4 September 2017 – The Association’s Committee of Management is pleased to announce the 2018 Australian Coastal Councils Conference is to be hosted by the City of Greater Geelong, Victoria’s second largest city, which is located an hour by road from the Melbourne CBD. The venue for the event, to be held from Wednesday 21 March to Friday 23 March 2018, is the new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.
Association Chair Barry Sammels said the submission by the City of Greater Geelong had been a very strong one. “The council had obviously given considerable thought to what would work best to create a great experience for delegates.
“The Geelong region provides a broad range of coastal case studies with numerous examples of coastal processes and impacts,” he said. “Another benefit is that all venues and accommodation are centrally located, within easy walking distance of each other.”
Barry Sammels said Geelong’s location on the shores of Corio Bay was ideally situated for the annual event. “The city’s waterfront precinct has been sensitively restored in recent years and incorporates historic buildings, such as the National Wool Museum, which reflect Geelong’s role as a major wool-shipping port from the mid 1800’s into the 20th Century,” he said.
“The City is Victoria’s major provincial centre and features ready access to the world-famous Great Ocean Road and the wine-growing region of the Bellarine Peninsula.”
He said: “Geelong is a lively commercial centre, with a newly-renovated central business district providing retail, restaurant and entertainment facilities which are comparable with those in any capital city. The city’s current population of almost 240,000, has increased more than 18% over the past 10 years.”
Barry Sammels said the Australian Coastal Councils Conference is a highlight of the year for elected representatives and officers of coastal councils and other coastal stakeholders. “Each year the event just gets better and better,” he said. “The feedback from the 2017 conference held at Redcliffe this year was the best we have ever received, with a number of delegates commenting it was the best conference they have ever attended.”
Further details of the conference program will be announced in the coming weeks. The Association will also shortly call for entries for the 2018 Australian Coastal Awards, which were established to acknowledge the achievement of individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the Australian coastal environment, settlements and sustainability.