The Queensland government’s decision to redefine coastal hazard areas based on potential sea level changes is expected to be of benefit to long-term planning as well as land use decisions by local councils.

The Queensland government’s decision to reincorporate potential sea level changes into state planning policies has been hailed by members of industry and experts as enabling more prudent decision-making with respect to future land use. John Lane, state director for environment and planning, announced to local council via email that the impact…