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Policies and strategic plans


Two key policy documents inform how the Board manages the key issues of:

  • development in the coastal zone
  • hazards - coastal flooding and erosion
  • protection works
  • conservation of coast and marine habitats, including coastal wetlands, rivers and estuaries
  • heritage and landscape
  • access to the coast
  • standards applying to new development with regard to coastal flooding and erosion and associated protection works
  • acid sulphate soil development guidelines and risk assessment criteria.

They are:

The Coast Protection Board also works in conjunction with regional natural resources management (NRM) boards. Their focus is on sustaining the state's natural resources from development pressures, including protecting coastal environments.

Strategic plan

The Coast Protection Board Strategic Plan 2012-2017 has three strategic priorities:

  1. Adaptation of existing development to coastal hazards and the impacts of climate change
  2. Ensure new development is not at risk from current and future hazards
  3. Plan for resilience in coastal ecosystems to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Coast Protection Board Position Paper May 2015

In response to a request from the former Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, the Coast Protection Board prepared a position paper on future coastal management priorities such as the impact of sea level rise, coastal land-use planning, development in hazardous area and cost/benefit of protection versus retreat.

More information

Refer to our reference material page.

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