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

Government Announces Census to be Retained

The Federal Government has confirmed the 2016 national Census will go ahead as planned and that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will receive an additional $250 million in the budget for an urgent computer upgrade. The announcement follows reports that the Census was going to be scrapped in its existing form and replaced with … Continue reading Government Announces Census to be Retained

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

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

More coastal seats now marginal – Taskforce Chair

The Chair of the National Sea Change Taskforce, Barry Sammels, told members at the 2014 Annual General Meeting that continuing population growth along the coast means there are an increasing number of coastal electorates categorized as being ‘marginal’. The AGM was held at Parliament House Canberra on 3 September. He said the Taskforce had analysed … Continue reading More coastal seats now marginal – Taskforce Chair

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

Peak Coastal Groups Join Forces for Election Campaign

Australia’s peak coastal groups have joined forces to campaign for a national coastal policy in the lead up to the Federal election. The Australian Coastal Advocacy Alliance has been formed by the Association of Bayside Municipalities (Victoria); Australian Coastal Society; National Sea Change Taskforce; Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective; Surf Life Saving Australia; Surfrider Foundation Australia … Continue reading Peak Coastal Groups Join Forces for Election Campaign