Monday 16 April 2018

Pre Conference Workshops

Little Penguin Workshop

Chancellor 6
Hotel Grand Chancellor

Coastal Hazards Management Workshops

Harbour View 2
Hotel Grand Chancellor

Sea Country Managers Workshop

Harbour View 1
Hotel Grand Chancellor

0900 – 1030 Workshop Session Workshop Session

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Introduction & Welcome

Sea-country IPAs: benefits and challenges?
Djelk Rangers & Anindilyaka Rangers

 1030 – 1100 Morning Tea
1100 – 1300

Workshop Session & Close


Department of State Growth


Workshop Session Sea-country management
Whitney Rassip, Girringun Mel Dulfer-Hyams, PEW20 years of IPAs – an important contributor to conservation and the reserve estate
Jackie Gould & Marcus StanfordManaging sea-country in marine reserves
Zoe Cozens
1300 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1600

Workshop Session

Tasmanian management activities and aspirations
Jarrod Edwards & Fiona Maher
Giving voice to the river
Jordan Smith & Karmen JoblingWorld heritage & coastal management
Denis Rose, Gunditj Mirring


1600 – 1900 

2018 Coast to Coast Conference Registration

Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor

1800 – 2000

Welcome Reception

Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor


Tuesday 17 April 2018


0700 – 0745

Yoga – Complimentary Yoga will be provided for delegates, please bring your own mat if you can.

Harbour View 1, Hotel Grand Chancellor

0745 – 1800 Registration
Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session 1

Session Chair Chris Rees
0845 – 0850

Welcome to Country

Alison Overeem

0850 – 0910 Official Conference Opening
0910 – 0940

Conflict to Collaboration: New Zealand’s coastal management journey

Raewyn Peart, Policy Director, Environmental Defence Society, New Zealand

0940 – 1010

Harmful Algal Blooms in Australian Coastal Waters: Surprises from climate change?

Gustaaf Hallegraeff, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania

1010 – 1040

Coasts, capital and climate change: Harnessing private investment for coastal adaptation and resilience

Zsusza Banhalmi-Zakar, Lecturer in Corporate Environmental Management, College of Science and Engineering,
James Cook University

1040 – 1110 Morning Tea
Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 1
Climate Adaptation


Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 2
Marine Science


Grand Ballroom 3

Concurrent Session 3
Community Science


Harbour View 1

Concurrent Session 4
Communications & Reporting

Session Chair Chris Rees Chris Sharples Jess Feehley
1110 – 1130

CoastAdapt in action – How CoastAdapt is being used to support climate change adaptation in Australia

David Rissik

The Intertidal Extents Model (ITEM) v2.0 – Modelling the intertidal extent and topography of Australia’s coastline and reefs

Dr Stephen Sagar

Combining education, citizen science and dune restoration programs as a model for effective coastal community engagement

Maggie Muurmans

Re-designing communications in coastal management – an innovative new approach using Tweed Sand Bypassing as a case study

Catherine Kerr

1130 – 1150

Tasmania’s future climate-related risks: are you managing your corporate liability?

Dr Tom Remenyi

Marine acoustic mapping of turbid, macro-tidal coastal environments – a large-scale example from tropical northern Australia

Dr Rachel Nanson

Social licence and citizen science: Potential and progress

Rachel Kelly

Communicating the coast: Thoughts from communication, media and journalism

Dr Kerrie Foxwell-Norton

1150 – 1210  Panel Discussion

  • Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar
  • David Rissik
  • Tom Remenyi

Toward national coastal water quality forecasts in Australia

Dr Emlyn Jones


Community conservation in the upstream catchment of the Hunter Estuary Ramsar Site

Louise Duff

State and Benefit: Emerging Trends in Environmental Reporting

Dr Scott Rawlings

1210 – 1230

Response of the coastal plankton community of south-eastern Tasmania through the 2015/16 MHW event and beyond

Rhian Evans

Optimising dune restoration through the power of citizen science

James Gullison

Beyond the night sky?Climate change communication in a Queensland coastal town

Dr Kerrie Foxwell-Norton


 1230 – 1250

IMOS National Reference Station Network – a platform for collaboration, integration and partnerships

