Whilst camping at Inskip Point enjoyed a short bushwalk to Carlo Sandblow with fantastic views of the Coloured Sands, Rainbow Beach Jan Schramm
Whilst camping at Inskip Point enjoyed a short bushwalk to Carlo Sandblow with fantastic views of the Coloured Sands, Rainbow Beach Jan Schramm Contributed

Preparing for climate change on the Cooloola Coast

GYMPIE Regional Council will benefit from $52,364 in funding from the State Government's QCoast2100 program to help the region prepare for the increasing impacts of climate change.

Environment Minister Steven Miles said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to ensuring Queensland's coastal communities were protected from the impacts of coastal hazards and their increased severity due to climate change.

It's important to take note of the tide times when travelling along Rainbow Beach by 4WD.
It's important to take note of the tide times when travelling along Rainbow Beach by 4WD. Talie Lloyd

He said the $12 million QCoast2100 fund was a partnership with the Local Government Association of Queensland to assist coastal councils with planning and risk assessment as well as decision-making and implementation of their coastal hazard adaption strategies.

"Coastal communities are already at risk from sea erosion and storm tide inundation caused by cyclones and other severe storm systems, and these will become a greater threat with rising sea levels in the future,” Mr Miles said.

"This program recognises that coastal councils in Queensland are at different stages of planning, with some yet to commence and others having completed a comprehensive strategy.”

The view from the stairs behind Rainbow Beach Surf Club.
The view from the stairs behind Rainbow Beach Surf Club. Talie Lloyd

"I encourage those councils who haven't already done so to apply for QCoast2100 funding to help them better understand the risks to communities and plan for a safer future,” he said.

Gympie Mayor Mick Curran said the council would use the funding to undertake the first stage of their CHAS.

"Gympie Regional Council welcomes this QCoast2100 funding, which will help our region become more prepared to tackle the increasing effects of climate change,” he said.

"With this support, we can focus on ensuring the three main coastal communities of Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach are better placed to deal with the impacts caused by severe weather events.”

For more information visit www.qld.gov.au/environment/climate/adaptation-program.

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