An updated Coastal Plan and State Planning Policy on Coastal
Protection is due for release in final format in late 2010. Major
policy issues including coastal hazards (some exacerbated by
climate change), marine development and land use planning in the
coastal region are addressed in the Plan.
Around 200 submissions were made on the draft Queensland Coastal
Plan by the time the extended public submission period closed on
closed on 31 October 2009. A final version of the Coastal Plan is
expected for release in late 2010. Until then the existing State
and Regional Management Plans will remain in force.
A public review of the 2002 State Plan was due in 2009 under the
Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995. The review indicated
that there were concerns about human impacts on the coastline and
duplication and inconsistencies between the 48
policies under the Plan. The adverse impacts of climate
change and dealing with coastal hazards (erosion, sea level rise
and storm-tide inundation) were also flagged as major policy
Coastal Plan 2002 deficiencies
The resultant draft Queensland Coastal Plan aims to address a
number of the identified problems within the 2002 State Plan
a lack of integration with planning and other development
the relationship with other plans is complicated and
little consideration given to climate change in
insufficient protection of biodiversity; and
uncertainty about where the plan applies.
Draft Coastal Plan 2009
The draft Plan consists of three Parts:
draft Queensland Coastal Plan Forward
draft State Policy on Coastal Management (draft
draft State Planning Policy on Coastal Protection
The draft Policy will provide guidance for maintenance,
rehabilitation and protection by providing policy
direction for communities as well as local and state government.
The aim is to ensure decisions and management tools including
coastal reserve management plans, shoreline erosion plans, parks
and gardens strategies, grants and sponsorship programs; tenure
allocations, lease conditions and local conservation project
The draft SPP will address land-use planning and development
assessment under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 by
seeking to ensure the objects of the Coastal Protection and
Management Act 1995 are considered.
A number of coastal issues are addressed in the draft SPP such
the effects of coastal hazards on people and property;
preserving opportunities for maritime development; protecting
areas of high ecological significance;
preserving scenic amenity and public access to the coast;
informing urban settlement patterns in the coastal zone.
Provision for environmental offsets will be included in the
Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995.
Mapping and removal of regional Plans
Missing from the 2002 Coastal Plan was any certainty as to how
far the Plan extended. The definition of coastal zone will be
amended to include coastal waters and land within 5 kilometres of
the coast or below 10 metres Australian height Datum, whichever is
Draft maps covering the entire coastline have been prepared and
incorporated into the draft Plan. Importantly a coastal management
distrust has been mapped over all tidal waters and most adjacent
This electronic mapping has meant that regional coastal plans
can be removed, thus streamlining management via the one State
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