Noosa Stakeholders to attend roundtable on CHAP

Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart has instigated a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders to find a set of suitable solutions for Noosa’s Coastal Hazard Adaptation Plan (CHAP).

Cr Stewart said she wanted to work through the community’s genuine concerns about the plan.

“We want to collaborate with the community to achieve a workable and agreeable solution for all,” she said.

“It’s important that we listen to the views of all stakeholders as well as provide detailed information on the overarching reasons for such a plan,” Cr Stewart said.

An initial two-hour meeting is scheduled for today and a further four roundtable meetings are planned in coming months.

Council received over 250 responses during its initial community consultation process earlier this year.

CEO Brett de Chastel will facilitate the discussion and work through some of the issues in collaboration with those attending.

“This is really a pathway to progress and review the plan as we look to find common ground between all stakeholders,” Cr Stewart said.

Mr de Chastel said the methodology used and the outputs in the CHAP have been reviewed and approved by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.

“It’s important we get a CHAP that works for our community while at the same time, adequately provides future protection for the coastal areas,“ he said.

Council has invited delegates from seven groups: Hastings St Association, Eastern Beaches Protection Association, Eastern Beaches Bushcare Collaborative, Noosa North Shore Residents Association, Noosaville Business Association, Peregian Family and Friends Association, Peregian Beach Community Association.

Council has been given an extension until the end of November to provide a finalised CHAP to the State Government.

Noosa is one of 32 councils in Queensland developing a CHAP as part of the state’s QCoast2100 program.

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