Coast council says sea level rises factored into plans
WHAT THE NGIS REPORT SAYS
- By the year 2100 many businesses and homes along the Capricorn Coast will be impacted by rising sea levels, brought on by climate change
- An online map, outlining the predicted impact, shows CK Motors and the Blue Dolphin Caravan Park would be under water during high tide;
- The Swans AFL and Capricorn Football Club ovals would also be under water.
- The Capricorn Visitors Centre and the Reef Palms Golf Course will also be impacted.
UPDATE 5.45pm: A Livingstone Shire Council spokesperson says the local government took into account forecast sea level rises in its planning scheme.
The council has released a statement in response to a report, released today, which shows the forecasted high tide sea levels for the year 2100 show a number of businesses and homes along the Capricorn Coast being impacted.
"Council understands that NGIS has released an interactive mapping tool designed to communicate coastal inundation associated with sea level rise to the year 2100," a council planning spokesperson says.
"Council must take into consideration, sea level rise and coastal inundation in its Planning Scheme.
"Council has used the mapping produced by the State government in conjunction with further detailed studies prepared for Council by engineering firm, Aurecon.
"Council's draft Livingstone Planning Scheme 2016 will be reviewed by the State Government and any recommendations or adjustments in relation to sea level rise and inundation will be appropriately considered.
"Council will comply with the State's requirements that future development occurs in a manner that ensures infrastructure and lives are not placed at risk from sea level rise or coastal inundation. "
UPDATE 3.45pm: The manager of a Yeppoon caravan park says he's not greatly worried "at this stage" about the impact of climate change.
Dave Newton is the manager at the Blue Dolphin Caravan Park, which is in the direct firing line of rising high tide sea levels brought on by climate change, according to a new report released today.
"I'm not worried at this stage," Mr Newton told The Morning Bulletin.
"It's so far away, it's not really going to have a great effect on our generation.
"Climate change is a world problem, not just a Yeppoon problem.
"We have to protect ourselves, look at the impact from the coral (bleaching) situation at the moment."
Dave has run the caravan park for the past two years.
He said business was going "as well as could be expected" and believed coming developments would see the Coast grow as a tourism hub.
EARLIER: AN ONLINE map showing the forecasted high tide sea levels for 2100 show a number of businesses and homes along the Capricorn Coast being impacted.
New website Coastal Risk Australia has received more than 3 million web requests since its public launch on April 15, 2016, and has attracted over 100,000 individual users.
The map shows CK Motors and the Blue Dolphin Caravan Park would be under water during high tide if sea levels continue to rise due to climate change.
The Swans AFL and Capricorn Football Club ovals would also be under water.
The Capricorn Visitors Centre and the Reef Palms Golf Course will also be impacted.
NGIS Australia Principal Consultant Nathan Eaton said there had been broad interest from users in every state, with QLD areas being of the highest interest.
"We've received an overwhelmingly positive response, including some requests for data in areas that aren't yet covered. We feel encouraged to keep pushing the open data agenda.
The huge traffic on the launch day of Coastal Risk Australia meant not everyone could access the service, but this was swiftly amended.
The site, built by NGIS Australia, enables Australians to visualise how their homes, neighbourhoods and favourite coastal spots could be vulnerable to rising sea levels driven by climate change. It charts the majority of Australia's enormous coastline and is free to use.
Visit the website here: http://coastalrisk.com.au/