Bundaberg Region Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy

Updates & News

  • 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.