Australian Coastal Councils Association Inc.

Australian Coastal Councils Conference 2024

2024 Australian Coastal Councils Conference



Come and join us at the 2024 Australian Coastal Councils Conference

McLaren Vale, South Australia Wednesday 29 May to Friday 31 May 2024

Registration is now open for the 2024 Australian Coastal Councils Conference, to be held at McLaren Vale, South Australia, from Wednesday 29 May to Friday 31 May 2024. The conference is being hosted by the City of Onkaparinga.

Discounted Early Bird registration fees for the event are available until Thursday 28 March 2024.

Registration form & information

Association Chair, Councillor Sharon Cadwallader, Mayor of Ballina Shire Council in Northern NSW, said the Australian Coastal Councils Conference is an important event for elected representatives and officers of coastal councils and other coastal stakeholders. “We are excited at the prospect of holding the 2024 event at McLaren Vale,” she said. “It is 10 years since we held our last conference in South Australia, and I know it will be a very popular destination with delegates. The program will also be of great relevance and interest to delegates.”

One of the key features of the 2024 event will be the release of the interim report of a new study by The University of Sydney titled, Short-term rentals in urban and coastal communities: impacts and policy responses. The report updates and extends the landmark research report, Planning responses to online short-term holiday rental platforms, which was commissioned by the Association in 2017 with the final report being released in 2018.

The objectives of the new study are to:

  • Identify relevant planning responses to the current growth in online short-term holiday rental platforms (STR) in terms of local government planning frameworks, rating regimes, licensing and regulations, and complaints mechanisms;
  • Define the tools and strategies required to address concerns around the amenity, tourism, infrastructure, cost burdens and potential housing market impacts of growth in STR platforms.

The City of Onkaparinga is home to 31km of iconic sandy beaches, tidal rivers, estuaries and world class tourism destinations and has developed many innovative coastal initiatives, including a Coastal Adaptation Plan and Coastal Monitoring Program that is the culmination of years of rigorous scientific investigation, risk assessments and community engagement. The conference will also be an opportunity to hear presentations on innovative South Australian coastal initiatives, including the Climate Ready Coasts Program and the work of the Coast Protection Board and the Department of Environment and Water’s Coast and Marine Branch. Join us to find out how coastal councils around the nation are finding smarter solutions to the challenges facing their communities.

Don’t miss out!

Register now.

For more information and conference inquiries call Susan Faulkner at 0418 254 132 or email

Banner Image: Sellicks Beach Credit: Tourism Australia

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