Queensland Officials Launch QCoast2100 Program
Queensland’s coastal councils are invited to submit their bids to a $12 million State Government fund to help them safeguard their communities from the impacts of climate change.
Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles and Margaret de Wit, President of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), and Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland launched the QCoast2100 program today at Redcliffe, one of the communities on the frontline in the battle against the worst of the predicted effects.
“The science is clear that by 2100 we can expect a projected sea level rise of 0.8 meters, 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.”
Mayor Allan Sutherland welcomed the State Government’s $12 million program to help local councils mitigate against the impacts of coastal hazards.
“With more than 150 km of coastline in the Moreton Bay Region, our council is committed to minimizing, where possible, the community’s exposure to coastal hazards, and projects such as the State Government’s QCoast2100 program will help councils across Queensland fund important adaptation strategies to help reduce vulnerability to storm tide flooding and coastal erosion,” Mayor Sutherland said.
Attorney-General and Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath added that the QCoast2100 program was intended to facilitate new coastal hazard adaptation strategies as well as expand existing projects to make them more effective.