Australian Coastal Councils Association Inc.

Presentations at the 2019 Australia’s Coastal Councils Conference, which was held at Kiama, NSW, from Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 March, are now available. The preliminary conference report will be available by Friday 15 March.


Wednesday 6 March

Kiama: Building on Its Local Character

Diana Griffiths, founding director of Studio GL

Climate Change Adaptation Strategies: A National Overview

Astrid Stuer, Water Technology Pty Ltd.

QCoast2100Delivering Queensland-Wide Adaptation Planning for Coastal Hazards

Subathra Ramachandram, Program Manager LGAQ, and Sel Sultmann, Principal Coastal Scientist, QLD Department of Environment and Science

Sunshine Coast: Building A Bright Future

Warren Bunker, Group Executive, Liveability and Natural Assets Group, Sunshine Coast Council

Ocean Safety and Beach Management

Warren Young, Chief Lifeguard Gold Coast City Council, Bruce Hopkins, Head Lifeguard Waverley Council

Online Short-Term Holiday Rental Platforms – Update

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

Ocean Safety and Beach Management – Workshop

Session facilitated by members of the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association

Where Has My Beach Gone and What Can I Do About It?

Dr Andrew McCowan, Managing Director, Water Technology Pty Ltd.

Living Shoreline Response to Building Coastal Resilience.

Ralph Roob, Senior Environmental Engineer, City of Greater Geelong.

Coastal Management in Australia and Climate Change: A Comparison Between Jurisdictions and Assessment of Approaches Against a Gold Standard.

Dr David Rissik, Senior Principal, Climate Adaptation, BMT

Understanding Microplastic Loads Through a Robust Citizen Science Approach

Scott Wilson, Senior Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science, Macquarie University.


Thursday 7 March

The Tsunami Threat to Australia: Sydney Harbour and National Perspectives

Kaya M. Wilson and Dr Hannah E. Power, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, The University of Newcastle.

Kiama Tourism Strategy

Karen Ronning, Manager Tourism and Events, Kiama Municipal Council

Managing Peak Tourism Demand at Hyams Beach

Coralie Bell, Tourism Manager, Shoalhaven City Council and Chair, Australian Regional Tourism.

Moyne Shire and Tourism: Taking Care of Business

Oliver J Moles, Director Sustainable Development, Moyne Shire Council

Australian Coastal Cities – Climate Risks and Responses

Professor Lesley Hughes, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Integrity and Development, Macquarie University

The Smart Beaches Project

Brad Sutton, Acting Manager Environmental Systems, Lake Macquarie City Council, and Claire Chaikin-Bryan, Project Manager Strategy, Performance & Improvement, Northern Beaches Council

An Inconvenient Truce: How to Make Retreat Work as a Coastal Adaptation Pathway

Allan Young, National Technical Leader, Urban and Regional Planning, EMM Consulting Pty Ltd.

The Smart Beaches Project – Workshop

Facilitated by Brad Sutton, Lake Macquarie City Council, and Claire Chaikin-Bryan, Northern Beaches Council.

Marine Pests and The Australian Government: Educational and Information Resources Available to Local Councils.

Brett Herbert, Scientist, Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

How Do We Effectively Mitigate the Risk of Shark Bite to all Beach Users?

Craig Blount, of Cardno (NSW/ACT) Pty Ltd.

Flying Fish Point Rock Revetments: Application of ‘Green Engineering’, Fish-friendly Features and Other Innovative Measurers.

Justin Fischer, Manager Asset Engineering, Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Coastal Hazard Adaptation on Moreton Island.

Glen Dare, Environmental Engineer, City Planning and Sustainability Division, Brisbane City Council.


Friday 8 March

Impact of Sea-Level Rise Around the Australian Coast: A Sediment Compartment Approach

Professor Colin Woodroffe, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences, University of Wollongong

Building Coastal Councils Capability to Respond to Climate Change

Dorean Erhart, Program Manager LGAQ  and Catherine Dunbar, Manager Adaptation – Climate Change and Sustainable Futures, QLD Department of Environment and Science.

Coastal Issues Survey Report

Alan Stokes, Executive Director, Australian Coastal Councils Association

2019 Conference Communiqué




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