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Mackay coastline study puts erosion, flooding hazards in spotlight


Mackay will take part in a study over the next year to look at risks like erosion, rising sea levels and flooding on our shores.

The QCoast2100 program hopes to help identify and prepare for future impacts associated with coastal hazards, with more than a dozen regions taking part around Queensland.

Mayor Greg Williamson says council had been awarded funding to undertake the study over the next twelve months.

“Council’s Mackay Coast Our Future study will improve our understanding of coastal hazards and provide a proactive plan to manage the impact of coastal hazards on our communities, environment, cultural values and built assets,” Mayor Greg Williamson says.

Principal engineer with Mackay Council Robyn Birkett says a survey will be the first phase of the program, asking residents a number of questions.

"How we use the coast, what you value about the coast and your experiences with coastal hazards such as coastal erosion and coastal flooding," Ms Birkett says.

"The next stage will be consultation about the risk assessment that has been undertaken and then further on to that what adaptation options are available."

Mackay will be the last piece of the puzzle for North Queensland, with Whitsunday and Isaac regions already taking part in the QCoast2100 program.

Mayor Williamson says community views were also an important part of the study.

“Our current focus is on getting out into the community to understand key issues and values and to gain more knowledge about the history of our coastline.

“Over the next month our project team will be out and about talking to interested residents about the project and asking important questions such as how locals currently use and enjoy the coast, and what important historical events have helped shape the coastline over time.”

Mackay Council is reaching out to residents through the survey, which will be open until August 7.

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