OPINION: Coastal overlay not in line with latest policy
GLADSTONE REIQ'S MARK SPEARING:
I HAVE fielded several approaches relating to the proposed Coastal Erosion Mapping Overlay in the draft Gladstone Regional Council Planning Scheme.
The proposed Coastal Overlay allows for a 0.8m sea level rise that was policy of the Bligh Government brought in 2012.
The policy is not consistent with the current state Coastal Erosion Policy that does not include a 0.8m sea level rise.
I understand that action is being taken as the Gladstone Regional Council rejected a large number of submissions by property owners expressing concerns about the proposed overlays.
The draft scheme is currently at the minister's office for review and signing. It is due to come into effect on July 1, 2015.
An email was drafted for the benefit of the Agnes Water / Rules Beach and 1770 coastlines outlining the impacts, but the residents of Gladstone Harbour should commence their own action by contacting Glenn Butcher MP ASAP to discuss this matter with the community.
The implications are the same as those for Agnes Water - 1770.
What is the Proposed Coastal Overlay based on?
Our understanding is that the planned erosion zone is based on the 2100 year and 1000 year cyclone event done on desktop modelling.
The Gladstone Regional Council are saying the Local Government Association of Queensland are imposing the requirement to adopt the proposed overlay in order to be able to provide them with insurance.
We understand the Gladstone Regional council are not obligated to adopt such a policy.