26th Annual NSW Coastal Conference
8 - 10 November 2017, Shoal Bay Country Club, Port Stephens, NSW


The NSW Coastal Conference Committee invites you to participate in our 26th Annual NSW Coastal Conference, hosted this year by Port Stephens Council.

The theme for the 2017 Conference is "The Next Wave"

The theme of "The Next Wave", evokes the idea of potential, and new beginnings. We hit 2017 with a new legislative framework that promises to reshape the way we look after our coastal environments. We've chalked up 25 years of NSW coastal conferences and collectively possess considerable experience in managing coastal problems. It's now time to put it all into practice and make this next wave, if not the perfect ride, then as good as we can manage. We're always striving to be better, work smarter and implement everything we've learned – and the thing that binds us together is our love for the coast in all its forms. Doing it together is more fun, so we warmly invite you to join us on The Next Wave and make this year's conference the new high water mark in best practice coastal management.

The Conference

The NSW Coastal Conference has grown to become one of the most successful coastal industry events held in Australia. The conference will bring together over 250 delegates from a diverse range of fields, including: all aspects of coastal, estuarine and marine management, science and research, and education, planning, policy and law; and includes representatives from government, the private sector and community groups and the interested public.

The 26th Annual NSW Coastal Conference will be held in Port Stephens.

Past conferences have been held in Coffs Harbour (2016), Forster (2015), Shoalhaven (2014), Port Macquarie (2013), Kiama (2012), Tweed (2011), Batemans Bay (2010), Ballina (2009), Wollongong (2008), Yamba (2007), Coffs Harbour (2006) and Narooma (2005).

The conference is a three-day event which comprises of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, panel discussions, workshops. field trips (addressing some of the local coastal, estuary and marine management issues), networking events and the Annual NSW Coastal Management Awards.

Annual NSW Coastal Management Awards

The Annual NSW Coastal Management Awards are presented to publicly recognise and acknowledge the contributions of individuals, groups, organisations and agencies toward the ecologically sustainable management of the NSW coastal zone. The Awards will be presented on the evening of Thursday 9th November at the NSW Coastal Conference Dinner. Award finalists are encouraged to attend the Conference Dinner.

For further information on the 2017 Annual NSW Coastal Management Awards please contact Conference Managers or 02 6650 9800 if you have any further questions.