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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

Communiqué calls for Australian Government to support climate adaptation plans

Delegates attending the 2018 Australian Coastal Councils Conference at Geelong, from 21 to 23 March, adopted a Communiqué calling on the Australian Government to support initiatives by councils to develop and implement coastal climate adaptation plans. The delegates issued the Communiqué in response to climate change hazards which represent a clear and imminent threat to … Continue reading Communiqué calls for Australian Government to support climate adaptation plans

2018 Australian Coastal Councils Conference report now available

The report and presentations from the 2018 Australian Coastal Councils Conference, held at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre from 21 to 23 March 2018, are now available at the following url -  https://coastalcouncilsconference.org.au/reports/ The report includes a copy of the final program for the event, together with the Conference Communiqué and links to the … Continue reading 2018 Australian Coastal Councils Conference report now available

Winners of 2018 Australian Coastal Awards Announced

The winners of the 2018 Australian Coastal Awards were announced at the Australian Coastal Councils Conference, held at the City of Greater Geelong, Victoria, on Thursday 22 March. 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 … Continue reading Winners of 2018 Australian Coastal Awards Announced

Registration open for 2018 Australian Coastal Councils Conference

Registration is now open for the 2018 Australian Coastal Councils Conference, to be held at Geelong, Victoria, from 21 to 23 March 2018. The conference is a great opportunity for coastal decision-makers to share information on the latest developments in coastal planning and management from around Australia. Plus, there will be a special pre-conference forum focusing … Continue reading Registration open for 2018 Australian Coastal Councils Conference

Changing Direction of Storms Poses Additional Threat to Coastal Areas

A detailed study of a major storm and its impact on the Australian coast has identified a climate change hazard not previously recognised - as storm patterns change, coastal areas once thought to be safe are likely to be severely affected. The study of the severe storm event which hit the east coast of Australia … Continue reading Changing Direction of Storms Poses Additional Threat to Coastal Areas