Source: Government of Queensland
Protecting the Cairns coastline from erosion and the impacts of climate change has been boosted by more than $430,000 funding from the Palaszczuk Government.
Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the grant of $431,420 from the QCoast2100 program would enable Cairns Regional Council to continue its coastal hazard adaptation strategy.
“This funding will allow Council to complete phases three to eight of its strategy between now and October 2019, including conducting risk assessments in coastal hazard areas, identifying potential actions and finalising a strategy to develop, implement and review these actions,” Mr Healy said.
“Planning for the future effects of coastal hazards, which will be worsened by climate change, is vital to this region as the Cairns Regional Council area consists of a narrow coastal strip between the Great Dividing Range and the Coral Sea.
“These areas have significant cultural and economic value and preparing for the damaging impacts of climate change is crucial.”
Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch said Cairns Regional Council was one of many councils in Queensland to benefit from the QCoast2100 program.
“This new grant for Cairns Regional Council brings the total amount of funding provided to the council to $500,000 to guard against future threats to the coastline and coastal communities,” Minister Enoch said.
The Palaszczuk Government’s $12 million QCoast2100 program is helping Queensland communities understand and prepare for the impacts of coastal erosion and storm tide inundation and the emerging threat of sea level rise.
The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) is administering the QCoast2100program and helping councils with proposals and development of their projects.
LGAQ President Mark Jamieson said the QCoast2100 program is designed to be accessible to coastal local governments irrespective of their current level of planning, capability and resourcing.
“More than half of Queensland’s 77 councils will be exposed to coastal hazards in the future,” Mr Jamieson said.
“It’s vital that local governments work together to assess risks and identify practical solutions that will help coastal communities prepare for serious issues such as storm tide inundation, coastal erosion and sea level rise from climate change.”
More information on QCoast2100 program can be found here: http://www.qcoast2100.com.au/
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