State Government must wake up to sea level rise threats and support Greens Bill

17th September 2014


Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has called on the State Government to urgently support her Coastal Planning Bill after news from the Climate Council revealed sea level rise and coastal erosion could swallow up $8.7-$11.3 billion worth of WA roads and $12.7-$18.1 billion of WA commercial and light industrial buildings.

“We can no longer ignore the evidence: our sea level is going to jump by up to 1.1m by the end of this century and it will cost us billions”.

“Members of the State Government do not claim to be environmentalists but they do wear the badge of fiscal responsibility. It’s time put in place the most comprehensive framework for planning along the West Australian coast to support investment and environment.

“More than ever our coastal communities and infrastructure are at huge risk. Eighty per cent of our population lives very close to the coastline and residences, roads, sewers, lighting and a range of services are in that corridor, we must address the elephant in the room – coastal flooding that will cost us billions if we do not act now.

“WA has given the green light to several coastal developments at risk of erosion and flooding. In addition, there are two major proposed marina projects – Mangles Bay and Ocean Reef Marina – only accounting for 0.9m sea level rise in 100 years. If these projects go ahead, we will have a royal mess on our hands.

“The Climate Change Readiness (Coastal Planning and Protection) Bill 2013 provides some certainty for developers, residents and businesses alike. It is time to wake up."

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Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia