EOI for Community PanelFrom : Fri, 22 Nov 2019 08:15 AMTo : Fri, 31 Jan 2020 05:00 PMAt : Torquay
November's community workshops for Coastal Futures: Planning Our Changing Coastline are completed.
The Coastal Futures project team has been engaging through the month of November with internal Council Departmental staff, various community, sporting, business, industry and environmental representative groups and broader community members on hazard mapping work to date, outcomes of recent the Values Survey and also introduced to Phase 5's Risk Assessment Framework and future steps.
Engagement participants were engaged through a series of workshops and forums to consider outcomes of what the broader community valued along our coastline with the context of identified coastal hazards risk and their consequences. A small discussion activity was set to:
Council and the rest of the project team thanks all participants for their valuable input and discussions for this period of community engagement.
Thank you Fraser Coast for having your say in the survey and participating in the primary school colouring competition. Council received 350 completed surveys and in excess of 250 entries in the colouring competition. Your input of values and concerns will help in the development of plan that will help mitigate the future impacts of climate change. Your contributions are now being collated and analysed. Please see the What's On for future events to participate in. Stay tuned for the next update.
As part of Phase 3 and 4 of Coastal Futures: Planning Our Changing coastline, we are seeking input from the community to identify important areas of personal, social, economic, cultural and environmental value. Gathering this information will ensure we are considering adaptation options that reflect the community’s values and priorities.
The approach to community engagement for various stakeholder groups is outlined in the Community Engagement Overview document attached.
Date: Thursday 8 August 2019
Location: Beach House Hotel 344 Esplanade, Scarness
Morning session: 7:30am – 9.30am
Evening session: 5.30am – 7.30pm
Please RSVP by emailing email@example.com or by calling Fraser Coast Regional Council on 1300 79 49 29. A light breakfast / light supper will be provided at the sessions.
Fraser Coast Regional Council is planning for increased threats of erosion and higher storm tides along the coastline, and local residents are encouraged to get involved in the process.
Cr David Lewis said Council was keen to hear from the community about what they valued about the Fraser Coast coastline to help identify priorities for the planning project.
“From Burrum Heads in the north, to Tinnanbar in the south, and all areas in between, this project will determine how Council and the community can become more resilient to the effects of coastal hazards,” he said.
“We know that coastal communities are already at risk from sea erosion and storm tide inundation caused by cyclones and other severe storm systems, and these will become a greater threat with rising sea levels.
“The Coastal Futures: Planning Our Changing Coastline project will develop a plan to help protect our community assets and infrastructure, and maintain our unique natural environment here on the Fraser Coast.
“The project is an opportunity for Council and residents to get on the front foot to identify and implement cost-effective mitigation measures over the medium and long term as we plan for development and growth.”
Cr Lewis said Council was launching an online survey and a project page had been set up on Council’s Engagement Hub website - https://frasercoast.engagementhub.com.au/coastal-futures-planning-our-changing-coastline
Residents can register their interest to keep updated on the project, or view fact sheets, frequently asked questions, an interactive map and a project timeline via the website.
“We’ll also be seeking feedback through stakeholder group meetings and pop-up information stalls throughout the region in coming months, while a community reference group will be established to make recommendations to Council,” he said.
“We’re starting the conversation with the community to identify important areas of personal, social, economic, cultural and environmental value to assist us when considering adaptation options.”
Council has been allocated $430,000 in funding from the Queensland Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland through the QCoast 2100 program (www.qcoast2100.com.au) to develop a Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy by September 2020.