Case Study: Funding and Financing Adaptation


Whitsunday Regional Council is one of the first Queensland Councils to progress through its state funded Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS). The resulting document is The Whitsunday Resilient Coast Strategy.  This Strategy provides options for the region to adapt to coastal hazards (i.e. storm tide inundation and sea level rise)  that are increasing with Climate Change

The CHAS provides an economic analysis, with an early indication of the cost of implementing recommended approaches to addressing coastal hazard at the region’s coastal settlements. This Case Study will determine how to best resource the required adaptation actions.

Greater understanding and preparation will ensure that coastal settlement areas can be used for as long as possible and residents are ready to adapt to the impacts of climate change and coastal hazards.


This project presents the first deep-dive into issues identified in the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy (CHAS) by focusing on a real world case study site.


The project will consider funding, financing and other mechanisms that are practically available to Whitsunday Regional Council (WRC), to enable the region to deal with climate change over the next 25-50 years, using a real-world example from each Council area.


This project is being completed in collaboration with Kingborough Council, Tasmania. Research is being conducted by Griffith University.


This study aims to:

  • Provide further understanding and assessment of how adaptation will be facilitated to inform actions in the CHAS Implementation Plan
  • Test the impact of State Policy on adaptation funding and financing
  • Build adaptive capability through engagement and education

Get Involved

To view the CHAS mapping and see how your property may be impacted in the future by storm tide and sea level rise in the year 2100, visit Council's website.