31st NSW Coastal Conference

6 – 8 November 2024, Batemans Bay, NSW

31st NSW Coastal Conference

6 – 8 November 2024, Batemans Bay, NSW

Hosted By

Eurobodalla Shire Council

Hosted by Eurobodalla Shire Council

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 May 2024
Presenter Notification: 5 July 2024
Presenter & Early Registration: 6 September 2024
Conference: 6 – 8 November 2024


The Conference will be held from 6 – 8 November 2024 at Bay Pavilions, Batemans Bay, NSW. Discover Eurobodalla – a land where ancient whispers of the Yuin Nation echo through the beauty of 83 beautiful beaches, 20 tranquil lakes and lush bushland.


The NSW Coastal Conference Committee invites you to participate in our 31st Annual NSW Coastal Conference, hosted by Eurobodalla Shire Council. The Conference will be held from 6 – 8 November 2024 at Bay Pavilions, Batemans Bay, NSW. A pre-conference workshop will be held on the 5 November.

Dynamic Coasts: Embracing the past, innovating for the future. This year’s conference theme emphasises the importance on learning from the past when looking to the future, incorporating both long-held and emerging knowledge into our vision for a beautiful, sustainable coast.

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 200 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.

Past conferences have been held in Newcastle (2023: Joint National Coast to Coast) Kingscliff (2022), Terrigal (2019), Merimbula (2018), Port Stephens (2017), 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, discussions, workshops. field trips (addressing some of the local coastal, estuary and marine management issues), networking events and the Annual NSW Coastal Management Awards.

NSW Coastal Conference Papers and Presentations


View and download past NSW Coastal Conference Papers and Presentations

Australian Coastal Society (ACS)

The ACS believes that a healthy and sustainable coastal environment is important for the majority of Australians. In order to achieve this, the ACS attempts to foster coastal stewardship by creating a well-informed independent voice for advice on coastal matters to governments and coastal managers.

The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) was initiated at the Coast to Coast Conference in Tasmania in 2004. The idea was floated as a means for those interested in coastal matters to communicate between conferences and where possible take resolutions of the conference to appropriate levels of government.

The idea was discussed further at the Coast to Coast Conference in Melbourne in 2006 and it was agreed that Bruce Thom develop a constitution of a company limited by guarantee that would operate on a national basis.

Australian Coastal Society (ACS)

Greenfleet JBP

The 2024 NSW Coastal Conference is proud to announce JBP Pacific will be partnering with Greenfleet to take climate action and offset our carbon emissions through native reforestation as the Carbon Offset Sponsor.

Greenfleet is a leading not-for-profit environmental organisation committed to protecting our climate by restoring our forests. Greenfleet plants native biodiverse forests to capture carbon emissions and help fight the impacts of climate change. Since 1997, Greenfleet has planted over 10 million trees across over 500 forests in Australia and New Zealand. As they grow, Greenfleet forests absorb carbon emissions, improve soil and water quality, and restore habitat for native wildlife, including many endangered species. Greenfleet forests are also legally protected for up to 100 years, ensuring they can grow for future generations. Through practical climate action, Greenfleet is growing hope for our climate.

Learn more at: www.greenfleet.org.au

2024 NSW Coastal Management Awards

The Annual NSW Coastal Management Awards are presented each year 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 7 November 2024 at the NSW Coastal Conference Dinner. Award finalists are encouraged to attend the Conference Dinner.

The Award Categories Include

  • Ruth Readford Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • Innovation
  • Community Involvement
  • Local Government
  • The Emeritus Professor Bruce Thom AM Student Research
  • Public Good Award
  • Local Hero Award

For further information on the 2024 NSW Coastal Management Awards, please download the award information and guidelines document and complete and submit your award entry form. Please contact amy@eastcoastconferences.com.au or 02 6650 9800 if you have any further questions. 

Entries close Monday 9th October 2024.

1. Download Award Information and Guidelines (PDF)
2. Complete the Award Entry Form (MS Word)
3. Upload the Award Entry Form using the form below

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Contact Us

For further information regarding the 2024 NSW Coastal Conference please contact:

ECC Conference Managers

Conference Managers: East Coast Conferences
Amy McIntosh, Jayne Hindle, Jasmine Durbidge
Phone: (61-2) 6650 9800
Mobile: 0408 220 188
Postal: PO Box 848,
Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450 Australia
Email: amy@eastcoastconferences.com.au
ABN: 56 515 955 798 (East Coast Conferences)


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