Coastal Hazards Adaptation Strategy: Do you have a story to tell about extreme weather in the Whitsundays?

Thank you for the contributions we have received so far! You can view the photos and videos submitted by the community below under 'Latest News'.

We invite you to attend a community event on Saturday 29 July to hear a presentation from the Historians engaged by Council to collate and analyse information about past weather events and patterns.

  • 10am, Reef Gateway Hotel, Cannonvale
  • 6pm, Queens Beach Hotel, Bowen

The presentation will cover historically prominent weather events and their impacts on the community, including floods, cyclones and heatwaves, from the earliest settlement records up to Cyclone Debbie.

Enjoy food and refreshments during the presentation, and share your stories while viewing the visual displays!


Get Involved and Share Your Story!

Council invites you to share your stories and photos of past severe weather with us as part of this project, including personal recollections, photos of physical damage and reflections on the social impact to the community. This information will be vital for a complete and accurate picture of past weather events for our community records.

The historian will be working with local historical societies to collate this information, and will be presenting to the community at Information Sessions currently planned for July 2017.


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

Thank you for the contributions we have received so far! You can view the photos and videos submitted by the community below under 'Latest News'.

We invite you to attend a community event on Saturday 29 July to hear a presentation from the Historians engaged by Council to collate and analyse information about past weather events and patterns.

  • 10am, Reef Gateway Hotel, Cannonvale
  • 6pm, Queens Beach Hotel, Bowen

The presentation will cover historically prominent weather events and their impacts on the community, including floods, cyclones and heatwaves, from the earliest settlement records up to Cyclone Debbie.

Enjoy food and refreshments during the presentation, and share your stories while viewing the visual displays!


Get Involved and Share Your Story!

Council invites you to share your stories and photos of past severe weather with us as part of this project, including personal recollections, photos of physical damage and reflections on the social impact to the community. This information will be vital for a complete and accurate picture of past weather events for our community records.

The historian will be working with local historical societies to collate this information, and will be presenting to the community at Information Sessions currently planned for July 2017.


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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