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Invitation to second Southend Adaptation Workshop

28 November 2017

Southend residents and interested stakeholders are invited to a second workshop on the impacts of coastal erosion and flooding risk for the town next Monday, 4 December. 

Following a successful community workshop in October to understand the challenges facing the community, this workshop will focus on the options for adaptation, timing for decision making and trigger points for action.

“Given the long term nature of these changes in the coastal environment, we accept that not all of the decisions need to be made now.  Council is using an internationally recognised adaptation pathways approach, which will lay out the different options available for managing our coast into the future.”  Chief Executive Officer, Ben Gower said.

“Most importantly, the pathways approach helps to identify when decisions need to be made and what factors trigger those decisions.”

The Southend Adaptation Strategy is a partnership project between Council, the Local Government Association of SA and the Coast Protection Board and uses planning methods tested in other parts of the State.  Adaptation options generally fit into one of five categories, which range from retreat, accommodate, defend, defer or do nothing. 

At the October session, participants considered the natural and built assets that were likely to be affected by erosion and flooding.  At the December workshop, the discussion will focus on the actions that can be taken in the short, medium and long term to respond to these risks.

It is not necessary for people to have attended the first workshop in order to participate in the December event.

The workshop will be held at the Southend Community Club on Monday, 4 December 2017 from 5.30 to 7.30pm.  The consultants and Council staff will also be available from 4.30pm for brief one on one discussions.  As a light supper will be provided, please RSVP to engineering@wattlerange.sa.gov.au or (08) 8733 0901. 

The community views from both workshops will be included in a draft adaptation strategy, which will be released for community comment in early 2018.

Information about the project including maps and information sheets is available on Council’s website:  www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au/coastalmanagement.



For further information please contact:

Peter Halton, Director Engineering Services
Email:                       peh@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:               (08) 8733 0901 or 0439 283 918


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