2015 Australian Coastal Councils Conference Report and Presentations

The report of the 2015 Australian Coastal Councils Conference, which was held from 11 to 13 March, is now available.

The Conference was convened by the National Sea Change Taskforce at the RACV Resort, Cape Schanck, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. It was attended by representatives of coastal councils from all states, in addition to members of the coastal research community and representatives of relevant government agencies.

Read or download the conference report here:
2015 Australian Coastal Councils Conference Report

Conference presentations

Presentations by conference speakers are available as Adobe Acrobat (pdf) versions accessible from the links in the list of sessions and topics below.

WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH 2015
CONFERENCE DAY ONE


INTRODUCTION TO THE REGION

Welcome to the Beautiful Mornington Peninsula
An overview of the local region by Mayor Bev Colomb,
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Frankston
Michael Papageorgiou on behalf of Mayor Sandra Mayer, Frankston City Council

CASE STUDY: REGIONAL TOURISM

Coastal Tourism: A Case Study
Presenter – Ms Tracey Cooper, Executive Chair, Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board

PORT PHILLIP REGIONAL COASTAL ADAPTATION PLAN

Bay Blueprint
Presenter – Mr Bernie Cotter, Executive Officer, Association of Bayside Municipalities

PANEL DISCUSSION: COASTAL ISSUES AND CHALLENGES

Coastal Issues and Challenges
Professor Bruce Thom AM, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists,
Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney,  Mr Jon Hickman, Chair, Victorian Coastal Council
Mr Bernie Cotter, Executive Officer, Association of Bayside Municipalities.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
SEA LEVEL RISE AND PROJECTIONS FOR THE FUTURE.

Sea Level Change and Recent Australian Projections
Presenter – Dr John Church, CSIRO Fellow with the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research

COASTAL RESEARCH FORUM AND DISCUSSION:

The Scope of Liability for decision-making in coastal areas: how far do protections extend?
Presenter – Dr Justine Bell, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland

Measuring the Social, Cultural and Economic Indicators for the First Gladstone Healthy Harbours Partnership Report Card
Presenter – Dr Sean Pascoe, Team Leader – Marine Resource Economics Team, CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere Research

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

COASTAL ADAPTATION 

Managing Coastal Assets and Erosion Management
Presenter – Ms Jeska Dee, Team Leader Foreshore, Frankston City Council

Estimating Future Coastal Inundation and Erosion Hazards. Presenter – Dr Andrew McCowan, Managing Director, Water Technology Pty Ltd

Planning for our coastal communities in a changing climate: a pathways approach
Presenter – Mrs Ellen Witte, Associate Policy Advisory, SGS Economics & Planning

Volunteer group leading community engagement projects towards coastal adaptation.
Presenter – Ms Silvia De San Laureano Quiñones, Environment Project Officer, Moyne Shire Council

PRACTICAL ACTION TO MANAGE COASTAL CLIMATE RISKS 

Supporting practical action to manage the risks of climate change on the coast.
Workshop conducted by Dr Dave Rissik, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility .

THURSDAY 12 MARCH 2015 CONFERENCE DAY TWO

COASTAL POPULATIONS: PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE – Trends in coastal populations with input from the ABS and case studies

Population Change In Seachange Regions
Presenter – Mr Andrew Howe, Senior Demographer, Regional Population Unit, Australian Bureau of Statistics

RESEARCH FORUM AND DISCUSSION: CLIMATE ADAPTATION 

Developing a Framework for Managing Coastal Climate Risk in Australia
Presenter – Dr David Rissik, Deputy Director, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

Social, Economic and Institutional Dimensions of Climate Change Adaptation
Presenter – Prof Tim Smith, Director, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast

CLIMATE ADAPTATION CASE STUDY

Coastal Adaptation – A Cooperative Regional Approach
Presenter – Ms Joanne Ludbrook, Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator, Peron Naturaliste Partnership

MANAGING AND FUNDING NATURAL DISASTERS IN COASTAL AUSTRALIA

Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities
Presenter – Mr Andrew Coghlan, National Manager Emergency Services, Australian Red Cross

PRESENTATIONS AND PANEL DISCUSSION ON RESEARCH ON COASTAL AUSTRALIA

Overview of national research programs relevant to coastal councils
Presenter – Dr Andy Steven, Research Director, CSIRO Coastal, Oceans & Atmosphere Flagship

Slipping through the net: the impact of incremental development on the built and natural environments of coastal towns
Presenter – Dr David Beynon, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University

Planning and bushfire risk in a changing climate
Presenter – Prof Barbara Norman, Foundation Chair in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Canberra

CONCURRENT SESSIONS


COASTAL MANAGEMENT

Development of Frankston Coastal Management Plan –
awaiting presentation.

Presenter – Ms Simone Bonella, Leisure Planner, Frankston City Council

Check list for Environmental Governance of Coasts
Presenter – Dr Janette Shaw, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

Beach System Ecoservices, Economic Value and Coastal Management
Presenter – Dr Boyd Blackwell, Research Fellow, University of New England

Coastal Planning “Matters”
Presenter – Ms Virginia Brook, Strategic Planner – Coastal, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2015
CONFERENCE DAY THREE

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
VICTORIA’S APPROACH TO COASTAL MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING
The Hon Lisa Neville MP, Victorian Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water

VICTORIAN COASTAL MANAGEMENT ACT OVERVIEW

 How To Obtain Coastal Policy Stability – Twenty Years Of The Victorian Coastal Management Act 1995
Presenters – Dr Geoff Wescott, Associate Professor, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, and Mr Jon Hickman, Chair, Victorian Coastal Council

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CASE STUDY

Surf Coast Surfing Industry Report
Presenter – Ms Kate Sullivan, Director of Planning and Environment, Surf Coast Shire Council  

COASTAL ISSUES AND CHALLENGES

Climate Change Adaptation Projects: A Local and International Perspective.
Presenter – Mr Oliver Moles, Director Sustainable Development, Moyne Shire Council.

Local government management challenges in protecting and preserving Indigenous cultural heritage values along the coast Presenter – Mr Adam Magennis, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.

Coastal Caravan Parks and Economic Benefits of Climate Change Adaptation
Presenter – Dr Boyd Blackwell, Research Fellow, University of New England.

The Phoenix Rises: Margaret River Surfers Point Case Study Presenter – Mr Gary Evershed, Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Augusta Margaret River