2019 Victorian Marine & Coastal Forum - building partnerships for our future.  13-14 June, Melbourne.

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The two-day Victorian Marine and Coastal Forum, held at the Crown Conference Centre on 13-14 June 2019, brought together more than 240 people from across Victoria to explore three key marine and coastal themes:

  1. ​Partnerships and participation
  2. Policy - the next wave
  3. Risks, challenges and opportunities.

Secretary John Bradley opened the forum, while keynote speaker Susan Alberti AC spoke of her years of working with the community, including her role as Deputy Chair of Volunteering Australia.

Attendees heard from marine and coastal volunteers, managers and practitioners about their experiences and challenges while working in the sector through various presentations, workshops and open space sessions.

Day two of the forum featured presentations from Traditional Owners and six workshops, allowing delegates to learn from others in the sector about opportunities and challenges experienced in marine and coastal management.

The forum culminated in a Q&A panel that explored how collaboration could help solve marine and coastal challenges in the face of climate change.

The gathering of coastal and marine managers and researchers, community members and volunteers highlighted the depth of people working to solve current and future marine and coastal challenges.

The diverse range of attendees, brought together by their interest in marine and coastal issues, allowed for some great opportunities to build relationships, collaborate and share knowledge.

The forum was hosted by DELWP with the support of the Victorian Marine and Coastal Council and Coastcare Victoria.

Title Presenters
1. Future directions and the Marine and Coastal Act (PDF, 2.9 MB)Rebecca Price and Rohan Snartt - DELWP
5. Framing Coastal Conservation Groups as Communities of Practice (PDF, 990.7 KB) Julian Reid - Central Queensland University
7. Integrated Catchment and Coastal Management: The BCN Model That Works (PDF, 35.0 MB)Matt Crawley - Bellarine Catchment Network
8. Shifting Sands: The Changing Nature of Environmental Collaborations and Partnership Building (PDF, 2.7 MB)Neil Blake - Port Phillip EcoCentre
9. Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program (PDF, 11.9 MB)Blake Allan - Deakin University
10. Inverloch Coastal Resilience Project (PDF, 11.9 MB)Phillip Heath - South Gippsland Conservation Society
11. Partners Responding to Coastal Erosion at Inverloch Surf Beach (PDF, 4.2 MB)Derek Hibbert - Bass Coast Shire Council
12. Natural Coastal Protection Systems (PDF, 6.2 MB)Beth Strain - National Centre for Coasts and Climate, University of Melbourne
14. Mapping Ocean Wealth: Valuing Australia's Coastal Wetlands (PDF, 6.9 MB)Paul Carnell - Blue Carbon Lab, Deakin University
15. Marine Spatial Planning: Designing a Framework for Victoria (PDF, 2.0 MB)Nicola Waldron - DELWP
16. What Are Our Wader Studies Telling Us? (PDF, 11.0 MB) Roger Standen - Victorian Wader Study Group Inc
17. Responding to Cetacean Entanglements: History and Lessons from 2018 in Portland, Victoria (PDF, 7.2 MB) Ian Westhorpe - DELWP
19. Coast Guardian Program: Engaging, Educating and Skilling Up Our Young Coastal Stewards (PDF, 8.6 MB)Hilary Bouma - Great Ocean Road Coast Committee
22. Portland Coastal Stability Assessment - Risks Management (PDF, 1.6 MB)Malcolm Armstrong - Glenelg Shire Council
23. A Living Shoreline Approach To Building Coastal Resilience - Artificial Reef (PDF, 4.6 MB)Ralph Roob - City of Greater Geelong
24. Beach Profiling: Knowing What is 'Normal' Helps Detect Abnormal (PDF, 8.6 MB)David Bills-Thompson - Port Fairy Coastal Group
25. Managing Wadawurrung Cultural Heritage on the Coast (PDF, 12.5 MB)Wadawurrung
27. Communities and Tides Are Shaping The Future of The Queensland Coastline (PDF, 10.7 MB)Elisa Zavadil - Alluvium
28. Share Our Shores: Respect, Responsibilities and Rights (PDF, 2.7 MB)Maddie Glynn - Barwon Coast Committee of Management
Keynote 2 - Leveraging Partnerships To Build Knowledge (PDF, 5.2 MB)Daniel Ierodiaconou - DELWP and Deakin University
Plenary Presentation - The Changing Nature of Marine Life in the Gippsland Lakes (PDF, 13.1 MB)Don Love - Friends of Beware Reef
Workshop 2 - Risk Management Essentials: Tools for Coastal Managers and Volunteers (PDF, 1.8 MB)Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA)
Workshop 3 - Litter Watch and Beach Patrol Program: Using Phone Apps to Record Litter Data (PDF, 4.5 MB)Kimberly Macdonald - Beach Patrol Australia and Litter Watch
Workshop 4 - How to Design Quality Projects: Keeping Both 'Citizen' and 'Science' in Citizen Science (PDF, 2.1 MB)Fam Charko - Port Phillip EcoCentre
Workshop 6 - Passion, Purpose and Persistence: Creative Forward Thinking For Volunteers (PDF, 1.2 MB)Barbara Jakob - EnviroKids and volunteer networks
Workshop 7 - DELWP's Committee of Management Kiosk: Opportunities on Risk, Partnerships, Participation and Outcomes (PDF, 1.1 MB)Michael Black - DELWP

If you have any questions, please email marine.coasts@delwp.vic.gov.au.

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