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Rising sea level fears may spark Bass Coast planning changes

Wednesday August 21, 2013 - 13:35 EST

Bass Coast Shire councillors will consider a planning amendment at tonight's general council meeting that could make developing coastal and riverine areas harder.

Using Victorian Government data, the Bass Coast Shire Council has determined large areas of the municipality will be flooded by storm surges, wind, wave and tides over the next 80 years.

The State Government predicts a sea level rise of almost a metre.

The shire says this will affect areas from Jam Jerrup to Corinella, land surrounding Bass River, Newhaven, Cowes and Silverleaves, land surrounding Powlett River, Inverloch and Mahers Landing.

To protect residents, property and itself from rising sea levels and riverine flooding, and itself from future legal action, the shire plans to extend the Land Subject Inundation Overlay.

The changes would make getting approval for development on affected areas harder.


- ABC

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