A mid north coast council has developed a policy to deal with predicted sea level rises. The Greater Taree City Council has put its Draft Sea Level Rise Policy on public display until May 19.
The council’s Richard Pamplin says the document recognises the State Government’s sea level rise planning benchmarks, which indicate an increase above 1990 sea levels of 40 centimetres by 2050.
He says the council initially needs to factor those benchmarks into its development assessment and land use planning processes. “That we then go and do the next step of including those in our processes until such time as we have the resources after 2014 to then go and re-do our flood modelling and our flood management plan,” he said.
“The only way we can fully consider it in the future is to actually remodel our floodplain with other climate change effects you might get as well, and to do a new floodplain management plan.”
“Council’s intention is to consider that after 2014 when the International Panel on Climate Change meets in 2014,” he said.