Tim Moltmann

Presentation PDF

EstuaryWatchers breaking new ground, a collaboration between Universities and citizen scientists

Rose Herben

Serial Procrastination – How to avoid policy progress

Rob Croshwaite

 1250 – 1310

Calculating sediment contributions from highly modified catchments to a tidal inlet – Broadwater, Gold Coast, Australia

Jemma Purandare

Governments and community working together on the SA Catchment to Coast project focusing on water quality improvement across urban Adelaide, 2013 to 2017

Linda-Marie McDowell

1310 – 1430 Lunch
Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 5
Climate Adaptation

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 6
Marine Science

Grand Ballroom 3

Concurrent Session 7
Community Science

Harbour View 1

Concurrent Session 8

Session Chair Jess Feehley Eric Woehler Marcus Haward Christine Coughanowr
1430 – 1450

Economics for practical adaptation decision making

Martijn Gough

Australian shellfish habitats: past distribution, current status and future direction

Dr Chris Gillies

Extending capacity to monitor marine biodiversity without sacrificing detail: targeted participation citizen science

Dr Rick Stuart-Smith

Exploring different approaches to estuary management in Australia and New Zealand

Jaclyne Scally

Presentation PDF

1450 – 1510

Protection of coastal properties: Policies and actions

Professor Nick Harvey

Presentation PDF

Pioneering shellfish reef restoration in Australia

Simon Branigan

Marine Pests – Be Part of the Solution not the Problem

Mark Rodrigue

Cleaning up an old port – what does success look like?

Peter Pfennig

1510 – 1530

Incorporating Coastal Hazard Assessment findings into Victorian Planning Schemes

Leigh Dennis

Presentation PDF

Beach Watch – community based coastal monitoring on the northern Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria

Nick Wynn

Presentation PDF

Working together to build an integrated forecasting system for the Patawalonga Lake

Daniel Rodger

1530 – 1600 Afternoon Tea
Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 9
Climate Adaptation

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 10
Marine Science

Grand Ballroom 3

Concurrent Session 11
ICZM Profession

Harbour View 1

Concurrent Session 12

Session Chair Chris Sharples Jill Jones Chris Rees Christine Coughanowr
1600 – 1620

The Witness King Tides project: the Problems Thereof

Dr John Hunter

Presentation PDF

The Blue Economy: Building disciplinary pathways and connections to ensure National Marine Science Plan impact

Indi Hodgson-Johnston

Deconstructing the coastal professional in Australia

Naomi Edwards

Nuisance Inundation at Selected South East Australian Estuary Sites

Dave Hanslow

1620 – 1640

Relocation: Why we never seem to get there

Allan Young

An extended survey method to determine plastic rubbish in Port Phillip Bay

Dr Ross Headifen

Presentation PDF

Innovation by design and teamwork in coastal management capacity building interventions

Dr Marcello Sano

Murder mysteries, life saving and the black ooze of the Merricks Creek estuary

Ross Hardie

1640 – 1700

Tasman Island weed eradication program

Dr Josephine Castillo

Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, Shoreline marine debris cleanup (Video presentation)

Iona Flett

STEM education and training at the CSIRO Marine National Facility

Dr Ben Arthur

Presentation PDF

Complexities of opening and closing the Gellibrand River estuary for water quality management

Amanda Shipp

1700 – 1800

Poster Session

Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

1800 – 2000

Women and the Coast Networking Event

Harbour View 2, Hotel Grand Chancellor

Globally, women are under-represented in leadership positions. Women are emerging from college degrees as significant percentages of graduates and they take up a significant percentage of our workforce. However, they are in the profound minority globally when it comes to executive decision-making roles, particularly in relation to science, technology, engineering and maths.
This networking cocktail event explores the theme of women leadership, delving into issues of diversity and equity in the practice of coastal management. We will hear stories from inspirational women working in this arena: Denise Hardesty, Principal Research Scientists, CSIRO Ocean & Atmosphere; Peta Leahy, President of the Australian Coastal Society & and Cassie O’Connor, leader of the Green Party in Tasmania.
This is not a women-only event. All are welcome.
Please register for this event during when registering for the conference, if you have already registered for the conference please log back into your record.

