Australian Coastal Councils Association Inc.

The 2017 Australian Coastal Councils Conference was held at Redcliffe, Queensland, from Wednesday 3 to Friday 5 May 2017.

The event was held at the Mon Komo Hotel, Redcliffe, Queensland and was jointly hosted by Moreton Bay Regional Council and Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism.

Read or download the conference report here:

2017 Australian Coastal Councils Report






Coastal Issues – Case Studies

CoastAdapt Update and Application

Dr David Rissik, Deputy Director, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

Coastal Planning on the Coffs Coast

Ms Sharon Smith, Section Leader Local Planning, Coffs Harbour City Council

Collaborating for Sustainable Tourism in a Coastal Region

Ms Pip Close, CEO, Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association


Keynote Session

What Does the Future Hold for Coastal Regions?

Prof Tim Smith, Director of the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of Sunshine Coast

Session and Discussion

Investing in Climate Change Adaptation

Dr Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar, James Cook University

Session and Discussion

The Country Game

Australian rules football legend Kevin Sheedy


Community engagement case studies

Goolwa Beach car park & surrounds – Best practice community engagement in a coastal context

Mr Simon Grenfell, Acting General Manager Infrastructure and Assets, Alexandrina Council

Participatory envisaging for wise coastal environmental offsets.

Ms Toni Cannard, Ecological Economist and Coastal Ecologist, CSIRO

Five tips for engaging communities in coastal climate change planning.

Dr Claudia Baldwin, Regional and Urban Planning, University of the Sunshine Coast

Clarence City Council’s coastal adaptation pathway.

Mr Phil Watson, NRM Planning Officer, Clarence City Council

Financing Options for Coastal Adaptation

Building the business case for adaptation

Dr Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar, James Cook University and Dr David Rissik, NCCARF

CoastAdapt application and outcomes

Dr David Rissik, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility


Session and Discussion

Australia State of Environment Report 2016: Coasts

Dr Graeme Clark, Co-author of the chapter on Coasts in the State of Environment Report


Keynote Session

What Causes Clusters of Unprovoked Shark Bites?

Dr Daryl McPhee, Head, Higher Degree Research at Bond University

Keynote Address

A Coordinated Approach to Managing Coastal Hazards

Mr John Lane, Qld Department of Environment and Heritage Protection  

Session and Discussion

The Short-term Rental Accommodation Challenge

Professor Nicole Gurran, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Sydney

Airbnb – The Douglas Shire Experience

Mayor Julia Leu, Douglas Shire Council Queensland

Session and Discussion:

Hero to Zero: The Climate Change Adaptation Planning Journey for Two Australia CoastalCouncils

Mr Donovan Burton, Principal, Climate Planning

Coastal Engineering Case Studies

Woorim Beach shoreline erosion management

Mr David Meyer, Manager Engineering, Moreton Bay Regional Council

Beachmere Lake: Reviving the health of an urban tidal lake.

Mr Allan Charteris, Coordinator Drainage, Waterways and Coastal Planning, Moreton Bay Regional Council

Using remote piloted aircraft for seawall condition assessment.

Mr Shamim Yazdani, Senior Engineer – Stormwater Planning, Moreton Bay Regional Council

Comparing coastal hazard vulnerability and risk identification approaches across Australia.

Mr Andrew McCowan, Managing Director, Water Technology

Workshop – The Short-term Rental Accommodation Challenge

Professor Nicole Gurran, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Sydney


Walking Tour

Activating the Redcliffe Foreshore

Ms Jo-Ann Baynham, Senior Strategic Planner, Moreton Bay Regional Council




Session and Discussion

Towards an Integrated Approach to Estimating Temporary Populations in Australia

Dr Elin Charles-Edwards, Lecturer in Human Geography at The University of Queensland

Session and Discussion

Estimating Temporary Populations – The Power of Aggregated Mobile Device Data

Mr Andrew Howe and Ms Tricia Chester – Demographers, Australian Bureau of Statistics

Session and Discussion

Location Insights on Population Movements for Councils

Mr Peter Hallowes and Mr Elliot Scali – TBA

Coastal Case Studies

Financing Planned Retreat – Can Land Acquisition be Made More Affordable?

Mr John Watson, School of Law, University of South Australia

Estimating Coastal and Marine Natural Asset Values

Dr Sean Pascoe, team leader, CSIRO Marine Resource Economics team

Australia’s Love of the Coast – Are We Overdoing It?

Mr Oliver Moles, Director of Sustainable Development, Moyne Shire Council

2017 Conference Communiqué

Mr Alan Stokes, Executive Director, Australian Coastal Councils Association Inc

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