From the Executive Summary: 

This is the second report for the National Sea Change Taskforce. The first report by the Planning Research Centre, Meeting the Sea Change Challenge: Sea Change Communities in Coastal Australia (March 2005), identified the key social, economic, and environmental planning issues facing coastal sea change communities in Australia, and reviewed current responses to these issues (Gurran et al 2005).

Read Meeting the Sea Change Challenge – Second Report

This report documents the range of governance, environmental, community, economic, and infrastructure challenges affecting “sea change” councils in Australia and internationally, and identifies best practice in addressing these issues. It has been prepared for the National Sea Change Taskforce, which includes over 60 local government areas in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The research contained in this report forms part of a broader study being conducted by the Planning Research Centre at the University of Sydney, in partnership with Australian coastal communities represented by the National Sea Change Taskforce.

Meeting the Sea Change Challenge was reported widely in the national media and referred to in the recent NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Infrastructure Provision in Coastal Growth Areas. This report builds on the earlier research and has three main objectives:

  • To identify best practice principles for responding to the governance, environmental, community, economic, and infrastructure needs of non-metropolitan coastal communities in Australia affected by the sea change phenomenon;
  • To identify actual examples of national and international best practice in planning for rapid growth and change within highly environmentally sensitive contexts analogous to non-metropolitan coastal Australia; and,
  • To define a set of tools and planning options suitable for implementation within the various types of sea change communities in Australia.