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
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.