Wednesday 18 April 2018

0800 – 0830 Registration
Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Grand Ballroom 1

Marine and Coastal Guarantee

Grand Ballroom 3

Indigenous Coastal and Marine Management

0830 – 0900

Marine and Coastal Guarantee

Mark Rodrigue, Program Leader – Marine & Coasts, Parks Victoria

Ten guiding principles for Marine and Coastal Management

IPAs:  a good tool for coastal and marine management?

Sea-country case studies from around Australia

Panel of Aboriginal Rangers

  • Djelk
  • Anindilyakwa
  • Girringun
  • truwana
0900 – 0930

Facilitated discussion on Coastal Guarantee

Facilitated by Chris Rees

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 13
Climate Adaptation

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 14
Indigenous Management

Harbour View 1

Concurrent Session 15
Coastal NRM

Session Chair Chris Sharples Jess Feehley Eric Woehler
0930 – 0950

Finding the middle ground: Improving accessibility of technical coastal knowledge and advice

Phebe Bicknell

Sea Country Indigenous Protected Areas: growing Australia’s marine protected area estate through Indigenous-led collaborative governance of coastal and marine estates

Jackie Gould & Mel Dulfer-Hyams

Managing an artificial island for seabirds and shorebirds

Damian Moroney

0950 – 1010

Australasian differences in the perceptions of stakeholders to ecological engineering of coastal infrastructure

Karen Alexander

Aboriginal engagement in marine park conservation and management

Zoe Cozens

Coastal management for shorebirds in Tasmania: 3 case studies

Dr Eric Woehler

1010 – 1030

Changing tides, changing times: will our cities be climate ready?

Liz Johnstone

Management of coastal Aboriginal cultural heritage sites

Mr Ross Stanger

Coastal garden design workshop

Linda Durham

1030 – 1100 Morning Tea
Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
1100 – 1700

Choice of Field Excursions

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Please be ready to board the bus from the hotel entrance on Campbell Street at 11:00am sharp.

1900 – 2300 Conference Dinner
Federation Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Thursday 19 April 2018

0800 – 0900 Registration
Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Grand Ballroom

Plenary Session 3

Session Chair Chris Rees
0900 – 0930

Our plastics, our coastlines, our problems, our solutions

Britta Denise Hardesty, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Ocean & Atmosphere

0930 – 1000

Managing the Derwent Estuary: 20 years on – success factors, lessons learned and future challenges

Christine Coughanowr, Program Director, Derwent Estuary Program

1000 – 1030

Addressing climate-driven changes in marine systems requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science

Gretta Pecl, Director, Centre for Marine Socioecology & ARC Future Fellow, University of Tasmania

1030 – 1110 Morning Tea
Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 16
Planning & Policy

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 17
Climate Adaptation

Grand Ballroom 3

Concurrent Session 18
Salt marshes & Wetlands

Harbour View 1

Concurrent Session 19
Coastal Science & Monitoring

Session Chair Marcus Haward Chris Sharples Eric Woehler Jill Jones
1110 – 1130

Integrating catchment, coastal and marine management – the prime focus of Victoria’s new Act

Dr Geoffrey Wescott

Flood Risk Reports – helping local communities and businesses to understand property risks from coastal erosion, storm tide inundation and river floods in coastal areas

Dr Marcello Sano


Tipping points in saltmarshes – the scramble for high land

Peri Coleman

Presentation PDF

Going digital in coastal asset management

Pamela Wong

1130 – 1150

Looking to the Future: A new Marine and Coastal Management Act for Victoria

Jeremy Reiger

Coastal erosion protection strategies (private works on public land) – Yorke Peninsula

Arron Broom

Tidal Treasures of the Tamar: Community Saltmarsh Monitoring in Northern Tasmania

Megan Dykman

Presentation PDF

Tracking continental scale changes in mangrove extent using Digital Earth Australia

Dr Leo Lymburner

1150 – 1210

A fresh look at siting and design on the Victorian Coast

Liz Patterson

What will happen when the sea comes lapping? New insight into natural asset impacts from Sea Level Rise in Victoria

Dr Anthony Boxshall

Is there a case to be made for repairing our coastal saltmarsh wetlands through quantifying itinerant fish use?

