Urban planning policy practice and climate change adaptation science for sea-level rise impacts upon cultural heritage places in Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula

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    Arias, Eliza
    Jones, David
    2018 Conference Papers
    Architectural Science: Cities and Outdoor Environments
    Conference Papers


Climate change, and in particular sea level rise, erosion, storm surges and inundation, poses significant risk to coastal settlements. With such a high proportion of the Australian and Victorian populations inhabiting low lying coastal areas, it is integral that the coastal edge is managed effectively by conducting up to date climate change studies and risk assessments, as well as implementing strategic adaption responses and plans. Using a qualitative research methodology, this paper examines the role and responsiveness of urban planning policy in seeking to address coastal climate change impacts including sea level rise upon the cultural heritage of Sorrento township on the Mornington Peninsula. Possessing numerous European and Boon Wurrung Indigenous cultural heritage sites that are located along the coastal foreshore that are highly vulnerable to the potential impact of sea level rise, Mornington Peninsula Shire is yet to adopt a climate change adaption plan. Using the coastal towns of Port Fairy and Queenscliff as comparative case studies to assess their level of preparedness, noting their successfully adoption of climate change adaption plans, applied planning recommendations are offered for the Shire to better inform their pending Climate Change Adaption Plan including relevant cultural heritage management strategies.


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