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Buddina Beachfront Residential - The Future?

The Buddina beachfront properties on Pacific Boulevard include varying building heights, predominantly zoned 8.5m residential and sited on primary / frontal dune, located within the State declared erosion prone area


We need to be vigilant and ensure rezoning and height are not increased in future modifications to the Sunshine Coast planning scheme.  Decisions about coastal development should take appropriate account of the predicted effects of climate change, including sea level rise.

State Planning Policy

State Planning Policy (SPP) expresses the State’s interests in land use planning and development.  The State interest in natural hazards, risk and resilience identifies that the risks associated with natural hazards, including that the projected impacts of climate change, are to be avoided or mitigated to protect people and property and enhance the community’s resilience to natural hazards.


The Assessment benchmarks include performance outcomes that apply to development applications (to the extent the SPP has not been identified in a local planning instrument as being appropriately integrated).


SPP assessment benchmarks refer to development in an erosion prone area outside the coastal management district, and requires that "Development … avoids natural hazard areas, or where it is not possible to avoid the natural hazard area, development mitigates the risks to people and property to an acceptable or tolerable level.

Natural Hazards Guidance Material

State Planning Policy includes state interest guidance material for Natural hazards, risks and resilience – Coastal hazards (May 2018).  This provides the appropriate guidance to Council regarding development and redevelopment in the State declared erosion prone area.  The assessment benchmarks are identified in the guidance material which also  provides further instruction.

State declared erosion prone area

All development along Pacific Boulevard at Buddina is required to consider the State Interest in risks associated with natural hazards, including the projected impacts of climate change.  The State declared erosion prone area at Buddina is 175m wide from the highest astronomical tide (HAT), as mapped in accordance with the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1994.

Coastal Mapping - State Interest

Reference to the State Development Assessment Mapping System (SARA) confirms the declared erosion prone area along Buddina beach extends inland and identifies the close proximity to both the medium and high storm inundation areas. 

The Sunshine Coast planning scheme includes the coastal protection overlay map indicating the coastal protection area which replicates the State mapping of the declared erosion prone area.


Based on Smartline geomorphology data, Pacific Boulevard is adjacent to beachfront identified as dominantly sandy shores and very high erodibility with the exception of the far northern section at Pt Cartwright which is identified as dominantly hard rock shores and low erodibility.

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Coastal hazard history of Buddina - the facts

supported by the science with relevant references included

Documents and access links

State Planning Policy - state interest guidance material:

Natural hazards, risks and resilience – Coastal hazards May 2018

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