The Capricorn Coast region will become even better equipped at handling long-term coastal hazard risks, after receiving $409, 435 in Queensland Government funding to undertake a second Coastal Hazard Adaption Program (QCoast2100).
The QCoast2100 program provides the funding, tools and technical support to enable all Queensland coastal local governments to progress the preparation of plans and strategies to address climate change related coastal hazard risks over the long-term.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said Livingstone Shire Council has been involved with the program since its inception in June 2016, launched by the former Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, the Honourable Dr Steven Miles MP.
“The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has been engaging with Council for the development of its first funding application which Council was successful in securing for Phases 1 and 2 of a Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy (CHAS) in November 2016,” Cr Ludwig said.
“This is fantastic news that Council has been approved to undertake phases 3 to 8 of a CHAS that will assist in positioning Council to build knowledge, professional capability and networks between the private, research, State and local government sectors that will continue to deliver on-ground results for our community.
“I must also commend Minister for Environment and Science Leeanne Enoch for the funding as well as the LGAQ, who fully supported this funding application and recommended it to be approved by the Program Board.”
Deputy Mayor Nigel Hutton said it is intended that QCoast2100 Program will support Council in facilitating the development of high quality information enabling defensible, timely and effective local adaptation decision-making across key areas of planning and operations.
“These key areas include land use planning and development assessment; infrastructure planning and management including roads, stormwater and foreshores; asset management and planning including nature conservation, recreation, cultural heritage values and other public amenities; community planning; and emergency management,” Cr Hutton said.
“Council is appreciative for the funding support as this program represents an unprecedented opportunity for local governments impacted by coastal hazards to get on the front foot in adaptation planning to implement cost-effective mitigation measures over the medium and long term, plan for development and growth, collaborate regionally and seek investment opportunities.”
For interviews, please contact Mayor Bill Ludwig on 0428 791 792 or Councillor Nigel Hutton on 0427 269 248