In 2004, the inaugural Coast to Coast conference was held in Hobart. Fourteen years on, it returned to the city where it all began.
From April 16-20, Australia’s biennial national coastal management conference welcomed 250 delegates working in government, research, natural resource management, consultancy, community organisations and volunteer groups. This dynamic gathering of coastal carers delivered inspiring presentations, shared stories, and attended informative excursions and fruitful workshops. The conference provided a great opportunity to build and strengthen connections, and participate in great conversations.
NRM South was a supporter and sponsor of this event – with one of our Regional Landcare Facilitators on the conference organising committee, chairing sessions and hosting an information booth to showcase NRM South’s coastal projects including shorebird conservation, work at Ramsar sites and saltmarsh monitoring. NRM South also sponsored a Little Penguin workshop, and provided financial sponsorship to eight community coastcare volunteers to attend the conference.
Some of the big ideas discussed at the conference are summarised in the “Ten Guiding Principles for Coastal and Marine Management”. These guidelines reflect best practice in marine and coastal management and provide guideposts for marine and coastal practitioners in the development of comprehensive, inclusive, and sustainable responses to the challenges of managing Australia’s coasts and seas, and offer points of reflection in the review of policies, plans, and programs.