Tasmanian Times

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STATE WHOLE-OF-GOVERNMENT APPROACH NEEDED TO DEAL WITH SEA LEVEL RISE IMPACTS

Protect Infrastructure and Coastal Communities

www.tas.greens.org.au
The Tasmanian Greens today called for a whole of government approach to focus on climate change impacts on the state’s infrastructure and to protect our coastal communities’ investment in homes and shacks, in light of the Federal government’s Climate Change Risks to Australia’s Coast Report.

Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said that the state government needs to be driving long term planning processes and identification of key infrastructure, including roads, rail and ports, which could also be affected by sea level rise.

“This Report makes it very clear that we have a serious situation on our hands, and the state government needs to show leadership by establishing a joint State-local government taskforce to ensure that our planning systems and infrastructure can cope with sea level rise and storm surge.”

“A whole of government approach is needed on this issue. We need to understand the impacts of significant sea level rise on our roads, rail, ports and other infrastructure, but we also need to protect people’s investment in their land, homes and shacks against the overwhelming likelihood of sea level rise,” Mr McKim said.
Nick McKim MP Greens Leader

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