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COASTADAPT AND THE National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF)

Since July 2015, BSC has been collaborating with the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) who have developed a web based tool called CoastAdapt. NCCARF are a federally funded organisation, tasked with developing the tool which helps coastal practitioners and all Australians better understand our changing climate. BSC’s involvement in the project was as both a ‘Tool Development Partner’ and a ‘Tool Implementation Partner’ on a two year contractual arrangement.

The BSC was one of nine other local government and regional partners, hailing from diverse locations across the coast of Australia with partners meeting regularly, providing advice and feedback on CoastAdapt and the on-line discussion forum ‘CoastExchange’. The project has now unfortunately come to an end with an event recently completed at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to celebrate the numerous achievements to date.

CoastAdapt is a flagship coastal adaptation online framework which translates highly technical research information providing a fantastic resource to support decision makers to understand the risks from climate change and sea-level rise, and how to prepare for and manage these risks.  

The CoastAdapt tool is a one stop shop for everything you have ever wanted to know about climate change and is not only focused on the Australian coast, but covers regional and arid landscapes as well. When thinking about climate change, we not only have to prepare and adapt from an environmental point of view, but we also need to understand impacts on people and our vulnerable communities.

BSC has benefited in involvement in CoastAdapt and NCCARF through exposure to other coastal practitioners and their experiences, as well access to industry best practise and the latest research on climate change and adaptation. The tool is an invaluable resource to assist Council’s coastal and estuary work program as a whole and aid the development of coastal management programs.

You are encouraged to check out the online discussion forum CoastExchange: https://connect.coastadapt.com.au/ 

For more information on CoastAdapt visit: https://www.nccarf.edu.au/content/coastal-tool-overview

Byron Shire Climate Change Adaptation Planning

Funding under the Federal Government's Local Adaptation Pathways Programme (LAPP) has enabled Council to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan. The Plan focuses on adjusting Council's existing infrastructure and services by building their capacity to cope with new conditions associated with accelerated climate change.

On 9 April 2009, Council resolved to form a Project Reference Group (PRG) (Res. 09-158) to review the findings of the LAPP project.  Based on the findings of the LAPP project and consultation with the PRG, a Byron Shire Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Schedule was prepared to provide a holistic response to climate change risk management and adaptation for Byron Shire

Climate Change Strategic Planning Policy

The Climate Change Strategic Planning Policy provides climate change flood planning scenarios for the years 2050 and 2100. The 2050 flood planning scenario is to be used for any Council strategic, infrastructure and operational planning document or designs that may be affected by climate change. In terms of land use planning, the 2050 flood planning scenario will appy to most development except for land release areas, certain rezoning/LEP amendment proposals and special purpose and critical facilities. This policy should be read in conjunction with Byron LEP 2014 (clauses 6.3 and 6.4) and Byron DCP 2014 (Chapter C2 Areas affected by Flood).

It also recognises the importance of ecological communities and the impact rising sea levels can have on their health. It proposes that appropriate buffering of ecosystems from development is incorporated into strategic plans, land use controls and development proposals to allow room for the migration of those communities as sea level rises.

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