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Our coastline is changing and planning for change is crucial. The Queensland Government has funded the QCoast2100 program to help local governments build resilience to coastal hazards and for each to prepare a Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS). 

The Resilient Cape Strategic Plan is Cook Shire Council’s CHAS. It is about developing strategies which will put us in a better position to reduce impacts and to vastly improve protection for our communities, industries, environment, cultural values, infrastructure and services from a predicted 0.8m increase in sea level rise in 2100. 

GHD has been commissioned to deliver the Resilient Cape Strategic Plan, which will provide us with high quality information enabling defensible, timely and effective measures to be implemented across key areas of planning and operations including:

  • Land use planning and development assessment
  • Infrastructure planning and management including roads, storm water and foreshores
  • Asset management and planning including nature conservation, recreation, cultural heritage values and other public amenities
  • Community planning
  • Emergency management

How is it being funded?

The development of the Resilient Cape Strategic Plan is being primarily funded under the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s Qcoast2100 Program, which is supporting all Queensland local governments to undertake planning. Cook Shire Council is required to contribute 2 per cent to the total cost. For more information about the QCoast2100 Program visit the QCoast2100 website.

What is the process for developing the Resilient Cape Strategic Plan?

The QCoast2100 program specifies eight phases for the development of coastal management plans.  

  • Phase 1 Development of a communication and stakeholder engagement plan
  • Phase 2 Desktop review of known coastal hazard issues 
  • Phase 3 Identification and mapping of areas exposed to changing coastal processes
  • Phase 4 Identification and mapping of assets within impacted coastal areas
  • Phase 5 Value of assets
  • Phase 6 Risk analysis of coastal processes on assets and adaptation options
  • Phase 7 Economic analysis of adaptation options
  • Phase 8 Preparation of Resilient Cape Strategic Plan

Where are we up to?

Cook Shire Council has completed Phases One and Two - download the Phase Two Report here. Funding to complete Phases Three to Eight has been secured. The purpose of Phase 3 is to model storm tide, coastal erosion and permanent inundation from sea level rise to identify areas at risk of exposure to coastal hazards. The Phase 3 report is being finalised and will be available on Council's website when published. Work has also commenced on Phase 4 which is to identify and map assets within the identified areas at risk.

Geographical areas identified as being potentially at risk in the long term include:

  • Ayton/Bloomfield           Rossville-Bloomfield Road (adjacent to Bloomfield River); Ayton – Weary Bay Esplanade properties
  • Cooktown                     Cooktown Country Golf Club; Businesses and community areas along foreshore; Old Airstrip
  • Lizard Island                 Resort and airstrip
  • Marton                          A few riverfront properties; Public Boat Ramp
  • Port Stewart                  10 properties    
  • Portland Roads             A few coastal properties
  • Restoration Island         60% National Park

How can I have input?

We want the community to be actively involved in the development of the Resilient Cape Strategic Plan, particularly to identify the intangible coastal assets. If there’s a beach, park or walking trail that is important to you, please tell us. There will be future opportunities to discuss adaptation options and these will be well publicised - if you would like to receive an email alert regarding future publicity, Council’s Planning Officer.

Contact Us

For more information contact Council’s Planning Officer via or phone 4082 0500.

Why is engagement important?

Cook Shire Council is committed to engaging with our community, in all of our service areas, believing that genuine and effective community engagement offers benefits for both Council and residents.

Genuine engagement not only enables the community to be informed about Council events, activities, projects, issues and strategic direction but also allows the community a voice to respond to these initiatives and activities.

Cook Shire Council recognises that the benefits of effective community engagement include:

  • Community awareness about Council’s services, planning and program delivery
  • Increased understanding within Council of community views and the issues that should be considered as part of the decision-making process
  • Gaining insights into the needs, priorities and diversity of the local community, which in turn ensures better Council service provision and planning
  • Community ownership of decisions made across the Shire
  • Council and the community working together to address local issues
  • Opportunities for cost savings through good project outcomes for the community and Council.

For further information about community engagement refer to our policy or contact Council's Community Services team via or phone on 4082 0500.

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Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

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