Vishnu Prahalad

Insights into the extent and dynamics of key coastal habitat for threatened and migratory species in northern Australia from the Landsat archive

Dr Brendan Brooke

1210 – 1230

Twenty-five years on: Where to with Australian Coastal Policy?

Professor Marcus Haward

Ridges, spits, crocs, floods and communities – coastal adaptation in tropical north Queensland

Dr Elisa Zavadil


Connecting community and industry stakeholders to collaborate and conduct the first extensive marine debris clean-up at Macquarie Harbour, Strahan

Anna Wind

Climatic resilience of coastal dune vegetation

Dr Teresa Konlechner

1230 – 1250

From Marine Policy to Law: A case for coastal zone decision-making with community participation by right

Lisa Uffman-Kirsch

City of Clarence’s Adaptation Pathway

Phil Watson

Environmental Geophysics for Coastal Management

Paul Donaldson

1250 – 1310

The status of coastal planning in WA

Dr Garry Middle

Hobart Coastal Heritage Study – History, heritage and analysis of risk from sea level rise induced coastal change along the City Of Hobart coastline

Anne McConnell



Baseline performance testing and practical training for Swath Mapping Systems

Dr Douglas Bergersen


1310 – 1430 Lunch
Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 20
Planning & Policy

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 21
Climate Adaptation

Grand Ballroom 3

Concurrent Session 22

Harbour View 1

Concurrent Session 23
Connecting with the Coast

Session Chair Marcus Haward Phil Watson Chris Rees Ruth Osborne
1430 – 1450

Politics and the coast: Some reflections

Professor Bruce Thom

Coastal hazard assessments in Victoria

Viktor Brenners

Presentation PDF

Sustaining more than fish stocks: advances in holistic assessments of the human dimensions of Australian fisheries

Dr Emily Ogier

Celebrating The Big Punchbowl – An Art and Nature Collaboration

Margie Jenkin

1450 – 1510

Twenty years later: lessons for governance from Australia’s Oceans Policy process

Dr Joanna Vince


Planning opportunities for climate resilience in Brisbane: Learning from the City´s history of floods

Tomas Brage

Managing overabundant native marine species

Jonathon Stevenson

Summerama – Connecting People with the Coast

Belinda Atkins

1510 – 1530

Co-investment – Principles and Practice

Virginia Brook

The Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program – Development and Implementation

Lawrence Ferns

Presentation PDF

The influence of nudges on compliance behaviour in recreational fisheries: a laboratory experiment

Mary Mackay

Share our shores campaign

Maddie Glynn & Gary McPike

1530 – 1600 Afternoon Tea
Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 24
Coastal Processes

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 25
Climate Adaptation

Grand Ballroom 3

Concurrent Session 26

Harbour View 1

Concurrent Session 27
Poster Presentations 

Session Chair Katrina Graham Phil Watson Chris Rees Ruth Osborne 
1600 – 1620

Tweed sand bypassing: Building our sand transport information system

Kim Bowra

Camping ground, battle ground or just losing ground for coastal adaptation to climate change

Anne Leitch

Environmental Certification Schemes: a platform for responsible farming practices in Tasmanian salmon aquaculture

Dr Belinda Yaxley


15 minute presentations from poster authors

The success of waste campaigns and policies at reducing plastic waste into the marine environment

Kathryn Willis

Rescuing the saltmarsh in Duck Bay

Sue Jennings

Presentation PDF

An evaluation of the Coastal Ambassadors Course in South Australia

Mike Bossley

Presentation PDF

Bonorong Wildlife Rescue Service

Greg Irons

1620 – 1640

A numerical study on beach cross-shore profiles response to storms and sea level rise

Nghi Tran

Presentation PDF

The 2017 Gold Coast Beach Nourishment Project experience – Delivering an effective nourishment project through a multi-criteria framework

Gildas Colleter

Valuing mangroves and saltmarshes to improve economic, social and environmental outcomes

Dr Ian Cresswell

1640 – 1700

Evidence of stable and changing shoreline behaviours from Tasmania: early vs. late responders to sea-level rise?

