Coastal Care Needs More Than Patchwork

Lynn MacLaren MLC, Greens spokesperson on Planning, said the recent tripling of coastal protection grant funding points to a growing problem which is not easily addressed by short term projects. “The coast care grants play an important role in protecting the coast, but I question this Government’s patchwork approach.”

“The waves of climate change are going to continue rolling in over our shores. Erosion protection at Emu Point and Monitoring in Mandurah are the tip of iceberg. This is why I am introducing the Climate Change Readiness (Coastal Planning and Protection) Bill 2012.

“Scientific predictions for Australia over the coming decades indicate that our coasts will be affected by fluctuating temperatures, rising sea levels, more frequent and intense storms, and flooding. Local councils and the State Government are going to experience a significant financial burden if we don’t set out how to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Eighty per cent of WA’s population lives in coastal areas. There are high levels of biological diversity along our coast, including dunal systems, coastal heathlands and forests, sandy shores, rocky shores, coastal wetlands, mangroves, coral reefs, temperate reefs, sea-grass meadows, sponge gardens and island systems.

“These habitats, many of which include endangered and vulnerable species, are at risk from climate change impacts. The Western Australian coastal lifestyle is also vulnerable to these impacts, whether from the loss of a favourite beach, a washed out road, or risks to ports and other infrastructure.

“The Greens’ approach to prepare for climate change brings local governments into the implementation of good planning decisions.”

 

 

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