Council’s pop-up events seeking the community’s feedback on our coastlines – what changes have we noticed and what needs to be protected – are happening in our region’s tourist hotspot, May 25 8-10am Cooloola Cove, location to be advised; in Tin Can Bay at Wes Mitchell Park from 11am-1pm (across the road from the library), and Rainbow Beach at Lawrie Hanson Park, near the anchor, 3-5pm.
The Cooloola Coast – The Resilient Coast project will better prepare Council and the community to respond to coastal hazards such as storm tide flooding, sea level rises and coastal erosion.
Gympie Regional Council is one of 31 coastal councils in Queensland to receive funding from the State Government’s QCoast2100 program to prepare a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS).
The project team will be working closely with the community to develop a region-specific strategy document that identifies key natural and built assets of economic, cultural and community importance in coastal areas of the region.
The team will then assesses the likelihood of a coastal hazard up until 2100 and the impact a hazard would have on the region’s natural and built assets. They also aim to develop strategies to respond to coastal hazards to minimise the impact on the community.
What do you value most about the coast? The project team are keen to tap into your knowledge of how the coast has changed, and how coastal hazards affect the spaces you know. Your input could help shape and influence the outcomes of the CHAS.
Residents and local businesses and the community can get involved in a few ways: completing a survey and becoming a member an voice for the Community Reference Group (CRG). Expressions-of-interest to be part of this group will be called during May 2019.
Attending key stakeholder meetings is also important. There are many businesses, tourism operators, property owners and community who have an interest in assets and spaces along the coast. Dedicated meetings with these groups will be arranged during May 2019.