Bundaberg Region Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy

Project Overview

Many coastal communities face coastal erosion and inundation risks. We are already experiencing erosion problems across the Bundaberg region including Woodgate, Moore Park Beach and Miara. It is anticipated that projected sea level rise and more intense storms from a changing climate may increase and extend these risks to areas currently at low or no risk.
These effects have the potential to impact the livelihoods and lifestyles of coastal residents and the natural environment. Decisions and actions that help to prepare for the adverse consequences of climate change as well as taking advantage of the opportunities are known as climate adaptation.
To assist in understanding and adapting to climate change, Bundaberg Regional Council is developing a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) for its 110km of coastline. The CHAS will look at hazards such as coastal erosion, storm tide inundation and sea level rise and the potential impacts on the community, infrastructure and the environment.
The output from the CHAS will be a strategy aimed at reducing the future risk of beach erosion and flooding in coastal settlements while also increasing the resilience of our community in response.
The CHAS will be informed by the best available science, data and information. Council recognises that both the community and key stakeholders have a significant role to play in the development of the CHAS. This website has been set up as a tool for digital engagement, a place to share information on the project and provide opportunities for you to have your say regardless of your location.
The CHAS will be developed in consultation with the community to ensure there is broad understanding of the vulnerabilities and risks associated with a changing climate and the need for climate adaptation.
We encourage your participation so please REGISTER HERE for updates.

Project Update #6 November 2019

Further CRG meetings (6 and 7) were held in August and October 2019 where members contributed to developing and validating the long list of adaptation options to mitigate coastal hazard now and under future sea level rise scenarios. A range of options were presented to the community group from the “Compendium” of adaptation measures, including regenerative options such as beach nourishment, dune construction and regeneration; coastal engineering options such as seawalls, artificial reefs and groynes; land use planning options such as land buy-back; development controls and non-structural options such as disaster management, education and awareness campaigns.

The group also reviewed the pros and cons of each option and provided feedback to the project team about the suitability of the options for each coastal settlement in the context of the current and future coastal hazard risks i.e. settlements may experience a change in risk profile over time – How will we mitigate the risk going forward?

Is there a scenario where defend is no longer an option? Do we continue to monitor the sea level until it reaches certain levels?

As part of Phase 7, the CRG also provided input to the ranking and screening of adaptation options by considering the costs, benefits, effectiveness, viability and negative impacts of the long list of options. The project team have used the CRG input in conjunction with technical expertise to refine the long list of options to refine multi criteria assessment. This assessment will assist the economic appraisal of the adaptation options for input into the final strategy document in Phase 8.

Project Update #5 August 2019

The results of the community survey revealed what resident’s value most about the Bundaberg Region coastline and will be used to shape the CHAS. More than 600 residents participated in the survey and the headline findings are:

The top five ways people use the coast:

  • Enjoying view
  • Recreational activities (in the water)
  • At the water’s edge
  • Socially
  • Visiting cafes, restaurants etc

The top five qualities and characteristics of the coast:

  • Presence of native animals
  • Relaxed lifestyle
  • Sandy beaches
  • Functioning infrastructure
  • Regulation of development

The top five concerns about the coast:

  • Dune erosion
  • Water quality
  • Loss of vegetation
  • Safe beach access
  • Population growth

The results from the community values survey will be used to assist to shape the future strategy and manage the risks of coastal hazard by provide guidance and a framework by which adaptation options to coastal hazards will be identified.


The fourth and fifth CRG meetings were held in May and June 2019 where members contributed to developing and validating the complex vulnerability and risk assessment processes as part of Phases 4 and 5 of the CHAS. For example, at the fourth CRG the group provided input to the risk assessment assumptions including looking at the scales of consequence of coastal hazard across a range of scenarios and sea level conditions. At the fifth CRG  the group were provided the preliminary results of the coastal hazards risk assessment across the Bundaberg coastal region and consideration was given to acceptance and tolerance levels the community has to coastal hazard risks and how this acceptance or tolerance level may change over time with rising sea level conditions. The group were presented with the priority areas, i.e. those settlements subject to intolerable risks and the sea level scenario that triggers the intolerable risk.


The CRG also provided input to the vision of resilience for the Bundaberg coastal region to understand what the future state for the coastal settlements in terms coastal hazard risk is and how can each adaptation option help to achieve this.


The statements of vision, coupled with the community survey insight will provide the framework for Phase 6 where the project team will discuss potential adaptation options to reduce or maintain risk from coastal hazard.

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  • Phase 1

    Plan for life-of-project stakeholder communication and engagement

  • Phase 2

    Scoping coastal hazard issues for the area of interest

  • Phase 3

    Identify areas exposed to current and future coastal hazards

  • Phase 4

    Identify key assets potentially impacted

  • Phase 5

    Risk assessment of key assets in coastal hazard areas

  • Phase 6

    Identify potential adaptation options

  • Phase 7

    Socio-economic appraisal of adaptation options

  • Phase 8

    Strategy development, implementation and review

  • Please Note:

    Estimated Completion – August 2020 - Subject to Change

The CHAS is being funded by the QCoast2100 program and Bundaberg Regional Council. The QCoast2100 program is a commitment by the Queensland Government in partnership with the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) to provide funding, tools and technical support to Queensland coastal councils to prepare plans and strategies to address coastal hazard risks as a result of climate change.
For more information about the QCoast2100program, including the minimum standards and guidelines CLICK HERE


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