The Australian Coastal Councils Conference is a highlight of the year for coastal planners, decision-makers and government agencies involved in coastal planning and management. The 2018 conference program will feature topics of relevance to all coastal stakeholders, including:

  • The positive contribution planning can make to prepare coastal communities for change in the 21st century;
  • The importance of character and sense of place to coastal residents;
  • New ways of estimating temporary populations in coastal communities; and
  • A new Great Ocean Road Taskforce prepares to boost visitor numbers and investment in the local coastal economy.


Host council

The City of Greater Geelong is Victoria’s major provincial centre and features 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.

Geelong’s location on the shores of Corio Bay is ideally situated for the 2018 Australian Coastal Councils Conference, with ready access to the world-famous Great Ocean Road and the wine-growing region of the Bellarine Peninsula. The conference venue is the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, in the city’s waterfront precinct, which is within easy walking distance of local accommodation facilities.