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Coffs Harbour is hosting Australia’s longest-running coastal management conference – the NSW Coastal Conference ​– from November 9-11.

The conference will bring together over 250 delegates from around Australia who are interested in, or working within, the field of coastal and estuary management research, education and service provision and policy. In addition there will be representatives from government, user groups and community volunteer organisations.

The forum, which is being held at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, will present new coastal research and coastal zone management initiatives that benefit governments, management agencies, industry and the broader NSW coastal community.

Among the keynote speakers will be the Honourable Rob Stokes, NSW Planning Minister who will address the conference on Friday, November 11.

“The recent series of East Coast Lows that wreaked such havoc on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and Coffs Harbour’s marina has really focused widespread attention on the challenges that all coastal communities – including Coffs Harbour - face in managing and adapting to the changes that nature can throw at us,” said Chris Chapman, Council’s Director Sustainable Communities.

Conference delegates will be given opportunities to network with politicians, scientists, academics, environmental managers and stakeholders on all aspects of coastal zone management and the major issues affecting coastal communities. The Conference will cover coastal reforms, management and planning, applying science, technology and innovation, ‘the social coast: communities, consultation and education’, connected coastal systems and East Coast Lows.

“This conference will bring together cutting edge research, new ways of managing coastal processes and renowned experts under one roof. It will be a very valuable opportunity for us all to share and learn,” added Mr Chapman.

The conference, which is also celebrating its 25th Anniversary, is sponsored by the NSW Government. This year also marks 25 years of the Solitary Islands Marine Park and the conference will be acknowledging and celebrating this milestone.