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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

Climate Change Poses Increased Risk to Coastal Cities – UK Study

A study conducted by researchers at University College London has found that population growth in coastal areas can lead to major increases in exposure to extreme weather events. Professor Georgina Mace, who led the study, said governments around the world had failed to grasp the risk that rapidly growing populations in coastal cities face the … Continue reading Climate Change Poses Increased Risk to Coastal Cities – UK Study

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Powerful Alliance Formed To Promote Common Ground on Climate Change

An alliance of major business, union, environment, investor and social organisations has been formed with the objective of  ‘putting the climate policy debate on common ground and offering a way forward’. The alliance, called the Australian Climate Roundtable, includes The Australian Aluminium Council, The Australian Conservation Foundation, The Australian Council of Social Service, The ACTU, … Continue reading Powerful Alliance Formed To Promote Common Ground on Climate Change

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

Conference Delegates Call on Government to Retain Census

Delegates at the Australian Coastal Councils Conference at Cape Schanck adopted a Communiqué calling on the Australian Government “to retain the National Census in its existing form to ensure Australia’s councils have access to detailed demographic data which is essential for the future planning and resourcing of their communities.” The Communiqué was issued in response … Continue reading Conference Delegates Call on Government to Retain Census

New Report Warns Climate Change Will Hit Hard in Australia

The most comprehensive analysis of Australia’s future climate produced in the past decade warns that the nation could be headed for a rise in average temperature of 1.3°C by 2030 and between 2.8°C and 5.1°C by the year 2090. The Natural Resource Management report, prepared by the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology, notes that most … Continue reading New Report Warns Climate Change Will Hit Hard in Australia

Queensland Deputy Premier Orders Removal of Climate Change-derived Sea Level Rises from Council’s Regional Plan

Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has intervened to force the removal of all references to climate change-derived sea level rises from the regional plan of Moreton Bay Regional Council, a decision experts say could have wide ramifications. In a letter to the council dated November 28, Mr Seeney wrote: "I direct council to amend its … Continue reading Queensland Deputy Premier Orders Removal of Climate Change-derived Sea Level Rises from Council’s Regional Plan