Townsville Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy Pilot Project
To assist councils prepare a coastal hazard adaptation strategy, the Local Government Association of Queensland, Townsville City Council and the Queensland Government have finalised a pilot coastal hazard adaptation strategy for Townsville (the CHAS project).
The CHAS project demonstrates how adaptation planning can be undertaken to avoid or mitigate the risks of coastal hazards for our coastal communities over the short, medium and long term, taking into account the projected impacts of sea level rise.
The CHAS project mapped and identified both potential impacts and subsequent strategies to manage the projected effects of climate change to the year 2100.
The CHAS project delivered the following results:
- A coastal hazard adaptation strategy for Townsville;
- A compendium cataloguing a suite of innovative adaptation options relevant to Queensland and will assesses their feasibility, costs and effectiveness in the short and longer terms;
- An economic analysis report; and
- A learnings report (including pitfalls to avoid).
Townsville City Council is the first Queensland council to develop an adaptation strategy for managing coastal hazards. The landmark pilot project provides guidance for other coastal councils to develop strategies for their own local government areas.
The CHAS project was undertaken by GHD, in collaboration with the Local Government Association of Queensland, Queensland Government, Townsville City Council and Griffith University, with financial support under the Commonwealth’s Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways Program.