Rising sea levels a concern

THE Tin Can Bay Coastguard hasn’t been planning for rising sea levels, with Commander Jim George saying Tin Can Bay had so far been unaffected.

But the CSIRO has said more than $63 billion worth of Australian coastal properties would be at risk by the end of this century.

Dr Nick Abel of the CSIRO’s Sustainable Ecosystems division told the Sunshine Coast Daily more and more people believed sea levels would rise by more than a metre and put 250,000 residential properties at risk.

He said local government was aware of issues but state and federal leadership was lacking.

Dr Abel said the SEQ regional plan, which would deliver an additional 500,000 homes into coastal areas – double what is planned for inland centres – had the balance wrong. Instead of more homes on the coast, we should be thinking about putting new homes elsewhere, he said.

An online survey was launched by the CSIRO to gauge the attitudes of people thinking about buying homes along the coast and the level of risk they are prepared to assume when it came to rising waters. To take part visit www.csiro.au/coastal-survey

Gympie mayor Ron Dyne was unavailable for comment yesterday.

Instead of more homes on the coast, we should be thinking about putting new homes elsewhere.

Gympie Times


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