Building a Resilient Coast for the Douglas Shire

Project News

  • Funding for Coastal Rehabilitation Works Secured

    Council was successful in receiving Queensland Government Reef Assist program funding that will help the Council deliver dune protection and maintenance works within our coastal regions (strategic action 4.1.1). This work aligns with the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy and helps deliver priority actions under Council’s Resilient Coast Strategic Plan. While the project will improve resilience to natural disasters, the improvements will also increase native vegetation, reduce runoff to waters and the Great Barrier Reef. As part of the program, the Council will be developing Foreshore Management Plans for key coastal areas. The Foreshore Management Plans will include a consultation phase and will be important in establishing a dune protection and maintenance program (strategic action 1.1.2). While delivering environmental projects, the program will provide local employment, training opportunities, engage local workers and contractors and boost economic recovery.

    For more information CLICK HERE.

  • Implementation Update #1 - June 2020

    Douglas Shire Council is moving forward in the Resilient Coast Strategic Plan by implementing a photograph monitoring program (strategic actions: 1.3.1 & 1.3.2). This monitoring program will utilise a citizen science approach and a CoastSnap platform, which has already been used both in Australia and internationally for coastline monitoring.

    As part of the project, the Council will be installing five (5) phone cradles at beach locations in Four Mile, Cooya, Newell, Wonga and Cow Bay. These locations have been outlined as key areas for beach monitoring and will be positioned to overlook a beach in locations accessible by the public. People are encouraged to place their smartphone into the cradle, take a photo of the beach and share it to a centralised database. This data can be later merged into time-lapse videos and analysed for coastal changes by using a series of algorithms.

    CLICK HERE for more information.

  • 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

  • Draft Strategic Plan - Your Comments

    Thank You for Your Comments on the Draft Strategic Plan

    The Team would like to thank all individuals, groups and stakeholders who have contributed to the Plan by making a submission.  Based on your feedback final revisions are now being made.

    CLICK HERE for more information

  • Draft Strategic Plan Now Available

    Have Your Say on the Draft Strategic Plan

    A draft version of the Resilient Coast Strategic Plan has now been released.  Have your say by making a submission through the 'Make Your Submission Here' portal.  The deadline for submissions is Sunday 21 April 2019.

    Resilient Coast Strategic Plan (draft) available HERE

  • Economics Factsheet Now Available

    New Factsheet Explores the Economics of Adaptation

    The new factsheet explores the process involved in assessing adaptation options, including the economic base case and cost benefit analysis.

    CLICK HERE for more information

  • Project Update #11 - December 2018

    Results in from the Second Resilient Coast Survey

    According to our survey over 80% of respondents have a general or good to very good awareness of coastal hazard adaptation options.  50% of respondents also told us that they visit their local beach more than 2-3 times per week, usually for exercise.

    CLICK HERE for more information.

  • Project Update #10 - November 2018

    Douglas Shire Resilient Coast Strategy Almost Complete

    The Resilient Coast Team are in the final stages of preparing a draft Douglas Shire Resilient Coast Strategic Plan.  The strategy will be available for public comment in early 2019.

    CLICK HERE for more information

  • Two New Factsheets Now Available

    What does a resilient home look like?

    If you're thinking about renovating or building consider our top tips for a resilient home.

    Adaptation Framework Factsheet available HERE
    Resilient Homes Factsheet available HERE

  • Resilient Coast Survey #2

    Survey now available

    A second and final Resilient Coast survey is now available.  The survey seeks input on coastal values and perspectives on adaptation options.

    CLICK HERE to complete the survey

  • Project Update #9 - October 2018

    Second round of workshops now complete

    The Resilient Coast project team hit the road between 30 October - 1 November hosting a number of community and stakeholder workshops in Cape Tribulation, Mossman and Port Douglas.

    CLICK HERE for more information

  • Community Workshops

    The dates of the second round of Community Workshops have now been released.

    Douglas Shire Council would like to invite the Douglas Communities to attend one of four Community Workshops on 31 October and 1 November 2018.  

    The workshops will include a short presentation from the project team, displays and maps to view, as well as the opportunity to share your thoughts.

    Click HERE for the flyer

  • Project Update #8 - September 2018

    Online map tool now available

    A new interactive map is now available on the Resilient Coast website.  Select a location, provide a comment or comment on other's posts about coastal concerns and ideas for a Resilient Coast.

    CLICK HERE for more information

  • Project Update #7 - August 2018

    Community Workshop Planning Underway

    The project team are currently preparing for the second round of adaptation community workshops due to take place on 31 October and 1 November in Cape Tribulation, Mossman and Port Douglas.

    CLICK HERE for more information


  • Project Update #6 - July 2018

    Douglas Shire Leading Coastal Adaptation

    Douglas Shire Council is now leading coastal hazard adaptation planning in Queensland, as the first council to have commenced Phase 6-8 of a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy.

    CLICK HERE for more information

  • Project Update #5 - June 2018

    Phase 4 Complete and the Survey Results are in

    The project team have completed Phase 4, which involved identifying key assets potentially impacted by future coastal hazards. The May 2018 Resilient Coast survey results have also been compiled and over 100 responses were received.

    CLICK HERE for more information

  • Coastal Hazards & Adaptation Factsheets now available

    What are coastal hazards, how are they changing and what can we do to adapt?

