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Association representatives discuss coastal hazards with Environment Minister

Representatives of the Australian Coastal Councils Association have met with Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment, to discuss the increasing impact of damage to the coastal environment caused by erosion and inundation. The meeting, held in Melbourne on 17 July, was attended by Chair Barry Sammels, Treasurer Jill Parker and Alan Stokes of the … Continue reading Association representatives discuss coastal hazards with Environment Minister

50% of NSW coastal residents do not think rising sea levels will affect them

Half of the residents living in NSW coastal communities think rising sea levels will not affect them directly, new data released by scientists at the University of NSW has shown. The report describes what the NSW community understands about coastal erosion and inundation, as well as the driving forces behind these hazards such as sea level rise … Continue reading 50% of NSW coastal residents do not think rising sea levels will affect them

10 European cities urge action to regulate Airbnb

Ten tourist cities in Europe have signed a joint statement demanding that the European Union do more to help them regulate Airbnb and other short-term holiday rental websites, which they claim are damaging housing markets and changing the character of local communities. The statement was signed by representatives of Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, … Continue reading 10 European cities urge action to regulate Airbnb

Conference Presentations Now Available

Presentations at the 2019 Australia’s Coastal Councils Conference, which was held at Kiama, NSW, from Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 March, are now available. The preliminary conference report will be available by Friday 15 March.   Wednesday 6 March Kiama: Building on Its Local Character Diana Griffiths, founding director of Studio GL Climate Change Adaptation … Continue reading Conference Presentations Now Available

Winners of 2019 Australian Coastal Awards Announced

Barry Sammels, Chair of the Australian Coastal Councils Association, said the Awards were established to acknowledge the achievement of individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the Australian coastal environment, settlements and sustainability. “The Awards are intended to raise community awareness of the importance of the coastal zone and to encourage coastal … Continue reading Winners of 2019 Australian Coastal Awards Announced

World-first smart beaches platform wins $910,000 Federal Grant

The Australian Government has awarded Lake Macquarie City Council a $910,000 grant under the smart cities and suburbs program to develop a world-first smart beaches platform to make beaches safer, reduce the risk of coastal drownings and improve public amenities. The new system will be implemented in conjunction with Northern Beaches Council and the University … Continue reading World-first smart beaches platform wins $910,000 Federal Grant

World leaders call for acceleration of climate adaptation

A new Global Commission on Adaptation has been established by a group of world leaders to promote the acceleration of climate adaptation solutions. The commission is led by Ban Ki-Moon, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Kristalina Georgeieva, CEO of the World Bank. … Continue reading World leaders call for acceleration of climate adaptation

State Governments Consider Online Holiday Rental Research Report

State governments have indicated they are considering the findings and recommendations of the study into short-term holiday rental platforms commissioned by the Australian Coastal Councils Association. The NSW Department of Finance Services and Innovation has indicated it will consider suggestions from the research report in the process of drafting a Code of Conduct for the … Continue reading State Governments Consider Online Holiday Rental Research Report

Planning controls not keeping pace with online holiday rentals

Australia needs new planning tools to manage the rapid growth in listings on Airbnb and other online holiday rental platforms, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Sydney. A study into planning responses to the impact of short-term holiday rental platforms was conducted by a University of Sydney research team led … Continue reading Planning controls not keeping pace with online holiday rentals

Kiama to host 2019 Australian Coastal Councils Conference

The Association’s Committee of Management has announced that the 2019 Australian Coastal Councils Conference is to be hosted by Kiama Municipal Council on the NSW south coast from 6 to 8 March next year. Chair Barry Sammels said the members of the Committee were excited at the prospect of holding the 2019 event at Kiama. … Continue reading Kiama to host 2019 Australian Coastal Councils Conference