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National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facilit (NCCARF) Tool Implementation Partner (TIP) 

For the past 12 months, BSC has been working with the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) as a ‘Tool Development Partner’. NCCARF are a federally funded organisation, tasked with developing a web based climate change tool called ‘CoastAdapt’. 

The BSC is one of nine other local government and regional partners, hailing from diverse locations across the coast of Australia. Partners have been meeting regularly with NCCARF, providing advice and feedback on CoastAdapt and the on-line discussion forum ‘CoastExchange’. 

BSC benefits from involvement in CoastAdapt through guiding the development and content of the tool and helping to ensure that it is relevant and fit-for-purpose for local government practitioners. In addition the exposure to other coastal practitioners and their experiences, as well as industry best practise and the latest research, is an invaluable opportunity that benefits Council’s coastal and estuary work program as a whole. In addition BSC receives a fee of $10k per year for partnering with NCCARF, who also pay for travel and accommodation requirements. 

As the development of CoastAdapt has reached the implementation phase, BSC and the other nine partner organisations have been asked to participate in an additional partnerhsip with NCCARF. For the next 12 months, this will involve assisting NCCARF with refining the trial version of CoastAdapt and helping with promotion and roll out. 

You are encouraged to check out the online discussion forum CoastExchange: 

For more information on CoastAdapt visit: 

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.

Byron Shire Council Publications