Field trips are included in full conference and Wednesday registration. Please select on your registration form which field trip option you would like to attend on Wednesday 1st June 2022. Field Trips will depart from the hotel at 1.30pm and return approximately 5.00pm. Afternoon tea is included and please note that numbers are limited per tour.

FT1: Kingscliff Coastal Management and Tweed Sand Bypassing

Join us on a short bus trip to Kingscliff Beach foreshore to discuss the reinvigoration of the public foreshore area following the erosion events of 2009-2012.

A combination of vertical-piled seawall (2010), stepped mass concrete wall (2018) and flexible rock seawall (1995 & 2018) provide protection for the foreshore and allowed for investment in public and Council managed holiday park facilities in this popular coastal town. The balancing of social, economic and environmental values for this major project will be discussed.

Back on the bus to head north to Fingal Head, where the recent historic event took place with the Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council being named Crown Land Manager of Fingal Headland.

We then visit the Tweed Sand Bypassing jetty, a joint initiative of the NSW and QLD Governments, which collects and transports sand from the northern most end of Letitia Spit, under the Tweed River and pumps it to outlets in Queensland to replenish the southern Gold Coast beaches and maintain a navigable entrance to the Tweed River.

FT2: Tweed River Cruise

This field trip will be hosted by Tweed Shire Council’s Waterways Program. You will board a charter vessel at the Tweed Marina and travel up the Tweed River estuary from the lower reaches to Murwillumbah past Stotts Island Nature Reserve, a remnant lowland rainforest on floodplain and associated wetland habitats. On route are a number of fish friendly road embankment erosion stabilisation works undertaken by Council. The estuary and floodplain setting will provide opportunities to discuss Acid Sulfate Soil management and sustainable agriculture, tidal inundation, recreational use, floodgate management and preparation of the Tweed River Coastal Management Program.

FT 3: Arakwal Cultural Tour

Much of Byron Shire lies in the Arakwal Jugun ‘Country’ within the Bundjalung Nation. It is home to the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land – the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Arakwal People. For the Arakwal People, the Byron coastal landscape is extremely important and holds a cultural story, including cultural connections along the coastal zone and beyond. Their relationship with this Country is more than just a place to live, it is the living, breathing source of all life, their spiritual home and home of their ancestors’ spirits.

This field trip will cover significant locations including Cape Byron Headland, the most easterly point of Australia and Tallow Creek, an estuary used by the Arakwal People as a refuge during European settlement and into the mid-20th century. the Arakwal People have a deep connection to the estuary, understand the changing nature of the system which continues to be an important resource providing sources of fish, crabs and shellfish.

Hear from local custodians about how to incorporate traditional knowledge and understanding in coastal planning and management to improve outcomes of Aboriginal People.

FT4: Beach walk from Cape Byron to Belongil Beach

Byron Shire’s coastal zone is renowned for its biological diversity and natural beauty. It is both a world-renowned tourist destination and an integral part of Byron Shire’s urban landscape. The iconic Cape Byron is a dominant feature of the coastline and is the eastern most point of mainland Australia with sweeping views to the north and south. Our coastline is part of the broader regional beach system extending from the Clarence River to Moreton Bay in Queensland.

Coastal processes are complex and dynamic. Due to Byron’s location, processes such as erosion and recession are occurring at a significant rate. The coastline is probably one of the most studied parts of eastern Australia, with five coastal plans prepared but not certified. Come take a walk with staff from Council and the Department who have intricate knowledge of the landscape, complexity of issues that face Byron and the contentious nature of coastal planning and management in this vocal community.

This tour will involve a small amount of walking.

Key Dates

Presenter & Early Registration:
Friday 1st April 2022
Full Paper Submission:
Friday 29th April 2022

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