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Australian Bureau of Statistics announces new population survey

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is planning a new Australian Population Survey with the capacity for continuous updates on regional population statistics. Data collected in the survey will be used to supplement data collected in the Census.

The survey will provide a mechanism for more effectively using Census and administrative data to provide ongoing and dynamic information on regions across Australia – including where people live at different times of the year and their characteristics. 


Climate Change Poses Increased Risk to Coastal Cities – UK Study

A study conducted by researchers at University College London has found that population growth in coastal areas can lead to major increases in exposure to extreme weather events.

Professor Georgina Mace, who led the study, said governments around the world had failed to grasp the risk that rapidly growing populations in coastal cities face the prospect of rising sea levels and more frequent and severe extreme weather events related to climate change.

Sunset at Mandurah

Powerful Alliance Formed To Promote Common Ground on Climate Change

An alliance of major business, union, environment, investor and social organisations has been formed with the objective of  ‘putting the climate policy debate on common ground and offering a way forward’.

The alliance, called the Australian Climate Roundtable, includes

  • The Australian Aluminium Council,
  • The Australian Conservation Foundation,
  • The Australian Council of Social Service,
  • The ACTU,
  • The Australian Industry Group,
  • The Business Council of Australia,
  • The Energy Supply Association of Australia,
  • The Investor Group on Climate Change,
  • The Climate Institute and
  • WWF Australia.
Cover of Good Fish Guide Booklet

Surf Coast Shire Pilots Sustainable Fish Initiative

The Good Fish Project Logo


A national initiative to promote the use of sustainable seafood in local restaurants and other food outlets is being piloted by Surf Coast Shire Council, on Victoria’s west coast, in association with the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS).

The Good Fish Project aims to encourage chefs, restaurants and food professionals to serve customers with sustainable seafood options. Twelve restaurants in the Surf Coast area have already signed up to the project.

Sunshine coast view

Sunshine Coast Council Approves $7.7m Levy for Environment

The Sunshine Coast Council has approved a $7.7 million Environment Levy Program for 2015-16, part of which will be used to buy, protect and enhance environmentally significant land. The Council’s total budget allocation for environmental management in 2015-16 is $74 million.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the region’s environment was central to the local way of life and the investment would protect and enhance its natural assets for future generations to enjoy. 

Australian Coastal Councils Association, National Sea Change Taskforce, News

Government Announces Census to be Retained

The Federal Government has confirmed the 2016 national Census will go ahead as planned and that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will receive an additional $250 million in the budget for an urgent computer upgrade.

The announcement follows reports that the Census was going to be scrapped in its existing form and replaced with a smaller sample survey.


Illegal Sand Mining Threatens the World’s Natural Sand Beaches

While the general public is largely unaware of the extent of Illegal sand mining the issue represents a growing global problem, according to Christian Hellwig, a political risk analyst with Global Risk Insights.

Writing in the journal International Policy Digest he warns that an estimated 75% to 90% of the world’s natural sand beaches are at risk of disappearing as a result of illegal mining, which has already caused severe supply shortages and the loss of numerous beaches around the world.

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