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Climate change and community response in the Borough of Queenscliffe

conference contribution
posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Robert Fuller
The Borough of Queenscliffe (BoQ) occupies a unique place among coastal Victorian locations. Situated at the tip of the Bellarine Peninsula, the Borough has approximately 3000 permanent residents, one third of who are over 60 years old. The Borough is also the smallest in Victoria, covering a total area of 13 square kilometres. BoQ is also unique because of its location. The Borough is almost totally surrounded by water and much of this is classified as maritime national park. The Swan Bay Marine Reserve is a Ramsar site and is therefore a wetland of international significance. The Borough relies heavily on tourism for its economic livelihood.

This paper begins with an overview of the BoQ in geographic, demographic and economic terms and then discusses the possible effects and impacts of climate change, as they relate to this small community. These sections are viewed from environmental, economic and social perspectives. Environmental impacts include the erosion of the coastal sand dune system and the loss of habitat for the orange-bellied parrot. Social impacts include the health effects and dangers of flooding for low-lying housing. Various indicators of community response are described, particularly the activities of the local climate change action group. Their strategy can essentially be described as a ‘push upward and downward’ approach. Innovative actions to implement this strategy are described in the paper.

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Event

Community Development and Ecology (2008 : Melbourne, Victoria)

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1 - 11

Publisher

Deakin University

Location

Deakin University, Melbourne

Place of publication

Geelong, Vic.

Start date

2008-03-26

End date

2008-03-28

ISBN-13

9781741561197

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2008, Deakin University

Editor/Contributor(s)

M Clarke, P Connors, J Dillon, M Kelly, S Kenny

Title of proceedings

Community development and ecology : engaging ecological sustainability through community development : selected papers from a conference held in Melbourne, 26-28 March 2008

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