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LGAQ shores up QCoast2100 fund for coastal hazard planning
LGAQ SHORES UP QCOAST2100 FUND FOR COASTAL HAZARD PLANNING
Queensland’s councils are urged to bid for a share of an unprecedented $12 million in funding to identify ways to protect their communities against coastal hazards.
Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) President Margaret de Wit, Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles and Moreton Bay Regional Mayor Allan Sutherland today launched the QCoast2100 program at Redcliffe, one of the communities at the frontline of coastal hazards threat.
“On behalf of local government, particularly the 41 Queensland councils that will be impacted by coastal hazards in the future, we welcome this program, which honours an election commitment that the LGAQ worked tirelessly to achieve,” Mrs de Wit said.
“Natural disasters have already caused $5.4 billion in damage to local government assets in the past decade and have cost the state billions more in lost productivity.
“We’re looking for a value for money approach which gets affected councils working together to minimise the risks associated with coastal hazards.”
Dr Miles said QCoast2100 would provide councils with much-needed resources to tackle coastal hazards that were “already beginning to impact communities”.
“The science is clear that by 2100 we can expect a projected sea level rise of 0.8 metres, cyclone intensity may increase and possibly track further south more often,” Dr Miles said.
“That means accelerated coastal erosion, permanent inundation of low lying areas and an increase in the areas impacted by storm surge and king tides.
“The previous LNP government banned all mention of the words climate change and removed sea level rises from planning policy causing a legal and insurance nightmare. We are returning certainty for local governments.”
Cr Sutherland said the widespread devastation wrought by previous weather events, including ex-tropical cyclone Oswald and last May’s severe floods, highlighted the importance of planning for coastal hazards.
“For our local communities, it will help better mitigate the impacts of coastal hazards,” he said.
“It will help councils across Queensland implement adaptation strategies to reduce vulnerabilities to storm tide flooding and coastal erosion.”
For more information, visit www.qcoast2100.com.au.
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