Christopher Sharples

Our Coasts Under Pressure – A Kingborough Perspective

Jon Doole

Understanding recreational fishers and their attitudes to conservation in Western Australia

Asha McNeill

1730 – 2045

MONA (Optional activity)

The MR1 MONA Ferry will depart from Brooke St Pier at 1730.  Enjoy a private viewing of the MONA galleries and light refreshments served in the Void Bar.  The Ferry will return from MONA to Brooke St Pier at 2015.

Friday 20 April 2018

0700 – 0745

Yoga – Complimentary Yoga will be provided for delegates, please bring your own mat if you can.

Harbour View 1, Hotel Grand Chancellor

0800 – 0830 Registration
Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Grand Ballroom

Plenary session 4 –

Planning for a Blue Future – Key Points from the Recent International Salmon Conference In Tasmania

Session Chair Chris Rees
0830 – 0840

Introduction and background to the recent salmon conference

Chris Cater

0840 – 0900

Future Farming

Catriona Macleod

0900 – 0920


Jeff Ross

0920 – 0940


Caleb Gardner

0940 – 1000 General Panel Discussion
Short refreshment break

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 28
Coastal Science & Monitoring

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 29
Tasmanian Perspectives

Harbour View 1

Concurrent Session 30
Connecting with the Coast

Session Chair Eric Woehler Katrina Graham  Chris Sharples
1010 – 1030

How GIS can assist understanding spatial distributions of little penguin colonies and burrows

Dr Perviz Marker

Picturing coastal issues

Dr Garry Middle



The Derwent Estuary – what do the people of Hobart really think of it?

Ursula Taylor




1030 – 1050

Status and trends of resident shorebirds in Tasmania

Dr Eric Woehler



1050 – 1120 Morning Tea
Mezzanine, Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Grand Ballroom 1

Concurrent Session 31
Politics, Planning & Policy

Grand Ballroom 2

Concurrent Session 32
Coastal NRM

Harbour View 1

Concurrent Session 33
Connecting with the Coast

Session Chair Marcus Haward Chris Rees Katrina Graham
1120 – 1140

Strategic vision for coastal management in SA: missing in action?

Dr Beverley Clarke

Little Penguins, culverts and coastal construction

Dr Eric Woehler

Our connection to the coast and sea – how do we describe, understand and consider this special connection in coastal planning and management

Liz Patterson

1140 – 1200

“If it wasn’t for the politics we’d be fine” Why is ICZM so difficult?

Maree Fudge

Evaluating a new model for the integrated delivery of Reef water quality outcomes by the agricultural sector and NRM organisations in Queensland

Adam Knapp


Redefining community based on place attachment in a connected world

Dr Georgina Gurney

1200 – 1220

Regional collaboration for coastal managers undertaking coastal monitoring and involving communities in coastal adaptation planning and decision making in Peron Naturaliste region of Western Australia

Joanne Ludbrook

How Blue is NRM?

Tony Flaherty

The Power of Story – Albatross Island

Matthew Newton


1220 – 1240

Grand Ballroom

Closing Plenary

  • Coast to Coast 2018 – Overview and resolutions
  • Award Presentation, Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS) Prize, Awarded to the best interdisciplinary oral presentation by a student
  • Coast to Coast 2020
  • Conference close

Chris Rees & Eric Woehler



About the Association

The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) was initiated at the Coast to Coast Conference in Tasmania in 2004. The idea was floated as a means for those interested in coastal matters to communicate between conferences and where possible take resolutions of the conference to appropriate levels of government.

The idea was discussed further at the Coast to Coast Conference in Melbourne in 2006 and it was agreed that Bruce Thom develop a constitution of a company limited by guarantee that would operate on a national basis.

This plan was accomplished and in 2008 at the Coast to Coast Conference in Darwin the constitution was ratified and an Executive appointed. The company received charitable status in 2011.

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