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Resilient Cape Strategic Plan

Our coast line is changing and planning for change is crucial. The Queensland State 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% to the total cost.  

For more information about the QCoast2100 Program visit

What is the Process for Developing 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 work up to and including Phase 5.

Work has commenced on Phase 6 which is to identify adaptation strategies to reduce or avoid impacts to Cook Shire’s coastline.  

How Can I Have Input?

Areas within the Cook Shire which have been identified as potentially being exposed to coastal hazards in the future are shown in the Phase 3 Report and include homes along the foreshore at Ayton, Port Stewart,  Portland Roads and Quarantine Bay as well as sea wall and foreshore area in Cooktown.             

We want the community to be actively involved in the development of the Resilient Cape Strategic Plan – particularly to identify which adaptation strategies are preferred by the community.

There is an opportunity in Phase 6 to meet face to face with the GHD engineer in Ayton and Cooktown.

Wednesday 2 December: Bloomfield Library
Drop in any time between 3:30-5:30pm

Thursday 3 December: Council Chambers, Cooktown
Drop in any time between 11:30am-5pm                      

For people who cannot attend either location in person, there is an opportunity to talk to the GHD engineer over the telephone. To arrange this, please contact Council’s Planning Officer via email at with your contact details. GHD’s community engagement officer will contact you to confirm a day and time for the telephone appointment. 

Contact Us

To find out more information about the Resilient Cape Strategic Plan, or if you have any questions, please contact Council’s Planning Officer via email at or by calling (07) 4082 0500.


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Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


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