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

OPINION – A New Marine and Coastal Management Act for Victoria

By Jon Hickman, Chair - Victorian Coastal Council  The Act that established the current coastal governance system in Victoria, the Coastal Management Act 1995, is now twenty years old and, whilst it has lasted well, changes are needed to ensure the legislative framework that governs the coast meets the challenges of the next twenty years. … Continue reading OPINION – A New Marine and Coastal Management Act for Victoria

Illegal Sand Mining Threatens the World’s Natural Sand Beaches

While the general public is largely unaware of the extent of Illegal sand mining the issue represents a growing global problem, according to Christian Hellwig, a political risk analyst with Global Risk Insights. Writing in the journal International Policy Digest he warns that an estimated 75% to 90% of the world’s natural sand beaches are … Continue reading Illegal Sand Mining Threatens the World’s Natural Sand Beaches

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

Coastal Erosion the ‘Major Coastal Issue of the Century’

Lack of adequate policy guidelines and a funding source to deal with coastal erosion is emerging as the most difficult issue currently facing coastal councils. Most of the councils that nominated issues to be considered in the Coastal Issues Exchange at the 2015 Australian Coastal Councils Conference put coastal erosion at or near the top … Continue reading Coastal Erosion the ‘Major Coastal Issue of the Century’

Sharing the Cost of our Coastal Infrastructure

By Jon Hickman, Chair of the Victorian Coastal Council  Our parks and public places, our heritage buildings, and our coast and harbours make as much of a contribution to liveability in Australia as our roads, public transport, communications and other utility infrastructure. But while principles behind good financing arrangements for ‘hard’ and ‘natural’ infrastructure are … Continue reading Sharing the Cost of our Coastal Infrastructure