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.
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.
You can help protect our coastline now. Visit our webpage on protecting coastal vegetation and sand dunes to learn more about what you can do.
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.
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.