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New works manual a guide to protect coastal values

A new manual highlighting the latest practices in sustainable management for Tasmania’s coastline was launched today.

The Manager of the EPA Division’s Coastal and Marine Branch, Chris Rees, said the Tasmanian Coastal Works Manual: A best practice management guide for changing coastlines will be a boon to all those involved in coastal management, including parks and reserves managers, engineers, planners and local government work crews.

"It is a comprehensive tool for coastal managers providing best practice information and checklists," Mr Rees said.

"It brings together advice from coastal experts from around Australia ensuring future work undertaken on our fragile coastline will have minimal impact on environmental values.

"Coastal management across Tasmania is undertaken by various land managers with different levels of resources, knowledge and capacity.

"The manual aims to increase knowledge and awareness of a wide range of coastal issues, including climate change and sea level rise."

Mr Rees said it will also encourage more consistent use of best practice management techniques and improve the resilience of the coastline to sustain future effects of climate change and sea level rise.

Manual topics cover the broad spectrum of coastal land management activities and include cultural and Aboriginal heritage management, vegetation management, maintenance of facilities, coastal roads, access-ways and tracks, climate change and sea level rise adaptation and response, working with the community, coastal processes and geomorphology, and protection of wildlife.

The launch at the Kingston Beach Sailing Club was attended by representatives of stakeholder organisations who contributed information and advice for the production of the manual.

Birds Tasmania president Dr Eric Woehler said a lot of people had a great affinity with the coast and wanted to do the right thing by it.

"They want to get rid of invasive weeds but are aware of the impact that this might have," he said.

"Now they can refer to manual which highlights how they can do the work without impacting on birds and other shoreline wildlife."

The Tasmanian Coastal Works Manual: A best practice management guide for changing coastlines was produced by the Coastal and Marine Branch of the EPA Division in the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, with funding support from the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country Program.

Mr Rees congratulated project officer Leah Page, branch colleagues Kathy Noble, Jocelyn Phillips and Kristy Blackburn and the manual steering committee for their work on the publication.

Tribute was also paid to the late Veronica Thorp who produced the manual draft.

The manual is available as a free online resource for download here.