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Coastal Hazard Adaptation Program

Disasters up and down the coast over the last few years have cost Queensland billions of dollars in lost productivity alone. 

In the face of the increasing severity of natural hazards and future liability risks, many coastal councils have been taking steps to understand the risks to their communities and assets, and identify solutions. However, undertaking this work is complex, requires specific expertise and is expensive - often beyond the financial reach of many councils.

The Coastal Hazards Adaptation Program will support all Queensland local governments impacted by existing and future coastal hazards to undertake coastal hazard adaptation planning. 

The Program will facilitate the development of high quality information enabling defensible, timely and effective local adaptation decision-making through access to tools, technical and expert support and grants for eligible councils.

The Program is funded by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) for the next three years ($4 million/p.a.) and will be delivered by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ).

NEW QCoast2100 is calling for expressions of interest to present at one of a series of forums aiming to share knowledge and information around plans and strategies addressing climate change related coastal hazard risks. Presenters from all backgrounds and organisations (including state and local government, research and private consultancies) are welcomed.

For further details and guidelines on how to apply, click here to download the EOI brief.

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Future coastal hazards

Impacts on councils

Benefits of adaptation planning

What the Program offers

Grant requirements

Applying for a grant

What can be funded?

Key timeframes

Contact details

Future coastal hazards

Current projections for Queensland’s coastline by 2100 indicate

  • A projected sea level rise of 0.8 metre
  • A southward shift in tropical cyclone activity
  • Fewer cyclones, but an increase in cyclone and coastal low intensity of up to 10%

The impacts associated with these changes include

  • Accelerated coastal erosion
  • Permanent inundation of low lying areas
  • Increased areas impacted by storm surge and king tides

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Impacts on councils

The increasing risks of coastal hazards will likely affect local governments in the areas of

  • Litigation and legal liability
  • Community expectations
  • Land use planning and development assessments
  • Asset and infrastructure planning and management
  • Financial sustainability

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Benefits of adaptation planning

Coastal hazard adaptation planning provides the following benefits to councils

  • Certainty for development and growth
  • Identified cost effective actions to implement early
  • Financial planning for higher cost options
  • Readiness to seek investment opportunities
  • Demonstrated leadership to community
  • Identified opportunities for innovation and renewal
  • Opportunities for regional collaboration

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About the Program

What the program offers

  • Project Advisors – to provide advice and guidance to individual councils in preparing project proposals and resolving any technical queries that may arise during a project.
  • Expert Panel – specialists in all the relevant areas of coastal hazard adaptation planning will provide access to the latest science, methodologies and guidelines, and provide expert reviews of project outcomes.
  • Grant Funding – available for the duration of the Program for eligible projects.
  • Knowledge Forums – to support Queensland’s emerging coastal adaptation community of practice through biannual knowledge exchange and networking sessions.

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Grant requirements

  • Open to all Queensland local governments impacted by coastal hazards. Coastal hazard maps for most of Queensland’s coast are available from the EHP website
  • Facilitate new projects or expand existing projects
  • Co-contribution based on the LGAQ membership subscription formula
  • A value for money, outcome focussed approach is applied
  • Best practice science and risk minimisation approaches are applied
  • Where practicable, cross-boundary collaboration is activated
  • Information sharing to help all local governments across Queensland adapt

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Applying for a grant

  • All eligible Queensland local governments will be contacted by the LGAQ to discuss the Program, project proposals and address any queries. Councils will be encouraged to start preparing draft proposals ahead of the call for expressions of interest.
  • Interested councils will be supported by a Project Advisor who will offer assistance with
    • Assessing needs and defining the scope of a project
    • Review of current works against the Minimum Standards and Guidelines
    • Preparation of a proposal
  • Proposals will be subject to Program board assessment and approval

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What can be funded?

One, some or all of the stages involved in the development of a coastal hazard adaptation strategy (indicative only)

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Key timeframes

  • Program announcement letter to all eligible councils – November 2015
  • Face to face meetings with councils – from November 2015 onwards
  • Engagement of Expert Panel and Project Advisors – December 2015
  • First call for project proposals – March 2016 (Subject to Ministerial approval)

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Contact details

Subathra Ramachandram – Program Coordinator, LGAQ. Ph: 0487 078 621 | 1300 542 700

Dorean Erhart – Principal Advisor – Natural Assets, NRM & Climate Change, LGAQ. Ph: 0408 774 495 | 1300 542 700

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