Sea level rise no longer considered in Planning Scheme

This was originally published on Gladstone Conservation Council’s Facebook page. The opinions are the author’s own.

“…we’d all better start praying, because the inevitable outcome of this poor policy is property damage and deaths. ” Read more below

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/sea-levels-no-longer-included-in-state-government-planning/story-fnihsrf2-1226778167541

From the linked article (address above) which you can read here: “A leaked Property and Infrastructure Cabinet Committee paper says: “Any local government that elects to include some allowance for sea level rise in their planning schemes will need to justify that the state interests relating to economic development are not materially affected by this.””

Soooo we’re going to allow local councils to make their own decision on this, but we can’t tell you if councils will be insured if they allow development that gets hit by storm surge, and don’t interfere with state projects with piddling objections that they might periodically get flooded with salt water.

Having personally been in a small cabin on the beach front in Bargara as ex-TC Oswald was passing overhead, I can tell you that storm surge is a real issue. Every high tide, the waves got closer, until they were almost underneath the cabin. As sea levels rise, this will only get worse during every extreme event.

I am all for allowing for local knowledge in planning decisions, but only the State Government has the resources to commission the studies to work out where storm surge will cause the most problems. And the money for the major works required to protect existing infrastructure. Local councils will have to do this by guess and by God and with few resources. And speaking of the big fella (no disrespect intended) we’d all better start praying, because the inevitable outcome of this poor policy is property damage and deaths.

By not including something as basic as sea level change in their policy, the State Government is putting money before people. That is unacceptable.

In the end, nature will win out. I just hope I’m not in a tourist cabin on the beachfront when it does.

Anna