Technical studies and mapping

Council has updated its coastal hazard mapping assisted by funding from the QCoast2100 program. This refined mapping identifies areas along the Cairns coast that are likely to be affected by current and future coastal hazards being coastal erosion, storm tide inundation and sea level rise from climate change.

The mapping prepared as part of the Our Cairns Coast project will inform the preparation of the Cairns Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) and is one of the key technical inputs to inform the risk assessment and adaptation actions that will be required between now and 2100.

Once completed, the CHAS will be used to inform a wide range of Council documents and operations such as asset management, emergency management, land use and infrastructure planning (including future planning scheme amendments) and financial forecasting.

While the CHAS is non-statutory, the Queensland Government intend to use some of Council’s refined coastal hazard mapping to update the current State-wide Erosion Prone Area maps, which are statutory.

For some time now, the Queensland Government has made publicly available State-wide coastal hazard mapping for the purpose of development assessment and to inform planning scheme preparation.  Links to the State Mapping and further information on the technical methodologies can be found below.

Further Information

Disclaimer

This coastal hazard mapping is in draft form and is for the purpose of engagement and preparation of the strategy for the Our Cairns Coast project.

If you proceed, you will be taken as agreeing to the following terms and conditions to that access.

  1. The Storm Tide Inundation mapping is indicative only and identifies those areas of the coast potentially affected by temporary inundation from the sea during a tropical cyclone (or other severe weather event) and assumes no adaptation action is undertaken.  The mapping does not include riverine or waterway flooding caused by rainfall.
  2. The draft sea level rise mapping is indicative only and identifies areas that will potentially form part of the intertidal zone and assumes no adaptation action is undertaken. The mapping does not represent a shoreline position or where land may be lost to coastal processes.
  3. The erosion prone area mapping indicatively shows the landward extent of the coast that is potentially vulnerable to coastal erosion (short term and/or longer term coastal processes) and assumes no adaptation action is undertaken. The mapping does not represent a shoreline position or where land may be lost to coastal processes.
  4. This draft mapping does not replace the planning scheme maps published in PDF format on Council’s website.  Where inconsistencies are found between the interactive mapping and the PDF maps, the PDF maps prevail to the extent of any inconsistency.  In some cases, State mapping will prevail over the CairnsPlan 2016 mapping.
  5. This information is subject to change and should not be relied on to make decisions, particularly in regard to property transactions, to value property, for insurance purposes, or to make any decisions which may have financial or legal implications.
  6. If you wish to obtain definitive information with respect to any property, you should request appropriate searches of Council information in accordance with standard procedures by contacting Council.
  7. While all reasonable care has been taken in producing the information, Council does not warrant the accuracy, completeness or currency of this information and accepts no responsibilities for, or in connection with, any expense, loss, damage or liability (including indirect or consequential loss) arising as a result of any inaccuracies, errors or omissions, or your reliance on or use of this information.
  8. The copyright of the information available through this website is owned by or licensed to Cairns Regional Council. Council reserves all intellectual property rights in the information and does not confer any intellectual property rights on you or any other person by making the information available.
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Last updated: 22 August 2019