    Two new factsheets have been added to the Resilient Coast factsheet series.  The Coastal Hazards Factsheet focuses on storm tide inundation and coastal erosion processes; whilst the Coastal Adaptation Factsheet explores the different adaptation approaches which can be deployed to improve resiliency.

    Coastal Hazards Factsheet: CLICK HERE

    Coastal Adaptation Factsheet: CLICK HERE

  • Douglas Shire's Coastal Story

    It's not just about the science, it's about the people

    During the Resilient Coast Community Workshops we asked the Douglas Communities 'what has shaped the Douglas Shire coastline?'.  Cyclones, World Heritage Status and the Airline Pilots Strike were among the events mentioned.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to Douglas Shire's Coastal Story.

    Douglas Shire's Coastal Story: CLICK HERE

  • Project Update #4 - May 2018

    Round One of the Resilient Coast Workshops complete

    The project team have been speaking with the Douglas Communities and various stakeholder groups, building a shared understanding of values and a vision for a Resilient Coast.

    CLICK HERE for more information

  • Resilient Coast Survey

    Have your say by completing the Resilient Coast Survey (Survey Now Closed)

    What are some of the most important values of the Douglas Shire coastline to you?  Let us know by completing the 5 minute Resilient Coast Survey.


  • Project Update #3 - April 2018

    Phase Three now complete

    The project team has completed Phase Three and the updated coastal hazard maps will be available to view at one of four Community Information Sessions held on 8-9 May 2018.  Work has commenced on Phase Four which involves mapping coastal hazards, such as infrastructure, land-use and natural assets.

    CLICK HERE for more information

  • High Praise at National Coastal Conference

    Douglas Shire's Resilient Coast program recognised at Coast to Coast 2018.

    The Resilient Coast program was recognised at the national Coast to Coast 2018 conference held in Hobart, Tasmania last week (16-20 April 2018).  Douglas Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu said the recognition reinforces Council's commitment to addressing climate change.


  • Community Information Sessions

    The dates of the Community Information Sessions have
    now been released.

    Douglas Shire Council would like to invite the Douglas Communities to attend one of four Community Information Sessions on 8 and 9 May 2018.

    The information sessions will:

    • Outline what the Resilient Coast program is, and how it is helping to reduce impacts associated with
      coastal hazards such as erosion and storm tide inundation.
    • Present recently updated maps on erosion and inundation prone areas in the Douglas Shire.
    • Identify opportunities to help share the vision for a Resilient Coast.
    • Allow you to meet the Resilient Coast Team and ask questions.

    Click HERE for the flyer

  • Council adopts Climate Change Policy

    Posted on 15 December 2017 at

    Douglas Shire Council has taken a vital step towards future-proofing the region by adopting a climate change policy. The policy will direct Council to acknowledge the impact of climate change during decision-making for the next three years. Council adopted the Climate Change General Policy (Council Operations) at the Ordinary Council Meeting in Mossman this week. Mayor Julia Leu said the policy formally acknowledged everything Council was already doing as a climate change leader.
    “Climate change is a global problem requiring global solutions, but this Policy highlights the crucial role that local governments play in driving initiatives within their control” she said.


  • Project Update #2 - March 2018

    Assessment of Coastal Processes and Hazards

    The project team has completed a review of historical imagery and detailed modeling to assess erosion potential along the coastline. The updated assessments improve our understanding of the areas likely to be impacted by coastal hazards, both now, and into the future up to 2100.

    The Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG), chaired by Mayor Julia Leu, met for the first time on the 2 March 2018. The group were introduced to the project team, and briefed on the Resilient Coast program, coastal processes and hazards. The group also provided advice and input on future engagement activities, and provided input into the coastal management story and timeline being developed for the Douglas Shire.

    CLICK HERE for more information

  • Council attempts to get headstart on climate change impacts

    Posted on 12 October 2016 at

    Douglas Shire Council will apply for a grant to develop a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy.  The State Government is calling for funding submissions from Queensland councils to develop a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy that addresses sea level rises, more intense cyclones and accelerated coastal erosion. Mayor Julia Leu said the Douglas Shire has a number of coastal settlements, as well as areas of interest, assets and infrastructure at risk from increasing sea levels.

    “An initial review by Council has shown areas of particular interest are Wangetti, Oak Beach to Pebbly Beach, Mowbray to Newell Beach including Port Douglas, Rocky Point to Wonga Beach, Cape Kimberley, Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation,” Mayor Leu said.


  • Douglas Shire recognised as leader in adapting to climate change

    Posted on 11 July 2017 at

    Douglas Shire has become the first Council in Queensland to complete the first two phases of a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) under the State Government QCoast2100 program. Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Greg Hallam informed Council the Douglas Shire had been successful in its application for funding for Stages 3-8 of a CHAS after receiving funding in late 2016 for the first two stages. LGAQ is running the $12 million QCoast2100 program funded by the State Government to help local governments impacted by coastal hazards as a result of climate change to get on the front foot in adaptation planning.


  • Project Update #1 - February 2018

    What is a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy?

    Douglas Shire Council has commenced the development of a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS). The CHAS will be used to inform future decisions regarding the protection and management of our coast and foreshore. This will guide future land use planning, as well as guide the management of public utilities and facilities, and areas of environmental and cultural significance. It will be a transparent process that will involve engagement with the Douglas Communities and key stakeholders. 

    CLICK HERE for more information.