Great White Shark

National Leadership needed on Shark Threat

28 September 2015: Australia’s coastal councils have called on the Turnbull Government to lead a national collaborative effort to reduce the risk of shark attacks. Barry Sammels, the Chair of the Australian Coastal Councils Association, said there is an urgent need to identify effective strategies to reduce death and injury from shark attack and to … Continue reading National Leadership needed on Shark Threat

Australian Bureau of Statistics announces new population survey

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is planning a new Australian Population Survey with the capacity for continuous updates on regional population statistics. Data collected in the survey will be used to supplement data collected in the Census. The survey will provide a mechanism for more effectively using Census and administrative data to provide ongoing … Continue reading Australian Bureau of Statistics announces new population survey

Great White Shark

$250,000 NSW Shark Monitoring Program Gets Underway

The NSW government has commenced a shark-monitoring program to reduce the risk of shark attacks on the NSW north coast. The $250,000 program involves on-water surveillance by the Department of Primary Industries and CSIRO together with a public education campaign. Following a recent spate of 12 shark-related incidents in the north coast region, including two … Continue reading $250,000 NSW Shark Monitoring Program Gets Underway

Coastal areas continue to experience strong growth

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on 31 March show that in the year ended June 2014 the settlements with the highest growth rates outside the capital cities were along the coast, in particular in Queensland and Western Australia. High growth local government areas in Queensland included Gladstone, Moreton Bay and Sunshine … Continue reading Coastal areas continue to experience strong growth

Special General Meeting to Consider Changes to Organisation

A Special General Meeting of members of the National Sea Change Taskforce is to be called to consider changes to the organization including repositioning the group as the Australian Coastal Councils Association. The Taskforce Committee of Management voted unanimously at its most recent meeting to have the changes considered by member councils at a Special … Continue reading Special General Meeting to Consider Changes to Organisation

Inquiry Recommends cuts to Disaster Recovery Funding

The draft report of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into natural disaster funding recommends reducing the Commonwealth share of disaster recovery costs from 75% to 50%, with the balance to be picked up by state governments. The report, released on 25 September, also recommends that the Commonwealth substantially increase its funding to the states for mitigation … Continue reading Inquiry Recommends cuts to Disaster Recovery Funding

Taskforce Chair Discusses Coastal Issues with Environment Minister

The Chair of the National Sea Change Taskforce, Barry Sammels, has met with Environment Minister Greg Hunt and discussed a number of current coastal issues, including the proposal to add questions on the ownership and use of second residences to the next Census, in 2016. “The additional questions are proposed by the Australian Bureau of … Continue reading Taskforce Chair Discusses Coastal Issues with Environment Minister

Time To Act On Coast Is Now – Federal Parliamentary Inquiry

The report of the Federal Parliamentary coastal inquiry released last night represents a landmark step towards the sustainability of the Australian coast and its communities, according to the National Sea Change Taskforce. The inquiry was conducted over a period of 18 months by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Climate Change, Water, Environment and … Continue reading Time To Act On Coast Is Now – Federal Parliamentary Inquiry