Case Studies

Douglas Shire Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy

Douglas Shire Council was the first Queensland council to complete their Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) through the QCoast2100 Program. Located within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in North Queensland, it has over 100km of coastline extending from Degarra in the north, down to just south of Wangetti. This case study provides an overall view of the development of their Resilient Coast Strategic Plan and outlines the benefits and outcomes council have identified with completing a CHAS. The Strategic Plan was adopted by Douglas Shire Council at the 28 May 2019 Council Meeting and the program has now moved into the implementation phase.  Read more »

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Townsville Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy

The Townsville Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) maps and identifies both potential impacts and subsequent strategies to manage the projected effects of climate change to the year 2100. Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the report is one of four of its type in Australia and was undertaken by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) and the Queensland Government as a pilot project study in partnership with the Queensland State Government Departments and Townsville City Council. Read more »

See also The Climate Change Adaptation Good Practice - Case Study.


CoastAdapt is an information delivery and decision support framework. It is for anyone with an interest in Australia’s coast, the risks it faces from climate change and sea-level rise, and what can be done to respond to those risks.

CoastAdapt contains information and guidance to help people from all walks of life understand climate change and the responses available to manage the impacts. Although there is a focus on Australia’s coastal regions, CoastAdapt also links the user to climate change resources on the NCCARF website and beyond that are relevant to Australia more broadly.

CoastAdapt provides a compendium of case studies from Australia and abroad to illustrate what coastal practitioners and decision makers are doing to adapt to a changing climate.  Read more »