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Fraser Coast residents encouraged to photograph king tide

Seagrass is left behind on the boardwalk after the high tide in December at Great Sandy Straits Marina.
Seagrass is left behind on the boardwalk after the high tide in December at Great Sandy Straits Marina. Alistair Brightman

FRASER Coast residents are being encouraged to photograph the king tide on Saturday to highlight the impacts of rising sea levels as part of the Witness King Tides project.

A high of 4.15m is expected in Hervey Bay about 9am after a high of 2.32m at Fraser Island's Waddy Point about 8.15am.

Green Cross Australia chief executive Mara Bun said sharing photos allowed people to visualise how flooding from rising sea levels would impact beaches, coastal areas and shoreline communities in the future.

"Through gathering and sharing visual data, we raise awareness around Australia and can adapt for the future," she said.

"Around 85% of Queensland's population lives within 50km of the coast, so we are encouraging as many residents as possible to become aware of what to expect in the future.

Although king tides are naturally occurring and not a result of climate change, the biannual occurrence provides an insight into the potential impacts of rising sea levels to the Australian coastline.

To get involved go to witnesskingtides.org.

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