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Research underway for new Tasmanian Coastal Manual

The Coastal and Marine Branch of the Environment Division in the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment will be producing a comprehensive information resource during the next 12 months.

The Tasmanian Coastal Manual: A best practice management guide for changing coastlines will provide information on the latest techniques for undertaking works and development in a sustainable manner to ensure the best possible outcome for the coastal environment.

Environment Division Project Officer in the Coastal and Marine Branch Leah Page says the manual will be an invaluable tool for coastal managers.

"These include parks and reserve managers, engineers and planners, other on-ground coastal managers, and works crew leaders," Leah says.

Topic areas for discussion include:

• Working in coastal environments
• Environment and natural value management
• Constructions for public access and amenities
• Working with the community
• Climate Change - adaptation and response

"We hope the manual will increase education and awareness of a wide range of coastal issues, including climate change and sea level rise, by coastal land managers," Leah says.

"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."

Over the next two months Leah and other members of the Coastal and Marine Branch will be making contact with technical experts to begin researching the content of the manual.

Leah is new to the Environment Division but is a familiar face to many, thanks to her time working with the Parks and Wildlife Service, Coastcare, the Southern Coastcare Association of Tasmania (SCAT) and as an environmental writing consultant.

"I have a passion for Tasmania’s coastal environment and I also enjoy writing so I am thrilled to be able to combine the two in this new position," Leah says.

If you would like to be involved or would like more information please contact Leah.

Email: leah.page@environment.tas.gov.au
Phone: 6233 3240
Mobile: 0438 454 260