Updated Flood and Tidal Responds To Community Needs

Redland City Council has listened to the community by refining the storm tide hazard mapping in the latest Draft City Plan endorsed by councillors at a Special Meeting today (Tuesday 28 Feb).

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council responded to community feedback by engaging an independent expert to ensure the draft plan was built on the most accurate information.

“As a city of islands it is vital we have the latest information so we can ensure the city is resilient to coastal hazards such as erosion and storm tides,” she said.

“Council responded by engaging an independent consultant to review the existing storm tide information so the updated Draft City Plan includes revised mapping built on the latest information.

“The updated mapping shows fewer properties across the city with the potential to be impacted by flood or storm tides, particularly in our canal estates of Raby Bay, Sovereign Waters and Aquatic Paradise.

“This result gives our residents greater confidence that their properties are safe and resilient.”

Cr Williams said the revised mapping was not only good news for existing residents, it also provided the latest information to plan for the growth of our community.

“The result is a plan that identifies areas of potential storm tide inundation, meaning we can tailor planning requirements to ensure the future Redland City is resilient and safe,” she said.

“A perfect example of this is in the coastal township of Amity, where we know coastal erosion is impacting on development in existing urban areas.

“The amended Draft City Plan responds by restricting certain development in these areas to structures that require a coastal location or temporary buildings that are able to be readily relocated.

“This planning complements Council’s Coastal Hazard adaptation strategy, which together reflects our coastal location.”

Cr Williams said the amended storm tide mapping was one of the most significant changes made from the original draft plan, reflecting Council’s commitment to listening to the community.

“There were 181 submissions received during public consultation regarding flood, drainage constrained land and storm tide and Council has responded by ensuring future planning reflects the needs of the community,” she said.

“We cannot control Mother Nature, but we can plan for its impact, which is what this amended Draft City Plan does.

“The new storm tide information and mapping is in line with the State Planning Policy, including considering the projected impacts of Climate Change.

“As part of today’s decision Council will formally write to every submitter advising of the outcome of their submission,” Cr Williams said.

“If the Minister agrees to the draft City Plan, Council will meet again to formally agree to the new City Plan being adopted and a date for commencement.”