Bundaberg Region Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy


Our consultants Water Technology are currently undertaking Phase 4 and 5 which is identify key assets and features across the Bundaberg Region potentially impacted by coastal hazards and undertake an analysis of the economic impacts of those impacts and a risk assessment. This analysis will help to identify the priorities for adaptation action. We will start to discuss potential adaptation options in Phase 6. 

Involvement from the local community and stakeholders is being sought as part of the information gathering exercise to assist with the understanding of the coastal hazards along the Bundaberg region coastline. The project team would like to hear from people who have any supporting information about the coast such as photos, videos and stories. You can share this information via the Contact the Team section of the website or the Share Your Story link.

The CHAS will be used to:

  • Identify coastal hazard areas
  • Understand the vulnerabilities and risks to communities, infrastructure and the environment
  • Engage with the community to understand their preferred approach to adaptation and
  • Develop costs, priorities and timeframes for implementation of adaptation options.

Phases 1 and 2 were undertaken and completed in 2017. Phase 1 involved the preparation of a life-of-project Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Plan which provides the framework for the communications and engagement planned during the development of Phases 3 to 8 of the CHAS. Phase 2 involved the preparation of a Scoping Report which identified existing information that Council can use to inform the development of the CHAS and considered the need where appropriate to recommend further technical studies to supplement the information.

Phase 3 was complete in January 2019, which involved identifying the areas exposed to coastal hazard both now and in the future. Coastal hazards considered includes both short term and long-term erosion and storm tide inundation of low lying coastal land. A range of future sea level rise scenarios were considered to understand how the hazard is likely to change over time. The output of Phase 3 is an updated coastal hazard mapping for the region which is AVAILABLE HERE.