Coastal Futures: Planning Our Changing Coastline

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Coastal Futures Project Overview

The Coastal Futures: Planning Our Changing Coastline is an important whole-of-Council project for integrated decision-making and coordinated responses to coastal hazard risks. It will provide the overarching framework and strategic direction for adaptation actions responding to coastal hazards.

The project will outline how to respond and manage current and future coastal hazard risks including guiding change, informing decisions making and prioritising actions across Council and the community. The process has involved identifying coastal hazards, assessing vulnerabilities and risks to a range of assets (tangible and intangible), engaging with stakeholders to select preferred adaptation options and determining the costs, priorities and sequencing of actions over time.

To date, Council have completed 7 of 8 phases of the Coastal Futures project. Refer to the 'Project Timeline' and 'Key Documents' sections of this page for more details and the key outputs produced by these phases.

Current and Final Phase (Phase 8)

The purpose of phase 8 is to gather, collate and summarise all of the findings from the previous phases (Phases 1 - 7) to develop a final Coastal Futures Strategy document. The document will provide the overarching strategic direction and framework for a coordinated and integrated ‘whole of Council’ response to coastal hazard adaptation.

The Strategy is an important means of guiding change, informing decision making and prioritising actions across the organisation to respond to current and future coastal hazard risks. It also provides information on the implementation of actions to support delivery of the Strategy by identifying priority actions, timing and staging delivery tools, roles and responsibilities, funding and establish monitoring and review processes.

The draft Coastal Futures Strategydocument encompasses a number of adaptation actions for different coastal localities to be undertaken by councils over the short, medium and long term (present day, 2050 and 2100) planning horizon.

It should be noted that the Strategy is overarching in nature and further work is required to integrate the project into purposes fit for other planning purposes (e.g. land use planning, disaster management, etc).

  • Draft Coastal Futures Strategy - Have Your Say

    The Draft Coastal Futures Strategy has been developed with ongoing community input which has shaped the technical work and the Strategy.

    The draft Coastal Futures Strategy is available now for you to provide your feedback on the document.

    Consultation closes 2 July 2021.

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  • Phase 1

    Plan for life-of-project stakeholder communication and engagement

  • Phase 2

    Scope coastal hazard issues for the area of interest

  • Phase 3

    Identify areas exposed to current and future coastal hazards

  • Phase 4

    Identify key assets potentially impacted

  • Phase 5

    Undertake a risk assessment of key assets in coastal hazard areas

  • Phase 6

    Identify potential adaptation options

  • Phase 7

    Socio-economic appraisal of adaptation options

  • Phase 8

    Strategy development, implementation and review

Have your say on how to adapt to our changing coastline

Fraser Coast residents are being urged to have their say on a new strategy for how our community can adapt to our changing coastline.

Cr Zane O’Keefe said the Coastal Futures: Planning our Changing Coastline strategy outlined actions that Council and the community could take to plan for the future of our coastal areas.

“Our coastline is an integral part of our Fraser Coast identity and lifestyle. Whether we live on the coast, work in a coastal town, or escape to our beautiful beaches and water for a break, our coast is part of who we are,” he said.

“This strategy is about planning for the future and the changes that will happen along our coastlines.

“It’s about building our resilience and ensuring we are better prepared for the impacts of hazards such as erosion, storm tide inundation and permanent inundation due to sea level rises.

“The draft strategy has been informed by the best available science and has been a collaborative effort with the community, who have shared their experiences and knowledge and helped us understand what is important and how we should plan adapt to coastal changes.”

Cr O’Keefe said the strategy included regional actions that would benefit our entire coastline as well as ten ‘local adaptation pathways’ tailored for specific coastal localities.

“From Burrum Heads in the north, Tinnanbar in the south, and all coastal areas in between, this strategy will help us better prepare for the impacts of coastal hazards on our communities, environment, infrastructure, cultural heritage, liveability and services,” he said.

The ‘Regional Action Plan’ in the strategy includes a range of recommended actions such as:

Educating and informing local communities about coastal hazard resilience;

Coastal monitoring programs and erosion studies;

Improved dune and foreshore management;

Updating the planning scheme, disaster management plan and Council’s Operational Plans to take into account coastal hazard mapping and

Maintaining existing seawalls, groynes and other structures which protect public areas.

The ‘Local Adaptation Pathways’ within the strategy acknowledge that each locality on the Fraser Coast is unique and highlights key assets in each locality along with adaptation options that could be considered.

These options include the potential refurbishment of existing seawalls, beach nourishment where possible and limiting future development in areas that are or could be exposed to coastal hazards.

Cr O’Keefe said community feedback had been vital in developing the draft strategy and he encouraged residents to view the document and have their say via the online survey or make a submission.

“The draft Coastal Futures: Planning our Changing Coastline strategy is now available on Council’s Engagement Hub website and is open for consultation for the next four weeks,” he said.

“We thank all those who have been involved in the process so far, and encourage local residents to jump online and take the survey to let us know what you think about the draft strategy before Friday 2 July 2021.”

To read the draft strategy, view the coastal hazard maps, fill out the short survey or make a submission, visit

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The Coastal Futures Strategy has been predominantly funded by the Queensland Government and Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) QCoast2100 Program. In addition to funding, the program provides the methodology for Queensland Coastal Councils to prepare a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy outlined in the Minimum Standards and Guidelines for Queensland (LGAQ & DEHP, 2016).

For more information about the QCoast2100program, including the minimum standards and guidelines, please refer to the QCoast website here
The process involved 8 phases of work, grouped by three key themes. They included:

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