Managing our Coastal Environments

Coastal management is challenging as evidenced by the beach erosion in Stockton and in the Sydney and Central coast regions over the past decades. The factors contributing to the significant erosion of beaches in these areas are a complex interplay of marine processes, coastal landforms and built structures.

Most Australians live on or near our coast with urban growth, infrastructure development and recreational activity placing pressure on our coastlines. In the context of more extreme weather events associated with climate change, there is a need to ensure evidence-based approaches are applied to managing our coastlines. The experiences of the Stockton community over decades demonstrates the importance of having strong resident advocates working with scientists and policy makers to understand the problems of coastal erosion, its causes and solutions.

At our April meeting, the Newcastle Institute will present a panel of speakers on managing coastal environments with a focus on Stockton, and the problems of coastal erosion more broadly. Our speakers will include:

  • Associate Professor Ron Boyd, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, an expert in marine geology and a community member of City of Newcastle and NSW Government coastal management committees
  • Dr Michael Kinsela, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, coastal marine geoscientist with a focus on the coastal barrier-estuary systems
  • Willow Forsyth, a member of the Stockton community with extensive experience in private sector management and in community engagement

This is an opportunity to understand the science behind coastline management from experts in coastal erosion, as well as hear from community advocates and the importance of their roles in better management of our coastline.

When: Wednesday, 10th April 2024 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Where: Souths Merewether, Llewellyn St Merewether
Members entry is complimentary – we request a $10 donation from casual attendees.

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