Coastal Hazards Adaptation Strategy

Council held two successful workshops in late July 2017, with presentations from Australian Heritage Specialists and Climate Planning. The workshops highlighted to the public the key notable weather events along the Whitsunday coastline, including cyclones, floods and droughts, dating from as far back as 1884.

Donovan Burton from Climate Planning discussed some of the key climatic trends and associated cascading impacts for the public, such as insurance and disaster management implications.

Members of the public were invited to view the visual displays showcasing climatic weather patterns, significant cyclones and floods experienced by coastal Whitsunday townships, ask questions and provide feedback to Council on the topics presented.

Whitsunday Regional Council will be looking at hosting further community presentations associated with the next phases of the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy in the near future. These will be advertised here, on Facebook and in the newspaper.

You can view the photos and videos submitted by the community below under 'Latest News'.


BACKGROUND > Council taking the lead on climate change

Whitsunday Regional Council is taking a proactive approach to climate change, by identifying climate change adaptation as a key focus for the region.

With over 500km of coastline, the Whitsunday region and its residents are vulnerable to the long-term impacts of climate change.

To respond to these challenges, Council adopted a Climate Change Adaptation Policy and Strategy in July 2016, to guide and deliver a range of important climate change projects.

Council is working closely with leading global specialists in climate change adaptation, Climate Planning, to determine how the Whitsunday region can best adapt to a changing climate.


Resilient Whitsundays: Coastal Hazards Adaptation Strategy

Building on this recent work, Council has received funding from the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) to deliver the ‘Resilient Whitsundays: Coastal Hazards Adaptation Strategy’ (CHAS).

This project will begin the important work of identifying which areas and key assets are at risk from coastal hazard in the Whitsunday region, and will develop potential options for responding to these challenges.

The project has eight key phases, which are as follows:

  1. Plan for Stakeholder communication and engagement
  2. Scope coastal hazard issues and undertake historical analysis
  3. Identify areas exposed to current and future coastal hazards
  4. Identify key assets potentially impacted
  5. Undertake a risk assessment of key assets in coastal hazard areas
  6. Identify potential adaptation options
  7. Undertake a socio-economic appraisal of adaptation options
  8. Strategy development, implementation and review

Council held two successful workshops in late July 2017, with presentations from Australian Heritage Specialists and Climate Planning. The workshops highlighted to the public the key notable weather events along the Whitsunday coastline, including cyclones, floods and droughts, dating from as far back as 1884.

Donovan Burton from Climate Planning discussed some of the key climatic trends and associated cascading impacts for the public, such as insurance and disaster management implications.

Members of the public were invited to view the visual displays showcasing climatic weather patterns, significant cyclones and floods experienced by coastal Whitsunday townships, ask questions and provide feedback to Council on the topics presented.

Whitsunday Regional Council will be looking at hosting further community presentations associated with the next phases of the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy in the near future. These will be advertised here, on Facebook and in the newspaper.

You can view the photos and videos submitted by the community below under 'Latest News'.


BACKGROUND > Council taking the lead on climate change

Whitsunday Regional Council is taking a proactive approach to climate change, by identifying climate change adaptation as a key focus for the region.

With over 500km of coastline, the Whitsunday region and its residents are vulnerable to the long-term impacts of climate change.

To respond to these challenges, Council adopted a Climate Change Adaptation Policy and Strategy in July 2016, to guide and deliver a range of important climate change projects.

Council is working closely with leading global specialists in climate change adaptation, Climate Planning, to determine how the Whitsunday region can best adapt to a changing climate.


Resilient Whitsundays: Coastal Hazards Adaptation Strategy

Building on this recent work, Council has received funding from the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) to deliver the ‘Resilient Whitsundays: Coastal Hazards Adaptation Strategy’ (CHAS).

This project will begin the important work of identifying which areas and key assets are at risk from coastal hazard in the Whitsunday region, and will develop potential options for responding to these challenges.

The project has eight key phases, which are as follows:

  1. Plan for Stakeholder communication and engagement
  2. Scope coastal hazard issues and undertake historical analysis
  3. Identify areas exposed to current and future coastal hazards
  4. Identify key assets potentially impacted
  5. Undertake a risk assessment of key assets in coastal hazard areas
  6. Identify potential adaptation options
  7. Undertake a socio-economic appraisal of adaptation options
  8. Strategy development, implementation and review
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