Your Invitation to Coast to Coast 2018, from 16th to 20th April 2018 in Hobart, Tasmania

‘Meeting on the Margin’

Welcome to the 14th Coast to Coast – Australia’s biennial national coastal management conference.

You are part of a large and diverse community of organisations and individuals involved in Australia’s coastal zone, or perhaps the coast of another nation. This conference is an essential part of your calendar whether you work in government, research, natural resource management, a community organisation or NGO, if you provide consultant services or represent a coastal industry.

In a period when many governments have to some extent retreated from this space, April 2018 in Hobart is an opportunity to take stock and reset the compass.  It is a time to re-energise, rejuvenate, re-engage, re-envision and rebuild the national coastal community.

We have designed Coast to Coast 2018 to encourage deep dialogue, inspiring presentations, rich stories, informative excursions, fruitful workshops, opportunities to strengthen connections and build new ones, and time for great conversations.

We encourage you to put the dates in your diary and register your interest through our website. We also invite you and your organisation to consider what you might contribute to the conference, for example by:

  • Registering yourself, and supporting other key staff to attend
  • Presenting a spoken paper or a poster (Abstracts now called), or other display,
  • Convening a workshop or discussion,
  • Showcasing your organisation’s or business’s work with an exhibition booth,
  • Chipping in to help support this important event as a Sponsor

We are all in this together. Please share the excitement and rising groundswell of interest and energy as we prepare to welcome you in Hobart in April 2018.

Chris Rees and Eric Woehler, co-convenors Coast to Coast 2018

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  • Eric Woehler
  • Chris Rees

Organising Committee members

  • Jill Jones
  • Jess Feehley
  • Chris Sharples
  • Marcus Haward
  • Karen Alexander
  • Heather Chong
  • Ruth Osborne

Invited Speakers

  • Christine Coughanowr
    Program Director, Derwent Estuary Program
  • Professor Gustaaf Hallegraeff
    Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania
  • Britta Denise Hardesty
    Principal Research Scientist for CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere
  • Raewyn Peart
    Policy Director, Environmental Defence Society, New Zealand
  • Gretta Pecl
    Director, Centre for Marine Socioecology & ARC Future Fellow, University of Tasmania

Coast to Coast 2018 will be a “bottled water free” conference and we will be encouraging a “plastic-free conference”. We would really appreciate your support with this during the conference as it is essential for the coastal community to lead the way.

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment

Welcome Reception Sponsor

The Tasmanian Climate Change Office

Coastal Hazard Management and Climate Adaptation at Coast to Coast 2018

Women and the Coast Sponsors

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Little Penguin Workshop Sponsor

Department of State Growth

Water Bottle Sponsor


Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart
1 Davey Street
Hobart Tas 7000

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Themes and topics

Even though we all tend to put our passion and effort into a particular aspect of the coastal and inshore agenda, we know that everything is connected. There is so much that is being worked on, even though the emphasis shifts and the priorities evolve.

  1. Working together
    Partnerships, collaboration, integration, governance, resourcing – challenges and solutions, ICZM, the RAC Inquiry recommendations 25 years on and the George Report. Lessons learned and future search – where to from now?
  2. The Changing Climate and Ocean
    Climate Change/Sea Level Rise as threats to natural coastal values and built infrastructure – adaptation and mitigation strategies and options; ocean warming and its effects on marine biodiversity, changed species distribution, introduced species including micro fauna and flora.
  3. Estuarine and Marine Environment/Sea Country
    Marine Protected Areas, estuarine and marine biodiversity, Sea and shorebirds and mammals.  Restoration sciences and their applications.  Research and monitoring, managing data and knowledge, Ecosystem Based Management (EBM). Sustainable fisheries and Aquaculture. Marine debris – including macroplastics to microplastics, oil and other spills – responses and rehabilitation
  4. Planning, Policy and Legal Frameworks
    Coastal planning, coastal use and development, infrastructure, tourism, urban growth, policy and law
  5. Land and Sea
    Natural Resource Management, catchment influences on estuaries and wetlands.  Water quality and wastewater management, the roles of Landcare and Coastcare. Indigenous coastal zone and Sea Country use and management, knowledge and understanding.
  6. Islands
    Management, conservation, ecology, biodiversity and biosecurity
  7. Science Knowledge, Education, Engagement and Awareness
    Science knowledge sharing between researchers and decision makers; raising skills, understanding, consciousness and engagement amongst decision makers, other players, communities, young people, ourselves
  8. The Next Generation
    Supporting, mentoring and developing leadership with the next generation of coastal managers, researchers, educators
  9. Art/culture/sense of place
    The coast as a source of inspiration, creative partnerships, engaging with the coast through art and culture, celebrations of the coast and waters, public art for awareness and connection, developing stewardship through art and culture, developing a sense of place with your coastal community.
  10. “Out of the box”
    Have your heard of TED, the organisation with the objective to spread ideas worth spreading from science to business to global issues? Do you have an idea that could change attitudes, lives, build knowledge, inspire people living and interacting with our coasts and oceans? If you have an idea worth spreading – something new, different, big small, this is the theme for you!

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.

Conference Managers

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