Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy

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Planning for the future of Redlands Coast.

Redland City is blessed with over 300 kilometres of stunning coastline and foreshore areas, from Tingalpa Creek at Thorneside south to the mouth of the Logan River and across the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah). It has a rich and long history and is the traditional and spiritual home of the Quandamooka People.

The coastal zone also has significant ecological value and includes Ramsar listed sites and parts of the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Moreton Bay (Mulgumpin) provides habitat for a diverse range of unique plants, and animals including rare, vulnerable, and endangered species such as migratory shorebirds, frogs, dugongs, and turtles.

The coastal environment also holds significant recreational, commercial, and eco- and cultural tourism value. The region is renowned for scuba diving, boating, and recreational and commercial fishing. These values have seen Redlands Coast become a popular place for us to live and work, and is home to more than 150,000 residents, many who live adjacent to or within proximity to the coastline.

Redlands Coast experiences regular impacts associated with storm events resulting in erosion and tidal inundation of low-lying areas.

Council is being proactive and developing a long-term comprehensive plan known as the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy to:

  • identify coastal hazard areas
  • understand vulnerabilities and risks to a range of assets and values
  • engage with the community to understand their preferred approach to adaptation
  • determine the costs, priorities, and timeframes for their implementation.

What is coastal adaptation?

Coastal adaptation is the process of adjustment to actual or expected climate change and its effects. There is a range of ways we can adapt to coastal hazards. Across each locality, strategic adaptation responses include to:

  • Monitor coastal hazard risk
  • Mitigate coastal hazard risk
  • Transition the land use

For each of these responses, there are adaptation actions that can be applied. These include:

  • protecting and building the resilience of natural systems, such as foreshores,
  • implementing land use planning controls and education programs,
  • changes and upgrades to infrastructure, and
  • implementing coastal engineering options.

Find out more and get involved

  • Look through our resources
  • Register to receive future updates
  • Click on a yellow pin on the map below to find out what Council knows about erosion at each site
  • Share your knowledge of an area at risk by dragging and dropping a red pin and/or uploading your photos and comments
  • Explore Council’s Red-E-Maps to find your property and any related overlays, or browse the overlay maps on the Redland City Plan site

Planning for the future of Redlands Coast.

Redland City is blessed with over 300 kilometres of stunning coastline and foreshore areas, from Tingalpa Creek at Thorneside south to the mouth of the Logan River and across the Southern Moreton Bay Islands and North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah). It has a rich and long history and is the traditional and spiritual home of the Quandamooka People.

The coastal zone also has significant ecological value and includes Ramsar listed sites and parts of the Moreton Bay Marine Park. Moreton Bay (Mulgumpin) provides habitat for a diverse range of unique plants, and animals including rare, vulnerable, and endangered species such as migratory shorebirds, frogs, dugongs, and turtles.

The coastal environment also holds significant recreational, commercial, and eco- and cultural tourism value. The region is renowned for scuba diving, boating, and recreational and commercial fishing. These values have seen Redlands Coast become a popular place for us to live and work, and is home to more than 150,000 residents, many who live adjacent to or within proximity to the coastline.

Redlands Coast experiences regular impacts associated with storm events resulting in erosion and tidal inundation of low-lying areas.

Council is being proactive and developing a long-term comprehensive plan known as the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy to:

  • identify coastal hazard areas
  • understand vulnerabilities and risks to a range of assets and values
  • engage with the community to understand their preferred approach to adaptation
  • determine the costs, priorities, and timeframes for their implementation.

What is coastal adaptation?

Coastal adaptation is the process of adjustment to actual or expected climate change and its effects. There is a range of ways we can adapt to coastal hazards. Across each locality, strategic adaptation responses include to:

  • Monitor coastal hazard risk
  • Mitigate coastal hazard risk
  • Transition the land use

For each of these responses, there are adaptation actions that can be applied. These include:

  • protecting and building the resilience of natural systems, such as foreshores,
  • implementing land use planning controls and education programs,
  • changes and upgrades to infrastructure, and
  • implementing coastal engineering options.

Find out more and get involved

  • Look through our resources
  • Register to receive future updates
  • Click on a yellow pin on the map below to find out what Council knows about erosion at each site
  • Share your knowledge of an area at risk by dragging and dropping a red pin and/or uploading your photos and comments
  • Explore Council’s Red-E-Maps to find your property and any related overlays, or browse the overlay maps on the Redland City Plan site
  • Survey closed

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    14 days ago

    The CHAS Phase 6 'Our Coastal Values and Experiences Survey' closed at midnight on Friday 24 July 2020.

    Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback to Council.

    There will be further opportunities for community consultation in the coming months as the project team continues to seek feedback on the CHAS.

    Stay tuned!

  • Council seeks community input on coastal strategy

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    about 2 months ago

    June 2020

    Redland City Council is inviting community members to provide input into Phase 6 of its Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy.

    A city-wide strategy for the protection of the city’s coastline, including islands and inland rivers and creeks; the project will assess the vulnerability of infrastructure, assets and property to coastal hazards, and recommend actions to help adapt and manage these risks.

    As part of the project’s next phase, Council is conducting an online survey seeking feedback from community members on what they value most about Redlands Coast, plus their understanding and any experiences of coastal hazards.

    Mayor Karen Williams, who is also chairperson of the project’s steering committee, said the next phase involved identifying options that would help Redlands Coast adapt to, and be protected from, potential hazards such as coastal erosion, storm tide inundation, and sea level rise to the years 2070 and 2100.

