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Professor Barbara Norman on Queensland scrapping sea level protection

Professor Barbara Norman, Chair, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra, wrote in The Conversation on 11 December 2013 that the Queensland government had confirmed that sea level rise will be removed from its State Planning Policy, just as it was in New South Wales a year ago, while Victoria has also relaxed its sea level rules.  Yet nearly 39,000 homes are already located within 110 metres of soft, erodible shorelines, according to the Australian Department of Environment, which states exposure to the effects of sea level rise ‘will increase as Australia’s population grows’.

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