Feedback sought: Coastal protection and rising sea levels

Feedback wanted: The Alexandrina Council is seeking community feedback on how it can best work with the community over the coming years to adapt to the impacts of sea level rise and coastal erosion. Photo: File.
Feedback wanted: The Alexandrina Council is seeking community feedback on how it can best work with the community over the coming years to adapt to the impacts of sea level rise and coastal erosion. Photo: File.

Feedback is being sought as to how the Alexandrina Council can best work with the community over the coming years to adapt to the impacts of sea level rise and coastal erosion.

From October 12 to November 27, public consultation on the issue is open, with the council having also released a relevant Coastal Adaptation Study.

This detailed study investigates how people, the natural environment and built assets might be impacted by rising sea levels.

It aims to help prepare the Alexandrina Council and other stakeholders, such as the state government and private landowners, for the future.

The Alexandrina region has a unique coastline with sandy beaches, small coves, rocky outcrops and estuarine environments, however research indicates that climate change is causing sea levels to rise.

Throughout the consultation period, the council will be engaging with members of the community about the findings.

The council is also hoping to receive feedback on the impacts of climate change and to learn about the possible adaptation options for Alexandrina's coastline.

Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback.

Three online community webinars are planned:

  • Murray Estuary (Hindmarsh Island): 3 Nov 2020, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Goolwa/Middleton: 12 Nov 2020, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Port Elliot/Boomer Beach: 17 Nov 2020, 6.30-8.30pm

For those unable to attend, draft reports, fact sheets, FAQs and a feedback form are available online, with hard copies also available at the Goolwa and Strathalbyn Council Libraries.

More information and all resources are available via: mysay.alexandrina.sa.gov.au/CA

The public consultation phase of the Coastal Adaptation Study has been jointly funded by the South Australian Government's Coast Protection Board and the Alexandrina Council.