Reforming planning processes: Rockhampton 2050 pilot. Local government climate hazard risk management toolkit study

TitleReforming planning processes: Rockhampton 2050 pilot. Local government climate hazard risk management toolkit study
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsFry, P-J, Williams, S
Date Published06/2013
InstitutionNational Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
CityGold Coast
ISBN Number978-1-925039-90-0
Keywordsbarriers, case study, inundation, Qld, Queensland, reforms, Rockhampton, S&I, sea-level rise, Settlements and Infrastructure, urban-planning, workshop

This report stems from a larger research project that aimed to determine and demonstrate/trial how existing urban planning principles and practices could accommodate climate change and the uncertainty of climate change impacts for a “seachange” region.  

This report pertains to a component of the research.  The research problem that is the focus of this report is specifically to: “Develop a mechanism and process to enable the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation within local government.”  

An applied research case study was undertaken to address the research problem through a collaboration between researchers and practitioner experts working in local government and related institutions.  The location of the research was the Rockhampton Region and the Rockhampton Regional Council (RRC) served as the host for the research.  The region is exposed to multiple climate hazards including flooding, storm surge, bush fires, wind (including cyclones), and sea level rise.  The case study period spans the period August 2011 to the end of 2012.

Practitioners and stakeholders engaged were found to express confidence in the ability of existing urban planning practices and principles to accommodate and respond to climate change, but indicated that reforms in the governance of spatial modelling (i.e., the centralised generation and provision of data such as climate model information, together with user support for local councils) and a handbook for integration within risk management frameworks were required for mainstreaming.  

A companion Handbook was developed in collaboration with practitioners as part of the research.  

Refereed DesignationRefereed