    “I’m very proud of this project and I’m looking forward to its completion later this year,” Cr Williams said.

    “Council and project stakeholders have worked hard in developing the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy, and this next phase calls for the community to provide invaluable input to help inform the strategy’s recommended actions.

    “Redlands Coast residents should feel confident knowing Council will have a plan in place to help protect our coastal lifestyle, Indigenous cultural heritage, and to guide the adaptation of private property and public infrastructure.”

    Development of the strategy is overseen by the project’s steering committee, and is developed in consultation with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, key asset owners and stakeholder bodies, and the wider Redlands Coast community.

  • Council continues to make progress on its CHAS

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    6 months ago

    Phase 3 and 4 have been completed, reviewed and accepted by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). These phases of the project focused on identifying areas exposed to current and future coastal hazards and identifying assets that will potentially be impacted by these hazards. The project's Technical Working Group and Steering Committee both provided valuable input in refining this work.

    In February 2020, Phase 5 of the strategy was submitted for review and approval to the LGAQ. This phase involved estimating the level of risk posed to key assets or locations that could be impacted by coastal hazards – considering the likelihood and the consequence of potential impacts.

    The project's remaining phases (Phase 6-8) has been awarded to coastal consulting organisation, Alluvium.

    Work has now begun on Phase 6 in which a range of potential adaptation options will be identified to manage the risk, coastal hazards pose, to a wide range of coastal assets and values.

    The full range of options will be evaluated and analysed in Phase 7 later this year using social, environmental and economic criteria to help Council and other stakeholders to prepare for and make decisions on how they can respond to coastal hazards.

  • CHAS update

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    12 months ago

    On Tuesday 23 July, the CHAS steering committee meeting was held. Consultants presented the reports for phases three and four of the strategy that looked at identifying the hazards and assets at risk, respectively. Council and the Local Government Association of Queensland are currently examining the reports.

    The State is also set to review the revised Erosion Prone Area (EPA) mapping. The EPA will replace the current State mapping.



  • Refining EPA mapping

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    about 1 year ago

    Council is in the process of further refining the Coastal Protection (erosion prone areas) Overlay, in consultation with the state Department of Environment and Science (DES), to recognise areas already protected from erosion.

    These include areas protected by natural means (i.e. hard, rocky outcrops) and man-made measures (i.e. revetment walls).

    Once finalised this will feed into Phases 3 and 4 of the CHAS.

  • Status update

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    over 1 year ago

    Council has completed the Communication and Engagement Plan (CEP) which is Phase 1 of the CHAS. This plan identifies education programs to help Redlands residents understand coastal hazards and their impacts and articulates how and when key stakeholders will be engaged. The Scoping/Gap Analysis (Phase 2) has also been completed which identifies any gaps in Council's knowledge that may be required to move forward with the Strategy.

    At the time of writing, Phases 3 and 4 are estimated to be completed by April 2019. Phase 3 identifies the areas of Redlands Coast exposed to current and future coastal hazards. Phase 4 then drills down looking at key assets within those areas that may potentially be impacted.

  • Technical Working Group formed

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    over 1 year ago

    Redland City Council has formed a technical working group made up of key internal stakeholders to ensure technical excellence throughout the development of the CHAS. Members are drawn from asset management, city planning, environment, disaster management, risk management, and strategy and governance.

    Their role is to review each milestone of the CHAS, providing guidance and bringing their professional expertise to the table.

  • Coastal Hazards Adaptation Strategy: Part 2- Emerging Hazards

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    almost 2 years ago

    The Draft Coastal Adaptation Strategy: Part 1 - Current Hazards is final and was endorsed by Council in December 2016. This work identified those areas on Redlands Coast that are currently subject to erosion, and recommended appropriate and sustainable management of these areas.This report will remain in draft until Part 2 is finalised in 2020.

    The Coastal Hazards Adaptation Strategy (CHAS): Part 2 - Emerging Hazards is now under development and builds on the existing hazards that were identified in Phase 1. The Strategy development and delivery is overseen by a high-level Coastal Adaptation Steering Committee chaired by Redland City's Mayor, which involves senior State Government representatives who provide advice on the progress of the CHAS.

    The Queensland State Government's QCoast 2100: Minimum Standards and Guideline for Queensland Local Governments, underpins the development of this second stage of the Strategy, enabling Councils to focus forward and consider the future coastal hazards and their impacts out to the year 2100.

    QCoast2100 also provides funding through the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ), to facilitate the delivery of the eight-phase process which is outlined in the attached figure.

    Redland City Council is currently completing Phases 3 and 4, and expects the Strategy to be completed by October 2020.

    Figure 1: CHAS Eight Phase Process

  • June 2018 Update

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    about 2 years ago

    From April 2017 to the end of July 2017, Council consulted with local communities and special interest groups about coastal erosion.

    Consultation included distribution of local area maps showing nearby erosion locations, on-site engagement events at key erosion locations, stakeholder briefings and more.

    Council also did surveys to find out how the community used these areas, and identify what the community and stakeholders wanted to see preserved and protected at these locations.

    Feedback ranged across interests and included the need to preserve: easy access to popular beaches, important Indigenous and European heritage sites, infrastructure, and the intertidal zone which is important for migratory birds.

    Thousands of people participated in the consultation process.

    Community consultation also led to the identification of additional sites, which following assessment may be added to the list of 44 currently recognised erosion prone locations.

    Keep an eye out for the next phase of community consultation, with workshops starting in August 2018.