Retreat from retreat: the backward evolution of sea-level rise policy in Australia, and the implications for local government

Bell, Justine and Baker-Jones, Mark (2014) Retreat from retreat: the backward evolution of sea-level rise policy in Australia, and the implications for local government. Local Government Law Journal, 19 23-35.

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Author Bell, Justine
Baker-Jones, Mark
Title Retreat from retreat: the backward evolution of sea-level rise policy in Australia, and the implications for local government
Journal name Local Government Law Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1324-1265
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 19
Start page 23
End page 35
Total pages 13
Place of publication Rozelle, NSW, Australia
Publisher Lawbook
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Climate change is expected to cause rising sea-levels, threatening communities and the built environment. Most Australian State Governments have responded to the threat of rising sea-levels by implementing laws and policies guiding future development in at risk areas. However, a number of Australian States have taken action to weaken these policies in the wake of State elections, allowing for increased development in vulnerable areas. This creates a conundrum for local governments, which are required to implement policy, approve developments, and potentially bear the risk if properties are subsequently flooded. This article will use the Queensland example as a case study of evolving sea-level rise policy, and assess the legal risk implications for local government. It will conclude that failure to implement clear policies with effective allocation of risk will result in litigation against both State and local governments.
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