New Disaster Funding Arrangements Scheduled for July Next Year

New disaster funding arrangements are set to take effect nationally from 1 July, 2018, according to a senior official of the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department. Ms Elizabeth Quinn, Assistant Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Disaster Resilience Strategy Branch, provided the update in response to inquiries about the current status of recommendations of the Productivity Commission inquiry … Continue reading New Disaster Funding Arrangements Scheduled for July Next Year

CoastAdapt on-line tool to manage climate risks now ‘live’

A beta version of CoastAdapt – an on-line tool designed to assist d ecision-makers to manage risks associated with climate change – has been launched on a trial basis and is now ‘live’ The tool has been developed by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) and incorporates input from 700 coastal decision-makers, practitioners … Continue reading CoastAdapt on-line tool to manage climate risks now ‘live’

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Commonwealth funds research project to curb shark attacks

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has announced a $23.9 million research project which is aimed at reducing the risk of shark attacks. Minister Hunt said the project, headed by a research team at the University of Tasmania, will develop a national population assessment of great white sharks and examine initiatives to mitigate the risk of shark … Continue reading Commonwealth funds research project to curb shark attacks

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

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$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

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

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