Townsville residents invited to have their say on adapting to coastal change

Date published: 24 September 2018

Townsville City Council has released a survey to gather information about the community’s attitude to future changes to the Townsville coastline.

Deputy Mayor and Planning and Development Committee Chair Les Walker said residents across Townsville are invited to take part in the short survey to identify what residents value about living in our region and how coastal change might affect their lifestyle.

“Council is committed to planning for the future to ensure Townsville communities are resilient and prepared for coastal change,” Cr Walker said.

“This long-term planning will help us manage these changes in a cost-effective, sustainable way.”

Cr Walker said the first step in the process was to raise awareness about potential coastal changes in our region and understand community priorities.

“The coastline in Townsville is changing due to a number of factors including severe weather events, storm tide, coastal erosion and the rising sea level,” Cr Walker said.

“Input from the survey will inform our assessments, planning and future decision making to find the best local solutions to protect our coastline and community infrastructure into the future.”

The online survey opens today and will be available for four weeks closing, Friday 26 October 2018 at 5pm.

The Adapting to Coastal Change in Townsville Project will be delivered in partnership with Queensland Government’s QCoast 2100 program. Townsville City Council is one of 28 council’s undertaking similar projects.

There will be opportunities for community feedback over the course of the project and Council will inform residents when they are available, this survey is the first phase.

Residents, businesses and stakeholders can register to stay up-to-date on the project.

For more information visit the Adapting to Coastal Change page on council's website.