Call for councils to get climate change planning clarity
An urban planning academic is calling on state and federal governments to clarify the impact of climate change on council planning decisions. Associate Professor Nicole Gurran from the University of Sydney has surveyed 30 coastal councils around Australia. She says many councils are concerned about rising sea levels and what that could mean for seaside developments. Professor Gurran told a conference on coastal regions at Torquay, west of Melbourne, the laws that govern such planning decisions are confusing. “One of the five most helpful interventions that state and federal governments can do would be to provide legal clarity on what councils should be doing in their planning decisions,” she said.