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Commonwealth funds research project to curb shark attacks

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has announced a $23.9 million research project which is aimed at reducing the risk of shark attacks. Minister Hunt said the project, headed by a research team at the University of Tasmania, will develop a national population assessment of great white sharks and examine initiatives to mitigate the risk of shark … Continue reading Commonwealth funds research project to curb shark attacks

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National Leadership needed on Shark Threat

28 September 2015: Australia’s coastal councils have called on the Turnbull Government to lead a national collaborative effort to reduce the risk of shark attacks. Barry Sammels, the Chair of the Australian Coastal Councils Association, said there is an urgent need to identify effective strategies to reduce death and injury from shark attack and to … Continue reading National Leadership needed on Shark Threat

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 … Continue reading Australian Bureau of Statistics announces new population survey

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$250,000 NSW Shark Monitoring Program Gets Underway

The NSW government has commenced a shark-monitoring program to reduce the risk of shark attacks on the NSW north coast. The $250,000 program involves on-water surveillance by the Department of Primary Industries and CSIRO together with a public education campaign. Following a recent spate of 12 shark-related incidents in the north coast region, including two … Continue reading $250,000 NSW Shark Monitoring Program Gets Underway

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 … Continue reading Climate Change Poses Increased Risk to Coastal Cities – UK Study

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Nominations Invited for 2015 Victorian Coastal Awards

The Victorian Coastal Council (VCC) is inviting nominations for the 2015 Victorian Coastal Awards for Excellence. Nominations close on 2 August. Jon Hickman, the outgoing Chair of the VCC, said the Awards acknowledge the achievements of people who have played a significant role in protecting and enhancing the values of the Victorian coastal and marine … Continue reading Nominations Invited for 2015 Victorian Coastal Awards

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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, … Continue reading Powerful Alliance Formed To Promote Common Ground on Climate Change

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Surf Coast Shire Pilots Sustainable Fish Initiative

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 … Continue reading Surf Coast Shire Pilots Sustainable Fish Initiative

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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 … Continue reading Sunshine Coast Council Approves $7.7m Levy for Environment