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Meet the coastal dwellers who don't fear rising seas

Friday 7 Jun 19 12:00pm

Storm damage in Collaroy

 

HALF OF THE PEOPLE living in New South Wales’ coastal communities think rising sea levels will not affect them, and a quarter of accommodation businesses on the coast are unsure if sea-level rise is even occurring, new data shows.

The report – released on the anniversary of the 2016 East Coast Low ‘superstorm’ that saw widespread damage along Australia’s east coast, including the collapse of a Collaroy swimming pool – describes what the New South Wales community understands about coastal erosion and inundation, as well as the driving forces behind these hazards: sea-level rise and severe coastal storms.

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