Climate Change Adaptation

Kingston Beach Integrated Risk and Adaptation Case Study

The report has been approved by Council to be launched, along with the inundation hazard mapping. The case study has been undertaken by Climate Planning for the past two years and potential inundation modelling and mapping has been completed by Council staff, using state of the art methods and technology.

Risk Assessments and Management Planning

Kingborough Council recognises that local government’s response to climate change must involve making adjustments to existing activities and practices so that vulnerability to potential impacts associated with climate change can be reduced or opportunities realised (adaptation). It is essential that our community is encouraged to participate in the process of how to respond to potential future hazards that may arise due to the impacts of climate change.

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Responding to Coastal Hazards Project

Council was involved in a project undertaken by the University of Tasmania involving the completion of a ‘first pass’ coastal risk assessment for Kingborough as well as a case study on community resilience to the potential impacts of coastal hazards focusing on the Snug community.

This project is an essential component of climate change adaptation planning.

View the final report and flyer from the Snug Case Study.

Bushfire Risk

Council undertook a joint project with Huon Valley Council and RMIT University (Victoria) called Facilitating Effective Community Adaptation to Bushfire Risk as a Result of Climate Change. This project is funded through the Regional Councils Climate Adaptation Project – Innovative Demonstration Project Fund.

This project emphasises communications and provides a model approach to getting the message out to our communities. The project developed a locality based and focused toolkit that can be used by councils to promote awareness of the risks of bushfire and the potential increase in frequency and intensity of these events due to climate change. 

View the report Community Adaptation to Bushfire in a Changing Climate 2013 -2015

Tasmanian Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways Project (TCAPP)

This project was facilitated by Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) and the Tasmanian Government Climate Change Adaptation Unit.  It was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency with objectives to:

  • Progress four Tasmanian vulnerable coastal areas along flexible community adaptation planning pathways; and

  • Develop a toolkit of the project’s methodology that can be applied to other vulnerable coastal areas.

The project team acknowledges that Clarence City Council is well advanced in coastal adaptation planning and it is hoped to use the knowledge from them to assist other councils.

Kingston Beach was chosen as a case study location for this project.

View the report TCAP Kingston Beach Final Report

View the report Tas Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways Project Inundation Control Works for the Kingston Beach Area

Coningham Beach Issues

Coningham Beach has been the focus of increased community and Council attention in recent years.  Erosion and storm damage is apparent and it has been difficult to determine the most sustainable approach to potential rectification works.  A study was commissioned from a coastal geo-morphologist who made a number of recommendations.  Council will incorporate stormwater drainage improvements to upgrade the car park area.  Further consultation and technical research will be done prior to significant coastal rectification works being undertaken in the future.

The Tasmanian Shoreline Monitoring and Archiving Project (TASMARC)

This project was established as a collaboration between Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems – Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) and University of Tasmania (UTAS).  There was scientific concern about the lack of knowledge of the effect of rising sea levels and storm surges on vulnerable parts of the Tasmanian coastline.  TASMARC aims to collect information so there is an answer available if this question is asked 50 years from now.  It also aims to find out how beaches rebuild after storm damage.  In the program community groups take survey measurements and digital photographs at established beach locations regularly to monitor change over time.

 Key benefits of the program include:

  • Low cost survey methods;
  • Use of basic survey equipment;
  • Survey work carried out by volunteers;
  • Monthly measurements from a survey mark; and
  • Results to be archived and made available online.

Recently a TASMARC site was established at Snug Beach and negotiations are also being held on Bruny Island for a number of sites to be established there.

Regional Councils Climate Change Adaptation Project        

This project was facilitated by the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority (STCA).  It had three project officers who were seconded from southern regional councils.  The project object was ‘to improve the capability and resilience of Tasmanian councils to manage the risks of climate change’.

During 2011 the 12 participating southern Tasmanian councils prepared pilot climate change adaptation plans as well as building capacity for ongoing climate change adaptation planning.  Workshops were held with key staff from all Councils to explain the project and establish issues that are most of concern for climate change impacts.

View the report Regional Councils Climate Change Adaptation Strategy – Southern Tasmania 2012 – 2017 (adopted by Council October 2012)  

Community Resilience to Natural Hazards and Climate Change


Kingston Beach Integrated Climate Change & Natural Hazards Project

This report presents the findings from a review of natural hazard and climate change issues in Kingston Beach. In this study nine risks where explored: bushfire; heatwave; tsunami; dam break; landslip; riverine flood; coastal inundation from sea level rise; storm surge and coincident flooding. A large number of specialists and staff contributed information for this report’s findings.

View the report Kingston Beach Integrated Climate Change & Natural Hazards Project

Legal Commentary for Kingston Beach Adaptation Policy

This report was a sub-project associated with the Kingston Beach Integrated Climate Change and Natural Hazards Project. It was written by Mark Baker-Jones, a partner with the law firm DibbsBarker. The purpose of this report (chapter of the Kingston Beach Project) was to provide commentary and recommendations on legal matters associated with the Council’s adaptation governance assessment.

View the report Legal Commentary

Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Natural Values of the Kingston Beach Area

This project was a sub project of the Kingston Beach study. It highlighted that a range of potential casual agents and physical effects are identified as having potential to effect natural values in Kingston Beach. Due to the topography and geomorphology of the area, changes to groundwater, and exposure and formation of acid sulfate soils may be significant factors.

View the report Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Natural Values of the Kingston Beach Area

Kingston Beach Precinct Groundwater Monitoring - 2nd Progress Report

This technical report was a sub project of the Kingston Beach study. It was implemented to help the Council flood modelers to gain a better understanding of the nature of the water table beneath Kingston Beach. The project included a bathymetric baseline study of Browns’ River to determine the level of the river bed and water depth. The project also drilled initial boreholes to enable Council to undertake an ongoing analysis of the water table levels and quality over time.

View the Report Kingston Beach Precinct Groundwater Monitoring Report

Kingston Beach Flood Study (2016)

The purpose of the this Flood Study has been to undertake a detailed flood assessment of the Kingston Beach catchment through the establishment of appropriate hydrological and hydraulic models for accurate flood level prediction.The outcomes of this study provided a flood risk profile for Kingston Beach that informed the Kingston Beach Integrated Climate Change and Natural Hazards Project (Climate Planning, 2016). For this study, both catchment and ocean derived flood events and the impact of future climate change on flooding in Kingston Beach were considered.

View the Report Kingston Beach Flood Study (2016)

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