An inquiry into Australia’s preparation for Climate Change by Local Government Association director of environment Adam Gray found that retreating from some foreshore areas was a possibility in the future.
Areas considered vulnerable by previous reports are Port Augusta, Hindmarsh Island, Robe, parts of the West Torrens Council area, St Kilda, Tumby Bay, parts of Holdfast Bay, and Port Pirie.
While places like Arno Bay and Lucky Bay are not listed as being in immediate danger, District Council of Cleve chief executive officer Peter Arnold said rising sea levels were an issue the council would continue to monitor.
“Council don’t think it’s a specific issue at the moment but it’s something we’re constantly thinking about in the background,” he said.
“We do risk assessments to minimise the risk of possible issues from rising sea levels.
“I don’t think Arno Bay is at any greater risk of rising sea levels than anywhere else but council is working in the background to minimise the risks, but we have no specific projects planned in the next year or two.”
Arno Bay resident Neil Wickstein said he did not believe rising sea levels would affect the town in his lifetime.
“It would have to take most of Antarctica to melt for the sea to rise the half a metre that is being suggested,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s an issue at all, and it won’t affect Arno Bay.”