The Australian Coastal Councils Association was initially established as the National Sea Change Taskforce, which focused on the challenge of rapid growth in coastal areas. In 2015 the name of the organisation was changed to the Australian Coastal Councils Association Inc, to reflect its role in addressing a broader range of coastal issues.
Priority Coastal Issues
Research studies and surveys undertaken by the organisation have identified the following priority issues facing coastal councils:
- Coastal erosion – Lack of clarity on government policies in relation to coastal erosion is nominated as a major issue by most coastal councils.
- Infrastructure – Coastal councils face Infrastructure gaps across a broad range of areas and lack the capacity to finance shortfalls through existing revenue sources.
- Community wellbeing – Many coastal communities experience high levels of socio economic disadvantage. Options for young people in particular tend to be limited, with many leaving to complete their education or to look for employment. Coastal communities are also ageing faster than the rest of Australia.
- Governance – Coastal areas are subject to complex cross jurisdictional planning and management arrangements. The role and responsibilities of each tier of government are not well defined or coordinated.
- Coastal environments under pressure – Councils need additional resources to deal with loss of habitat and degradation of wetlands in coastal areas.
The Australian Coastal Councils Association enables coastal councils to work together to tackle these issues and add their support to the coastal advocacy campaign to be conducted in the period leading up to the Federal election.