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What would a climate-adapted settlement look like in 2030? A case study of Inverloch and Sandy Point

The issue considered by this research report revolves around the broad themes or questions such as: what are we adapting to?; who or what adapts?; and, how does adaptation occur? The challenge that these questions create is that the concept of an adapted settlement encompasses both ‘visual’ and ‘process’ dimensions. Therefore, there is a need to understand how the settlement will decide what it wants to look like in a climate adapted world, and how the settlement is going to achieve this successful adaptation response by (and beyond) 2030.

Janet Stanley
Robert Birrell
Peter Brain
Marion Carey
Michelle Duffy
Scott Ferraro
Steb Fisher
David Griggs

Sea level rise impact on coastal development must now be taken into account

After 35 days of hearing, the Queensland Planning and Environment Court has delivered its most significant climate change adaptation decision yet. Rainbow Shores P/L v Gympie Regional Council & Ors sets a new precedent for decision makers considering development in the Queensland coastal zone. 

Mark Baker-Jones

Adapting the community sector for climate extremes

This research comprised a comprehensive and critical scoping, examination and review of existing research findings and an audit, examination and judgment-based evaluation of the current vulnerabilities and capacities of Community Service Organisations (CSOs) under projected climate change scenarios. It employed three key methods of consultation and data collection. A literature review examined research conducted to date in Australia and comparative countries internationally on the vulnerability and climate change adaptation needs of CSOs.

Cross-Scale Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation in Local Government, Australia

This report documents a study aimed at identifying cross-scale barriers to planned adaptation within the context of local government in Australia, and the development of enabling actions to overcome these barriers. Many of the impacts of climate change and variability have been, or will be, experienced at the local level. As a result, local governments in Australia (and overseas) have initiated plans to adapt to these impacts. However, the pathway to planning and implementation of adaptation is not a barrier-free process.