The Palaszczuk Government is providing Gladstone Regional Council with an initial grant of $47,000 for the Gladstone Regional Council to develop a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS).
Member for Gladstone, Glenn Butcher, said that the money is part of the Palaszczuk Government’s $12 million QCoast2100program.
“The program helps communities understand and prepare for coastal erosion and storm tide inundation hazards and the emerging threat of sea level rise caused by climate change,” Mr Butcher said.
“The council will use the funding to carry out the first two phases of their CHAS and will focus on specific areas at risk, including environmental, industrial and residential areas, community infrastructure and places of cultural importance.”
Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Leeanne Enoch, added that the funding means that the Council can carry out a broad assessment of coastal hazards in these areas and identify assets at risk as well as examining management options to keep the community safe.
“Engagement and education of the community is an important part of the project to ensure people have a role in shaping the response to this significant issue,” Minister Enoch said.
“Gladstone Regional Council intends to complete the initial phases of their CHAS by June 2019 and joins 30 other Councils that have already been awarded funding.”
The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) is administering the QCoast2100program and helping councils with the development of their projects.