Coastal Hazard Adaptation Communication Guidelines
Local governments located on or near the coastline must make decisions about unavoidable coastal hazards. These decisions relate to:
- strategic planning, development assessment and building approvals in present day and expected future hazard areas
- managing council assets in present day and expected future hazard areas, including roads, stormwater outfalls, foreshore amenities and access
- managing foreshore areas for nature conservation, recreation or other public uses that are affected by a changing climate and coastal conditions; and
- emergency management during disaster events such as flooding and cyclones.
By showing strong leadership and embracing a transparent approach to communication and engagement, local governments have the opportunity to enhance their role as a trusted community partner.
While communication and engagement in relation to coastal adaptation is, in theory, not different from communication and engagement for other types of projects, it does require specific attention and consideration of complex social, economic and environmental issues.
Therefore, with each project undertaken or decision made by council related to coastal hazards, a specifically designed communication and engagement plan should be developed to suit the intricacy and geographical scale of the project; complexity of the issues; ownership of any affected assets; and availability of local government resources.
The LGAQ has prepared the Communication Guidelines for Coastal Hazard Adaptation to provide a practical resource to assist both elected members and council officers develop fit-for-purpose communication strategies about coastal hazards and council's decision-making processes to respond and adapt to such hazards.
Please contact Dorean Erhart, Principal Advisor - Natural Assets, NRM & Climate Change for more information about the Guidelines1300 542 700