The annual Australian Coastal Councils Conference is a highlight of the year for representatives of Australia’s coastal councils, policy makers, researchers and others with a stake in the future of the Australian coast and its communities. Each year it attracts delegates from coastal councils, research organisations, industry and policy makers from all Australian states.

The 2019 conference is being hosted by Kiama Municipal Council at the scenic coastal town of Kiama. It will be the first time the conference has been held on the NSW south coast. The Kiama region is located between the Illawarra escarpment and the Pacific Ocean and has exceptional natural features including outstanding local beaches, rainforests, rivers and waterfalls.  It is located on the national transport corridor, with Sydney Airport a 90-minute drive away and Canberra a 2½ hour drive. The venue for the conference is The Pavilion Kiama, 2 Bong Bong Street, Kiama. It is situated on a headland overlooking the famous Kiama Lighthouse and Surf Beach. The Pavilion is within walking distance of a range of local accommodation facilities.

The theme for the conference is Coastal Challenges – Smarter Solutions and the program will feature topics of significant interest to coastal councils and communities, including:

  • Australian Coastal Cities – Climate Risks and Responses
  • Coastal Policy Proposals for the 2019 Federal Election
  • Online Short-term Holiday Rental Platforms – Update
  • Smart City Strategies for Coastal Regions
  • Smart Coastal Tourism Strategies
  • Ocean Safety and Beach Management

Coastal case studies presented by representatives of member councils and other coastal stakeholders have been one of the most popular features of the annual Australian Coastal Councils Conference in recent years.

The case studies provide valuable insights into the work being undertaken by coastal councils from all around Australia – the new ideas, the new research projects, the new science and the new approaches to coastal challenges which can be adapted for use elsewhere along the coastline.