Shire closer to be­ing high and dry

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DOU­GLAS Shire has be­come the first coun­cil in Queens­land to com­plete the first two phases of a Coastal Haz­ard Adap­ta­tion Strat­egy un­der the State Gov­ern­ment QCoast 2100 pro­gram.

The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land is run­ning the $12 mil­lion QCoast 2100 Pro­gram to help coun­cils adapt to the pos­si­ble im­pacts of cli­mate change.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the $393,470 would help iden­tify and im­ple­ment cost-ef­fec­tive mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures and plan for ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment and growth.

Coun­cil has also re­cently teamed up with the Dou­glas Lo­cal Marine Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee to send sus­tain­abil­ity of­fi­cer Ni­cola Lear­mond to a coastal man­age­ment course run by Grif­fith Univer­sity.

“We learned about cli­mate change adap­ta­tion, and the po­ten­tial im­pacts of fu­ture cy­clones and storms, coastal ero­sion, storm tide in­un­da­tion and sea level rises caused by cli­mate change,” she said.

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