Historical Drought Events

This interactive tableau graph shows the historical droughts in Kingston Beach from 1847 to 1988. Hover your mouse of the hazard icons to find out more information.


Historical Flood Events

This interactive tableau graph shows the historical floods in Kingston Beach from 1870 to 2015. Hover your mouse of the hazard icons to find out more information.


Protecting Kingston Beach by Tracing its Past

As part of its leadership on climate change adaptation, Kingborough Council needs your help tracing the natural history of Kingston Beach. Council researchers are exploring the risks and responses to natural hazards in the Kingston Beach area, and need to paint a picture of its recent evolution.

The Council’s Climate Adaptation specialist, Donovan Burton, is asking residents and past residents to share historical photographs and stories of the area. “Kingston Beach is such a precious asset for our community. To make properly informed decisions about its future maintenance and adaptation, we need as much reliable information as possible,” Mr Burton said.

“That means understanding how the beach has changed historically, and how it’s likely to change and need our intervention as the sea level rises. “In particular, we’re really interested in images of any extreme event – for example, flooding of Browns River, a storm surge or storm damage, or 1967 bushfire images near the beach.

“We’re also keen to see any photographs taken before the sea-wall was built, and any images of the storm damage that prompted the wall’s development,” he said. Please send any images or comments to dburton@ (with “Kingston Beach” in the subject line).

The project is part of Kingborough Council’s award-winning Community Resilience program and partly funded under the Natural Disaster Resilience Grants Program.


Bushfires: rural residents are the solution, not the problem

By Nicholas Gill

The return of heatwaves and bushfires to the news pages has brought fresh warnings that Australians who live in fire-prone zones still don’t fully understand the risk they are running.

Deadly fires in Victoria’s Grampians and the Perth Hills, and the many other emergencies across other states, have once again brought the dangers into stark relief. Yet we have found evidence that people living near bushland are more aware of the risks and remedies than they are given credit for.

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The cost of natural disasters

The full report Building our nation's resilience to natural disaster is available here