Coastal defence structures – legal risks and legal opportunities

Bell-James, Justine (2016) Coastal defence structures – legal risks and legal opportunities. Local Government Law Journal, 21 16-34.

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Author Bell-James, Justine
Title Coastal defence structures – legal risks and legal opportunities
Journal name Local Government Law Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1324-1265
Publication date 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 21
Start page 16
End page 34
Total pages 19
Place of publication Rozelle, Australia
Publisher Lawbook
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Seawalls are becoming an increasingly popular form of defence against coastal hazards, with governments and landholders both in Australia and globally incorporating seawalls into coastal management strategies. A seawall provides a perception of safety, encouraging continued or increased development and occupation in hazardous areas. However, the effectiveness of a seawall is dependent on adequate design, construction and maintenance, and failure to consider these issues at the development approval stage may expose governments to major legal risks. This is in addition to the major legal risks already posed to governments from legacy seawalls, and illegally constructed structures. The purpose of this article is to analyse the legal risks to government posed by three types of seawall developments: new developments, legacy approved developments, and illegally constructed developments. It will also explore the options available for managing the legal risks in each context. Finally, it will encourage governments to consider other courses of action for addressing vulnerability to coastal hazards, given the inherently risky nature of modifying the coastline.
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Created: Tue, 08 Mar 2016, 10:15:45 EST by Dr Justine Bell on behalf of T.C. Beirne School of Law