Inquiry Recommends cuts to Disaster Recovery Funding

The draft report of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into natural disaster funding recommends reducing the Commonwealth share of disaster recovery costs from 75% to 50%, with the balance to be picked up by state governments. The report, released on 25 September, also recommends that the Commonwealth substantially increase its funding to the states for mitigation … Continue reading Inquiry Recommends cuts to Disaster Recovery Funding

Taskforce AGM and MP Briefings to be held in Canberra

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the National Sea Change Taskforce is to be held in Canberra on Wednesday 3 September. The meeting will be held at Parliament House in association with a series of briefings for MPs from coastal electorates. Taskforce Chair Barry Sammels said separate briefings would be held for coastal MPs the … Continue reading Taskforce AGM and MP Briefings to be held in Canberra

Inquiry to Consider Commonwealth Funding Cuts for Natural Disasters

A Productivity Commission inquiry into funding arrangements for natural disasters is considering recommendations to substantially reduce the level of Commonwealth financial support for disaster reconstruction costs. Until now the Commonwealth has played a major role in providing funding and other support to help the states and territories provide urgent assistance to communities affected by disasters. … Continue reading Inquiry to Consider Commonwealth Funding Cuts for Natural Disasters

Peak Coastal Groups Join Forces for Election Campaign

Australia’s peak coastal groups have joined forces to campaign for a national coastal policy in the lead up to the Federal election. The Australian Coastal Advocacy Alliance has been formed by the Association of Bayside Municipalities (Victoria); Australian Coastal Society; National Sea Change Taskforce; Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective; Surf Life Saving Australia; Surfrider Foundation Australia … Continue reading Peak Coastal Groups Join Forces for Election Campaign

Many People in Coastal Areas ‘Missing’ on Census Night – Study

A study of coastal populations outside the capital cities has found a large number of people were missing from these communities when the 2011 Census data was collected. A research team at The University of Adelaide, headed by leading demographer Professor Graeme Hugo, conducted the study for the National Sea Change Taskforce, which represents coastal … Continue reading Many People in Coastal Areas ‘Missing’ on Census Night – Study

Coastal Communities Face Complex Range Of Issues

Coastal councils from around Australia are attending the Australian Coastal Councils Conference at Byron Bay today and tomorrow to consider the major challenges facing the nation’s regional coastal communities. Barry Sammels, the Chair of the National Sea Change Taskforce, which has organised the conference, told delegates that coastal communities are facing a most difficult and … Continue reading Coastal Communities Face Complex Range Of Issues

Time To Act On Coast Is Now – Federal Parliamentary Inquiry

The report of the Federal Parliamentary coastal inquiry released last night represents a landmark step towards the sustainability of the Australian coast and its communities, according to the National Sea Change Taskforce. The inquiry was conducted over a period of 18 months by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Climate Change, Water, Environment and … Continue reading Time To Act On Coast Is Now – Federal Parliamentary Inquiry

Population Boom Set To Hit Coastal Areas

Revised estimates of Australia’s population growth over the next 40 years have dire implications for the nation’s coastal communities, according to the National Sea Change Taskforce, which represents non-metropolitan coastal councils. After analysing the estimates, which were prepared by Federal Treasury, the Taskforce believes the projected growth is likely to increase the population in Australia’s … Continue reading Population Boom Set To Hit Coastal Areas

Low Income Coastal Communities At Greater Risk From Climate Change

A research report released today by the National Sea Change Taskforce identifies that people on low incomes in coastal communities are at greater risk from the effects of climate change than more affluent residents. The report, prepared by the Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning at The University of Sydney, finds that people living in … Continue reading Low Income Coastal Communities At Greater Risk From Climate Change