The first round of engagement looked at identifying coastal values and identifying current coastal changes in Cairns.
A variety of consultation methods were utilised including online media, a survey, community displays and pop up stalls at the ECOFiesta and local markets.
We also talked to key stakeholder groups and individual businesses with assets that may be affected.
About the engagement process
- More than 1000 people engaged
- Eight internal council workshop
- 18 key stakeholder workshops and meetings
- 400 survey respondents
- Five pop-up stalls across the region
- Regular social media posts including 1 Facebook post with 249 reactions, 157 comments and 53 shares
Overall, the findings of the survey and engagement revealed that the community valued the natural coastal environment, habitat and wildlife most highly.
This was also reflected in an interactive sand bucket voting exercise held throughout the region at various events.
|Natural areas were valued as assets in their own right and seen as critical for long-term coastal, economic and social sustainability. There were also numerous votes for sandy beaches and recreational areas. The community were primarily concerned with effects of coastal change on natural areas, including erosion and impacts of storm tide events.|
|Better protection of coastal foreshores was highlighted, with a preference for ‘softer’ more ‘natural’ coastal protection methods like revegetation (including mangroves) and sand replenishment over engineering solutions. Many survey respondents are aware of actions implemented by Council in the Cairns coastal area to prevent or respond to coastal erosion.|
The most valued location for foreshore based recreation was the Cairns Esplanade, marina and wharf followed closely by the Northern Beaches and islands.
|More than 50% of local business owners that responded indicated that the coast was essential to their job or business with the main contributing factors being tourism and lifestyle. Business owners also identified the coast as important for marine tourism, a healthy reef and coastal habitat, coastal amenity and the value and benefit of proximity to these areas.|
The findings from the coastal values consultation will be used as input into the risk assessment of coastal assets and help to inform the most appropriate adaptation options for each locality. Community consultation on ‘Understanding coastal hazards and assessing the risks’ will commence in May 2020.
Key values were identified for each coastal community in the region. This information has been put together into an engagement summary ( PDF, 5.76 MB ) that sets out the features, priorities and observations of residents and visitors for the Cairns CBD; Northern Beaches; Barron, Kamerunga and Smithfield area; Southern areas; and the Islands.