The Property Council of Australia applauds the Government’s decision to tackle climate change in coastal areas through the rigorously-developed guidelines in the Victorian Coastal Strategy.
Property Council executive director, Jennifer Cunich, said the Government has demonstrated leadership and provided greater certainty for planning authorities to assess the potential impact of climate change on development applications.
“The relevance of climate change on planning decisions was highlighted by VCAT earlier this year and we applaud the government in providing certainty for local councils, developers, planners and the local community,” said Ms Cunich.
The Property Council of Australia has long been advocating for a consistent approach to planning for climate change to be led by State Government and they have demonstrated leadership in this area today.
“The industry seeks clarity on climate change and how issues such as rising sea-levels and coastal inundation should be factored in to the decision-making process,
“Today’s announcement provides a long-term outlook on how climate-change could potentially impact our coastal areas and how we plan and develop a vibrant and sustainable Victorian coastline,” said Ms Cunich.
Ms Cunich said that Victoria is setting an example for the rest of Australia on one of the biggest single challenges that Victorians and Australians face.
“Climate change is an issue that will help shape the future of our economy, our environment and our way of life for future generations,
“We congratulate the Government in their delivery of this strategy that will provide consistency and certainty for planning in coastal areas.”
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