Climate Change Readiness (Coastal Planning and Protection) Bill 2013

The coastal region of Western Australia is home to approximately 80 per cent of the state’s population, and much of it is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

This bill provides for the regulation of planning, development and management in the coastal zone in readiness for the impacts of climate change.

The question of what may be the most effective method of regulating state coastal planning in readiness for the impacts of climate change has been on the agenda of the Greens (WA) for many years.

My experience as an activist campaigning for better planning outcomes following the sale of the railway marshalling yards for urban development at Leighton Beach in 2001 taught me firsthand the shortcomings of our planning system at that time.

Subsequently, I have keenly observed the legislative responses of other Australian states to climate change and realised that Western Australia is lagging behind.

On the 20th June 2013, I introduced this bill into the Legislative Council and gave my second reading speech. 

Click here to access the Expanatory Memorandum and here to download the current bill