Jun 05, 2016

$12 million climate change fund to help coastal councils

$12 million climate change fund to help coastal councils

Queensland’s coastal councils are invited to submit their bids to a $12 million State Government fund to help them safeguard their communities from the impacts of climate change.

“The science is clear that by 2100 we can expect a projected sea level rise of 0.8m, cyclone intensity may increase and possibly track further south more often,” Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said.

“That means accelerated coastal erosion, permanent inundation of low lying areas and an increase in the areas impacted by storm surge and king tides.

“The previous LNP government banned all mention of the words climate change and removed sea level rises from planning policy causing a legal and insurance nightmare. We are returning certainty for local governments.”

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland welcomed the State Government’s $12 million program to help local councils mitigate against the impacts of coastal hazards.

“With more than 150km of coastline in the Moreton Bay Region, our council is committed to minimising, where possible, the community’s exposure to coastal hazards, and projects such as the State Government’s QCoast2100 program will help councils across Queensland fund important adaptation strategies to help reduce vulnerability to storm tide flooding and coastal erosion,” Cr Sutherland said.

Attorney-General and Member for Redcliffe Yvette D’Ath said the QCoast2100 program was intended to facilitate new coastal hazard adaptation strategies as well as expand existing projects to make them more effective.

“It’s imperative that councils in affected areas take action now and that’s why we will work with councils and the LGAQ to deliver practical help where it’s most needed,” she said

“I encourage all affected coastal councils to get your bids in.”

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