You may remember our article late in 2014 , applauding Wyong Council for being the first to jump away from the doomsday scenario when setting sea-level rise forecasts for coastal plans. But, as we all know, one hand clapping doesn’t make much noise.
However, things quickly became noisier when Shoalhaven Council decided to follow a similar approach based on a medium term (2050) and a medium rise (230mm) to be reviewed every seven years based on actual measurements. Two hands clapping starts to sound like communities applauding.
Last week the volume went up again when Gosford Council joined Wyong and Sholhaven by halving its sea-level rise benchmarks. Maybe these three amigos will give more councils the fortitude to direct their bureaucrats to come up with plans that sensibly manage risk rather than avoiding it at all costs.
Even better would be for Environment Minister Stokes to mandate that councils adopt moderate, not doomsday, scenarios.