Client: Gold Coast City Council
BMT was engaged by the Gold Coast City Council to undertake a consultancy to provide technical assistance to identify the key risks from climate change across the local government area and to test the readiness of the City to sustain or adapt to the impacts of key climate change parameters such as sea level rise, increased flooding and increased storms and hazard events.
In particular, the study sought to consider and suggest outcomes that might be delivered by the local government planning scheme to drive adaptation to climate change in the City.
Outcomes and Benefits
Working with project partners HASSELL, the study involved: a desktop review of approaches to adaptation planning undertaken by other local governments in Queensland and across Australia; and a review of how the current planning scheme and other planning programs administered by the Council address climate change issues and how they were planning to deal with future climate change risks.
The study carried out a series of interviews with senior Council planning staff. The results of these interviews were a substantive input to the review process as well as capturing the diversity of views and approaches to dealing with future climate change. The study report provided the key findings as well as a ‘blueprint’ to assist Council in mainstreaming climate change issues into various planning frameworks.
Services and Expertise Provided:
BMT, in association with Buckley Vann town planners and the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland (UQ), undertook a climate change vulnerability and adaptation planning study for the remote centre of Choiseul Bay, at the northern tip of the Solomon Islands.
The coastal zone of Byron Shire has a history of erosion and inundation related to ocean storm tides and wave attack.
The Queensland Government Department of Environment and Natural Resources contracted Buckley Vann Town Planning Consultants and BMT in 2010 to assist the Department with the development of a proposed planning and assessment code and associated guidelines to support the State Planning Policy for Coastal Management currently in development.
The Gold Coast waterways network consists of a range of maritime assets including boat ramps, channels, and anchorages that need to be maintained so that they remain clean, safe and accessible now and into the future.