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Mayor Andrew Willcox has welcomed the recent announcement by the Palaszczuk Government that the Whitsunday Region will receive $513,000 in QCoast 2100 funding aimed at helping coastal communities prepare for the impacts of climate change.
According to the Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles, Whitsunday Regional Council was one of three Councils who had submitted a strong application for a share of the funding.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that earlier this year, Council adopted its first ever Climate Change Policy and Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2016-2020 for the Whitsunday Region.
“As a coastal community and custodians of the Great Barrier Reef, we need to take the lead on climate change and strengthen our resilience through the implementation of projects identified in our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy,” Cr Willcox said.
“Our region is known to be exposed to a number of natural hazards, all of which are likely to be exacerbated by climate change. Recent modelling undertaken by BoM and CSIRO shows that climate change is projected to affect the Whitsunday Region in the form of temperature increases, changes to rainfall, increased storm surge events, the intensity of tropical cyclones as well as a rise in sea levels,” he said.
“Moving forward, this Council will have a focus on implementing climate change adaptation as a core component in our future planning as we soon begin to further understand the natural hazards and the indirect risks that present a range of challenges to Council and the community.”