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Our plan for coastal adaptation

Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most iconic coastal cities, with golden beaches, endless waterways and a beautiful natural landscape.

Our precious coastal environment is dynamic and always changing. To protect and safeguard our coast for the future, we’re developing Our Resilient City – our plan for coastal adaptation.

State Government projections indicate by 2100 sea level rise and more cyclone activity tracking south which could mean an increase in coastal hazards like erosion, storm tides and flooding.

The City of Gold Coast, stakeholders, asset owners, key agencies and the community are collaborating to start the conversation on how we can better understand coastal hazards and respond with cost-effective adaptation options, now and into the future.

Community engagement runs from 2 to 23 September 2020.

How can I become involved?

The development of Our Resilient City - our plan for coastal adaptation provides a platform for conversations about what we value and how we manage our coastline together. If you are interested in our city's future resilience, we want to hear from you.

  • Choose a pin, share your story, photos or videos to help our coastal adaptation plans.
  • Join in the discussion by asking a question below.
  • Talk to the team about coastal adaptation by emailing ourresilientcity@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
  • Stay informed by subscribing to receive project updates.
About the QCoast2100 Program

The City, together with 41 other Queensland Councils, was awarded funding under the State Government's $12 million Coastal Hazards Adaptation program (QCoast2100) to develop effective plans to minimise the impacts of coastal hazards.

According to the State Government, by 2100 sea level rise is projected to be 0.8 metres with a possibility of cyclone activity increasing and tracking south more often. This means changes to coastal areas with increased erosion, storm tides and flooding in low lying areas. Visit QCoast2100.com.au

What is an adaptation option?

A recommended option to avoid, manage and mitigate a future coastal hazard. Options are underpinned by extensive community and stakeholder input and the best available science, engineering and economic studies. Coastal hazard adaptation options include planning options. These recommended options to maintain, modify or change an existing approach can be in the following areas:

  • retreat or land use planning and development assessment,
  • infrastructure planning and management,
  • asset management,
  • community planning,
  • business continuity planning, and
  • emergency management.

Council requires a broad range of options to identify the risks, the existing controls and indicate the level of support for these options.

Our Coastal Management

The City invests heavily in managing and caring for our coastline. We work all year round to manage, maintain and protect our precious Gold Coast. Our ongoing projects include the maintenance and construction of seawalls, sand pumping and dredging, landscaping and coastline infrastructure works.

Visit our Coastal Management page to find out more.

City of Gold Coast logoQCoast2100 logoLocal Government Association of Queensland logoQueensland Government logo


Our plan for coastal adaptation

Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most iconic coastal cities, with golden beaches, endless waterways and a beautiful natural landscape.

Our precious coastal environment is dynamic and always changing. To protect and safeguard our coast for the future, we’re developing Our Resilient City – our plan for coastal adaptation.

State Government projections indicate by 2100 sea level rise and more cyclone activity tracking south which could mean an increase in coastal hazards like erosion, storm tides and flooding.

The City of Gold Coast, stakeholders, asset owners, key agencies and the community are collaborating to start the conversation on how we can better understand coastal hazards and respond with cost-effective adaptation options, now and into the future.

Community engagement runs from 2 to 23 September 2020.

How can I become involved?

The development of Our Resilient City - our plan for coastal adaptation provides a platform for conversations about what we value and how we manage our coastline together. If you are interested in our city's future resilience, we want to hear from you.

  • Choose a pin, share your story, photos or videos to help our coastal adaptation plans.
  • Join in the discussion by asking a question below.
  • Talk to the team about coastal adaptation by emailing ourresilientcity@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
  • Stay informed by subscribing to receive project updates.
About the QCoast2100 Program

The City, together with 41 other Queensland Councils, was awarded funding under the State Government's $12 million Coastal Hazards Adaptation program (QCoast2100) to develop effective plans to minimise the impacts of coastal hazards.

According to the State Government, by 2100 sea level rise is projected to be 0.8 metres with a possibility of cyclone activity increasing and tracking south more often. This means changes to coastal areas with increased erosion, storm tides and flooding in low lying areas. Visit QCoast2100.com.au

What is an adaptation option?

A recommended option to avoid, manage and mitigate a future coastal hazard. Options are underpinned by extensive community and stakeholder input and the best available science, engineering and economic studies. Coastal hazard adaptation options include planning options. These recommended options to maintain, modify or change an existing approach can be in the following areas:

  • retreat or land use planning and development assessment,
  • infrastructure planning and management,
  • asset management,
  • community planning,
  • business continuity planning, and
  • emergency management.

Council requires a broad range of options to identify the risks, the existing controls and indicate the level of support for these options.

Our Coastal Management

The City invests heavily in managing and caring for our coastline. We work all year round to manage, maintain and protect our precious Gold Coast. Our ongoing projects include the maintenance and construction of seawalls, sand pumping and dredging, landscaping and coastline infrastructure works.

Visit our Coastal Management page to find out more.

City of Gold Coast logoQCoast2100 logoLocal Government Association of Queensland logoQueensland Government logo


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Value pins What coastline areas are important to you and are valued in the community?

Social values pin icon Social values: surf clubs, schools, age care facilities public and community amenities and dual paths


Environmental values pin icon
Environmental values: coastal access, dune habitats for local flora and fauna, and trapping of and storing sand


Economic values pin icon Economic values: support industry tourism and employment 


Infrastructure values pin icon Infrastructure values: public buildings and formal access paths and parking


History pin What is your experience or local knowledge of the coastline over the years?

History pin icon Use the history pin to share your story
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Add a pin iconAdd a pin, click the plus icon in the panel.


Value pins What coastline areas are important to you and are valued in the community?

Social values pin iconSocial values: surf clubs, schools, age care facilities public and community amenities and dual paths


Environmental values pin icon
Environmental values: coastal access, dune habitats for local flora and fauna, and trapping of and storing sand


Economic values pin iconEconomic values: support industry tourism and employment 


Infrastructure values pin iconInfrastructure values: public buildings and formal access paths and parking


History pin What is your experience or local knowledge of the coastline over the years?

History pin iconUse the history pin to share your story and upload photos or videos.


Issue pin What are your concerns about coastline weather events?

Issue pin icon
Use the issues pin for examples such as past storm tides, extreme weather, coastal erosion, storm tide inundation and sea-level rise inundation
CLOSED: The map for community engagement has concluded. To contact us regarding the map used for community feedback please email ourresilientcity@goldcoast.qld.gov.au