Coasts Council extended

By Angela Dorizas Local government will continue to have its say on coastal adaptation with the reappointment of the Coasts and Climate Change Council. Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, said the principal focus of the council would be on advising government on progressing coastal adaptation. Mr Combet said the Council would […]

New tools to map sea-level rise

Coastal municipalities will be able to identify future impacts of climate change and sea level rise using new maps launched today by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE). Developed in partnership with the Co-operative Research Centre for Spatial Information, the maps use the highest resolution elevation data currently available. The new tool […]

LGSA welcomes new coastal protection laws

The Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW have conditionally welcomed changes to the Coastal Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill, tabled in Parliament last week.  Local Government Association president, Genia McCaffery, said the Bill had been considerably amended after the Associations requested more time to consult with councils. "The Coastal Panel now has three […]

Landmark coastal planning guidelines

The New South Wales Government has released landmark guidelines to assist councils and State agencies plan for the impact of sea level rise. Minister for Planning, Tony Kelly, said the NSW Coastal Planning Guideline: Adapting to Sea Level Rise would help councils plan for the 600, 000 new residents expected to move to the state’s […]

Time to build community resilience

By Angela Dorizas The world has exceeded safe levels of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change can no longer be prevented. But rather than sinking into apathy, government leaders must instead focus on building resilience within their communities. That was the message from four influential authors at the recent Sydney Writers’ Festival event, ‘Have we […]

Governments should measure risk of sea-level rise

By Staff Writer Uncertainty over sea-level rise has lead to both inaction and over-cautious responses from government, according to climate change researchers. The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) said projections of future sea-level rise were subject to great uncertainty. In 2100, the rise in sea-levels could range anywhere between 0.2 metres […]

Sea level rise projections are ‘extreme’

By Angela Dorizas Developers have slammed the New South Wales Governments’ draft sea level rise projections as extreme. The Urban Taskforce, which represents the property development industry, claimed that the State Government’s projections were based on an “extreme scenario”. The Taskforce’s chief executive, Aaron Gadiel, said the NSW figures did not match-up with projected sea […]

Councils seek guidance in preparing for sea level rise

By Staff Writer In their submission to the New South Wales Government’s draft sea level rise policy, the Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW have called for clearer guidelines on preparing for sea level rise. Shires Association president Cr Bruce Miller said the draft policy on sea level rise lacked technical guidance on predicting […]


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