Pre-Conference Workshop

“Connecting with Community for the benefit of the Coast and Catchment”

Date: Tuesday 29th October 2019
Location: Crowne Plaza Terrigal
Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Cost: Complimentary (limited places available and must register via conference registration form to attend)

The Coastal Management Act 2016 (CM Act) requires councils to consult with the community and stakeholders before adopting a coastal management program (CMP).  Experience indicates that, on particularly controversial coastal issues, typical consultation is incapable of delivering agreement and confidence about the way ahead.

Coastal management can be very complex and difficult. Residents, the wider community and other stakeholders may have quite diverse views and aspirations. People may fear a change to a loved way of life. The ‘things we value’ feel threatened. The science and engineering is complex and contested. Politics is never far away. Trust is often low.

In this situation the temptation for Council or State Government is to run a consultation process designed to minimise the risk of outrage, manage the message and process, and focus on ‘activist stakeholders’ with a loud voice.

Yet it is clear that the best, most sustainable and ‘owned’ coastal management outcomes arise when government and communities find a way to work across their differences, to value diverse inputs and problem solve together. This type of collaboration is difficult to be a part of, but a powerful process for creating change together.

This workshop will:

  • Draw on real cases and experiences
  • Put the complexity and controversy of coastal management into perspective, with some useful frameworks
  • Provide a simple but effective framework for collaboration
  • Provide tips on how collaborators can understand and work across ‘difference’
  • Examine common barriers to genuine collaboration;
  • Provide examples and case studies of successful engagement strategies;

Key Dates

Presenter Notification:
Friday 2nd August 2019
Presenter & Early Registration Deadline:
Friday 13th September 2019
Conference Dates:
30th October - 1st November 2019

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