Coastal creep predicted

PARTS of Seaspray, Loch Sport and even some areas surrounding Longford could be under water by 2100, according to a state government report.

The state government has released the Victorian Coastal Inundation Dataset which provides a high level assessment of the potential risks from sea level rise and storm surge at a state-wide to regional scale for four different time periods (2009, 2040, 2070 and 2100).

The dataset builds on the methodology used in the Australian Government’s National Coastal Risk Assessment, with the report showing that coastal waters could encroach on some areas of Seaspray and Loch Sport by 2100.

The report suggests that areas of the Gippsland Lakes, including Lake Wellington, could also expand with some low level areas of land between Sale and Longford also expected to be under water by 2100.

Wellington Shire mayor Peter Cleary said council welcomed the release of a state wide inundation dataset through the state government’s Future Coasts Program.

Cr Cleary confirmed council would work closely with the state government and other project partners to undertake more detailed local coastal hazard assessments of the Gippsland Lakes and Ninety Mile Beach, which has been identified in the report as one of three priority locations.

Cr Cleary said this work would be more comprehensive than the current dataset because it would factor in a range of additional variables such as coastal erosion processes.

“Wellington Shire Council welcomes this knowledge as another increment towards identifying the extent, nature and implications of climate change on its coastal communities,” he said.

“While the data provides projected sea level rises and potential inundation along eastern Victoria’s extensive coastline; its generalised nature means that council is unable to use it in isolation to make planning decisions.”

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.