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The purpose of this section is to provide quick and useful links to relevant sites relating to coastal zone management.  The list will be regularly updated and maintained. It is by no means comprehensive, but provides a starting point for answering many questions  you may have.  Bookmark this page or add it to your favourites in your web browser for quick access.

1. Coastal Engineering in Australia

  • The Engineers Australia, National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering web site includes relevant contact information and freely downloadable copies of NCCOE publications on coastal engineering and climate change.
  • The Australasian Coasts and Ports conference series is the premier Australian Coastal and Ocean Engineering conference. Coasts and Ports 2011 is to be held in Perth Western Australia in November 2011. Coasts & Ports 2009 was held in Wellington New Zealand in September 2009.

2. NSW Government Coastal Zone Management

  • The Manly Hydraulics Laboratory is a business unit within the NSW Department of Service, Technology and Administration and collects and archives coastal process data for NSW. The site provides real time access to wave data along the NSW coast.
  • The NSW Coastline Management Manual is available in PDF format through the web site of the Australian Government  Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. The manual is currently under review by the NSW Government as part of a package of coastal reforms announced in November 2009.
  • The NSW Coastal Policy 1997 can be downloaded as 2 PDF files from the NSW Department of Planning web site.
  • The NSW Department of Planning (DOP) is responsible for regional and state coastal planning in NSW. They work closely through local government, providing the overall planning framework.
  • The NSW Department of Environment Climate Change and Water (DECCW) is responsible for ensuring that Coastal science and engineering advice is taken into account in the coastal management process.  They administer the Coastal Protection Act and manage the NSW Coastal Management Program, the NSW Estuary Management Program and the NSW Floodplain Management Program.
  • Coastal management in NSW was formalised through the adoption of the NSW Coastal Protection Act in 1979.   The NSW Government is currently considering a consultation draft Coastal Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 to amend the Act.

3. Climate Change

  • The latest reports (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  (IPCC) can be downloaded here. Information on the preparation of AR5 and other climate change information and news are available also.
  • The Commonwealth Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE) is directing research on climate change adaptation in Australia and has a range of research projects underway.  The National Coastal Risk Assessment and various fact sheets relating to Climate Change can be downloaded from this download link.

4. Coastal Zone Management

  • The Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) provides the Secretariat for the Intergovernmental Coastal Advisory Group (ICAG) which was charged with responsibility for developing the Integrated Coastal Zone  Management Framework and Plan for the Australian coast..


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