Building a Resilient Coast for the Douglas Shire

Project Overview

This website has been created by DOUGLAS SHIRE COUNCIL for the purpose of engaging with the Douglas Communities and key stakeholders about the Resilient Coast program.

Douglas Shire is a place of spectacular beauty. Our coastal zone encompasses world-class landscape features, including pristine rainforests and beaches, and a diversity of cultural, economic and environmental values.

Coastlines are dynamic, ever-changing with each tide and storm event. Erosion and storm tide events are natural processes that shape the coast over long timeframes. However, these events become coastal hazards when they impact on our communities. Douglas Shire is prone to cyclone and storm events, and coastal hazard impacts are predicted to increase with a changing climate.

The purpose of the Resilient Coast program is to undertake a transparent process with our communities to develop a Strategic Plan to help us proactively manage the risk of coastal hazards, both now and into the future (to 2100). Our Resilient Coast Strategic Plan enables us to be better prepared to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards on our communities, environment, cultural values, infrastructure, liveability and services.

The Resilient Coast Strategic Plan was adopted by Douglas Shire Council at the 28 May 2019 Council Meeting.The program has now moved into the implementation phase and Douglas Shire Council will be working through the 35 actions outlined in the Strategic Plan over the next ten years.

Implementation Phase Begins

Resilient Coast Program moves into Implementation Phase

The Resilient Coast Strategic Plan 2019-2029 outlines 35 priority actions which will help build the resiliency of the Douglas Shire coastline. 

 

In Financial Year 2019/20 Council will pursue the following actions:

  • Identify networks/forums for knowledge sharing (strategic action: 1.2.1)
  • Implement a community stewardship photograph monitoring program (strategic actions: 1.3.1 & 1.3.2)
  • Land use planning considerations (strategic actions: 2.1.1 & 2.1.2)
  • Disaster management considerations (strategic action: 2.2.1)

Resilient Coast Strategic Plan Adopted

Douglas Shire Council adopts the Strategic Plan

Our Resilient Coast Strategic Plan enables us to be better prepared to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards on our communities, environment, cultural values, infrastructure, liveability and services. The Strategic Plan was designed in collaboration with the Douglas Communities and stakeholders and recommends 35 priority actions over the coming 10 years.

CLICK HERE to view the Strategic Plan

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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

  • Implementation Phase

The QCoast2100 Program

The Douglas Shire Council Resilient Coast program is predominantly funded by the Queensland Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) through the QCoast2100 program.

The QCoast2100 program provides the funding, tools and technical support to enable Queensland coastal local governments to create plans and strategies to address climate change related coastal hazard risk over the medium to long term.

For more information about the QCoast2100 program CLICK HERE