Our Coast project strengthens community response to climate change

Friday, 24 June 2016

The Our Coast project launched in Geelong today by Water Minister Lisa Neville, has produced a technical report detailing how areas along the Bellarine Peninsula and Geelong could be impacted by climate change under various scenarios.

The data underpinning the Our Coast project is based on sophisticated modelling and shows the extent of sea level inundation is less than previous studies had suggested. The scenarios suggest sea level rises of 0.2m by 2040, 0.5m by 2070 and 0.8m by 2100.

The project has an extensive community engagement focus and is supported by the Victorian Government, the City of Greater Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliffe and local committees of management.

A series of open houses and community workshops in each of the areas identified in the report will commence at the end of July. At these events, community members can learn more about the data and its implications, and provide input into future planning initiatives.

Federal and State Governments, local councils and management agencies all over Australia are conducting coastal assessments and mapping so communities can fully understand and be prepared for the potential impacts of climate change on our coastlines.

The Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula study area is one of four similar coastal assessment projects in Victoria.

Local councils will use the information generated by these projects to guide future planning decisions, emergency management processes, infrastructure maintenance, and climate adaptation planning.

More information is available at www.ourcoast.org.au  

Dr Kathy Alexander - Administrator, City of Greater Geelong

“The community will have access to the data in the report and a variety of tools, information and engagement opportunities so they can actively contribute to planning response strategies with partner organisations.”

"Improving the health of employees leads to increased job satisfaction and engagement and has been shown to improve productivity, reduce sick leave and increase employee retention."

“Sharing the latest information with communities and involving them in the coastal adaptation process is key to developing viable solutions. The community engagement process enables us to incorporate community values and priorities into action plans for each of the coastal areas.”

 “It’s important to understand this is a long-term planning tool. Whilst there’s no immediate risk, it makes sense to utilise the best scientific data now so we can minimise impacts in the future.”

Page last updated: Friday, 24 June 2016