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 #7 May 2020

Did you know that under the Global Commission of Adaptation, 2020 is the year of Action on Climate Change Adaptation? This is a welcome reminder of the importance of coastal hazard adaptation planning across Queensland, and the work undertaken locally to protect Our Coast, Bundaberg’s stretch of over 100km of beautiful coastline.

The CHAS project held the first Community Reference Group meeting (CRG 8) of 2020, being a great opportunity to share with the community the progress Bundaberg Regional Council and wider project team has made since the last CRG meeting.

As a part of CRG meeting 8, Council provided the community a way to directly contribute to how adaptation options are prioritised. Using multi-criteria analysis is a best practice method and enables further refinement to adaptation options identified during Phase 6. Criteria used in this assessment include:

  • EFFECTIVENESS in reducing coastal hazard risks – degree to which options present long- or short-term solutions (that may require additional management action or upgrades in the future)
  • TECHNICAL VIABILITY - highlight adaptation options that require a high level of technical feasibility, requiring significant engineering to progress
  • ADAPTABILITY - ability for the option to be reversible/adaptable in the future, to meet the complex nature of climate trends (e.g. sea level rise faster than predicted)
  • IMPACTS on beach accessibility and amenity - the level of impact on the community’s ability to access and enjoy the beach
  • IMPACTS on environment and culture – the level of impact on environmental features, ecosystems, habitats and cultural heritage of coastal environments
  • APPROVALS - highlight the legislative and approval requirements (or impediments) to implementing an option within the current legal framework
  • COST - capital and ongoing maintenance costs of implementing an adaptation option

For each of these, an A3 poster was set up around the meeting room, and participants given coloured ‘sticky dots’ that they assigned to the criteria posters to demonstrate their preferred criteria ranking. These results were used to validate previously developed criteria weighting through the Project Team, to directly include community perspectives into Phase 7 outcomes.

From here, the project team is working towards finalising Phase 7 and entering Phase 8, in preparing the final Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy document. This will include a short summary video to share with you.

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.

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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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