Regional Coastal Strategy

The Kingborough Mayor, Paula Wriedt said it was fantastic to see the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority (STCA) release their Regional Strategy for Adapting to a Changing Coastline in Tasmania.

“Here in Kingborough we have one of the longest coastlines in the state, which stretches a stunning and unique 336 kilometres,” Cr Wriedt said.

“Coastal changes are a reality and are already affecting our beautiful municipality.

“Council has just recently completed a community discussion on the erosion issues happening at Tinderbox Beach.

“This engagement activity raised future management options for Tinderbox Beach and sought to bring the residents and local users of the area along in the journey of decision making.

“The workshop shared a geomorphological assessment prepared by Dr Chris Sharples and discussed future management options with the participants, including managed retreat, sandbagging and rock revetment options.

“Unfortunately, adapting to a changing coastline in Tasmania is not something that will just happen. This Regional Coastal Strategy is very important for developing consistent risk management processes and principles for all Councils.

“The document covers coastal values, public safety through to private property, the role of Councils and how they manage their coastlines.

“This is a new frontier for Councils, though with climate change and rising sea levels, it is an area that requires more and more tools and consistent process in its management.

The strategy was produced via the STCA’s climate change program, the Regional Climate Change Initiative (RCCI).