By Juliano Oliveira
Gold Coast authorities will start to monitor climate change levels in an attempt to manage coastal hazards, including rising sea levels and extreme weather events.
In a joint effort between city and state governments, the plan revolves around constructing and developing new technologies, infrastructure, and environmental management practices.
The Gold Coast Seaway, the Sand Bypass system and Wave Break Island entails the infrastructure examples to be protected.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey and Mayor Tom Tate said there are expectations to make the Gold Coast a leader in climate change adaptation.
“With a natural capital value of $26 billion and over 6,000 direct and indirect jobs relying on our waterways, you can see why they need to be at the heart of our strategy to respond and adapt to climate change,” Mr Bailey said.
“They also protect public open spaces including Doug Jennings Park at The Spit and foreshores along the Broadwater from hazards like storm surges and erosion.
“This project will consider how these assets are holding up against climate change impacts and what future infrastructure is needed to respond to the changing environment.”
Mayor Tom Tate said the plan would build on the work being done under the City’s Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS).
“As chair of our Local Disaster Management Group, I’m particularly interested in the outcomes as these will assist us in forwarding planning for how we prepare for, and tackle, natural events that may threaten our city’s coastline and infrastructure,” Mr Tate said.
GCWA Chair, Mara Bún, said the Gold Coast has a strong track record in leading the way with developing innovative responses to environmental challenges.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the solutions that the project team comes up to ensure locals and visitors continue to enjoy everything the Gold Coast has to offer now, and into the future.”
Ms Bún said the project would set a clear direction for the management and protection of the coastal inland waterways using science and evidence-based research.