Australia’s coastline is under increasing threat from coastal climate change with erosion, extreme weather events and projected increases in mean sea level presenting a critical challenge for organisations whose operations and infrastructure are centred on the coastline.
Surf Life Saving (SLS) is on the frontline of coastal climate change impacts with some clubs, including Moore Park SLSC and Currumbin SLSC in Queensland and Seaspray SLSC in Victoria, already feeling the impacts.
Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) is taking action to better understand the impacts of climate change on SLS activities, in particular the effects of erosion, extreme wave events and storm surges. Changes in government policy and regulations will also be looked at, which can impact whether a club can rebuild, refurbish, build coastal protection structures or move back from the coast.
SLSA has engaged consultants Coastal Zone Management Pty Ltd (CZM) from Western Australia to assist in better understanding the impacts; and importantly to work with SLS to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Road Map containing recommendations for action. The recommendations will be prioritised and follow a phased-delivery-approach, ensuring that manageable actions are outlined in each phase.
CZM has extensive experience working with clients at local, national and international levels to evaluate coastal variability and projected climate change impacts and develop strategies and actions to mitigate these impacts.
How you can help:
To help develop the road map, CZM is seeking the following information from Clubs, Support Operations, Branches, and States to help us better understand recent, current and emerging issues and impacts. We want to hear from you if:
1. An extreme event has prompted a change in the way you deliver your SLS activities.
2. Your SLS activities have been impacted postively or negatively by climate change driven changes in policy or plans (state or local).
3. You are aware of studies and works that have been conducted in your area, for example by the local government/council in relation to coastal impacts. If yes, can you please provide a copy and or advise the consultants CZM where they may obtain one?
4. You have some innovative ideas on the best approach to manage climate change risks for SLSA.
Information can be sent via email to [email protected].