Coastal hazard adaptation strategy

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Change to our coastal landscape has been and will continue to be a characteristic of our beach, canal and estuary environments. Given our vast coastline parts of the Moreton Bay Region are more susceptible to change from hazards including coastal erosion, storm tide inundation and predicted sea level rise. Read Fact sheet - Our coastal landscape to learn more. To better understand the coastal changes that affect these much-loved locations Council wants to work with you to develop a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy, an initiative of its Living Coast program.

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Planning for our coast

The Living Coast

Change to our coastal landscape has been and will continue to be a characteristic of our beach, canal and estuary environments. Given our vast coastline parts of the Moreton Bay Region are more susceptible to change from hazards including coastal erosion, storm tide inundation and predicted sea level rise. Read Fact sheet - Our coastal landscape to learn more. To better understand the coastal changes that affect these much-loved locations Council wants to work with you to develop a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy, an initiative of its Living Coast program.

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Planning for our coast

The Living Coast: CHAS is a long-term planning strategy to help Council, service providers, residents and the wider community understand and plan for the likely impacts of change on our coastal landscape. It will plan for future coastal management of infrastructure, services and the environment.

It will inform:

  • Land use planning and development assessment
  • Infrastructure planning and management including roads, stormwater and foreshores
  • Asset management and planning including nature conservation, recreation, cultural heritage values and other public amenities
  • Community planning
  • Emergency management

Read Fact sheet - How we prepare for coastal hazards now, and in the future to learn about the different coastal management options.

The development of the Moreton Bay Regional Council Living Coast: CHAS has received funding support from the Queensland Government’s QCoast2100 Program, an initiative assisting more than 30 coastal local governments to plan and prepare for coastal change.

The importance of CHAS

Coastal change isn’t a new phenomenon.

Besides being much-loved parts of the Moreton Bay Region, our coastal areas are dynamic places.

Their proximity and exposure to natural elements and climatic forces mean they are likely to experience physical changes. In some circumstances, community assets such as dwellings, infrastructure, services and local environments and ecosystems may be placed at risk.

To build on Council’s existing coastal management measures, a CHAS is being developed to understand community needs and values relating to the region’s coastal landscape and plan for future coastal change together.

Read Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.


Involved communities

The study area (i.e. the focus of CHAS investigations) comprises all communities near the region’s beaches, bays and estuaries, as well as those within and adjacent to the Bruce Highway, generally representing the tidal zone of our estuaries. Read Fact sheet - Our coastal landscape to learn more.



The CHAS timeline

The development of a CHAS comprises eight phases as determined by the State Government’s QCoast2100 program.

As Council works through the phases, communities will be kept up-to-date on progress as well as opportunities to be involved in a number of community engagement events. Council anticipates the final CHAS and its associated action plans will be completed by mid-2023.

  • Community consultation

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    26 Feb 2021
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    Have your say.

    One of the first steps in developing the Living Coast: CHAS is identifying what is important to the community about the Moreton Bay coastline and estuarine environments.

    By understanding what is important, your council can develop a strategy that better incorporates the needs and interests of land and asset owners and coastal communities.

    This shared understanding will help inform the most appropriate coastal management options for our region.

  • Share your photos and stories

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    Help capture and tell the story of our Living Coast. Use the 'Your photos and stories' tab to share what you know with the rest of the community.

  • Community reference group

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    The application details for the Community Reference Group will be published soon. Register for project updates if you'd like to be kept informed.

    The group will assist with the development of the CHAS throughout the project's duration.

  • Community values survey

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    Thank you to everyone who completed the community values survey between 16 November 2020 and 7 March 2021.

    Council is grateful for your feedback and participation. The results of the survey will be shared later this year.

  • Community drop in sessions

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    Thank you to the more than 300 people who attended one of our 12 drop-in information sessions where community members could meet with project team members and technical officers. Sessions were held along the Moreton Bay coastline at:

    • Redcliffe
    • Beachmere
    • Griffin/Dohles Rocks
    • Woorim (Bribie Island)
    • Bongaree (Bribie Island)
    • Toorbul
    • Deception Bay
    • Scarborough
    • Donnybrook

    Community members took the opportunity to tell us what they loved about their communities, their experiences of coastal hazards, and their concerns about future management of hazards in their local area. All of this, along with feedback from other community members, will help us develop a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy that reflects the community’s values and preferences.

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