More than 600 residents respond to coastal hazard survey

The Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy survey results have been revealed.
The Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy survey results have been revealed.

The results of a recent survey which reveals what residents value most about the Bundaberg Region coastline will be used to shape a Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy (CHAS).

The CHAS is part of the Our Coast project, a joint initiative of Bundaberg Regional Council and the Queensland Government, aimed at preparing and protecting the region’s coastline from the effects of climate change.

Bundaberg Regional Council environment portfolio spokesman Cr Wayne Honor said more than 600 residents participated in the survey.

“To identify what the community values about our coastline Council launched a community values survey in January this year and we received an overwhelming response,” Cr Honor said.

“It is clear from the level of participation that the Bundaberg Region coastline is very important to our community members.

“Enjoying the view, recreational activities and providing a habitat for native animals were some of the reasons people said they love the coast. Dune erosion, water quality and loss of vegetation ranked highly among the top concerns.

“The survey results provide us with an important insight in to the aspects of the coastline that residents feel strongly about and identify the values we are trying to protect for future generations to enjoy.”

Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy survey results

The top five ways people use the coast:

  • Enjoying view
  • Recreational activities (in the water)
  • At the water’s edge
  • Socially
  • Visiting cafes, restaurants etc

The top five qualities and characteristics of the coast:

  • Presence of native animals
  • Relaxed lifestyle
  • Sandy beaches
  • Functioning infrastructure
  • Regulation of development

The top five concerns about the coast:

  • Dune erosion
  • Water quality
  • Loss of vegetation
  • Safe beach access
  • Population growth

Cr Honor said the CHAS project was being driven by the communities affected, for the communities affected.

“We have 110 km of pristine coastline and it is one of our region’s biggest drawcards.

“The CHAS is currently investigating how risks associated with coastal hazards will affect the communities along the coast now and into the future.

“The results from the community values survey will be used to assist to shape the future strategy and manage the risks of coastal hazard.

“The input from the community through this CHAS survey will help develop a future strategy where community values of coastal living are considered and, where possible, preserved.”

Council recently started remedial works on significantly eroded access points along Woodgate Beach.