Tasmanian coastal managers are currently flicking through the pages of the state’s first manual specifically tailored to Tasmanian coastal management, in order to better understand the latest sustainable practices.
Jocelyn Phillips and Kathy Noble from the Coastal Unit in the EPA Division have spent the past few weeks running and organising workshops in Hobart, Launceston, Swansea and St Helens as they spread the word about the Tasmanian Coastal Works Manual.
The Coastal Unit sought funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program and published the Tasmanian Coastal Works Manual late last year – a publication which showcases best practice techniques, tools and advice for local coastal managers.
This is the first time Tasmania has had its own coastal manual tailored to Tasmanian coastal erosion, complete with case studies and photographs. The manual covers a wide range of subjects and includes guidelines and a checklist. The aim is to increase knowledge and awareness on a wide range of coastal land management issues to ensure that future work undertaken on fragile coastal areas will have minimal impact on environmental values.
The hour-long talks are a chance for Kathy and Jocelyn to explain the manual, answer any questions and hand over hard copies. They also allow the Coastal Unit to meet people intending to use the manual as part of their day-to-day work.
"The manual highlights the latest practices in sustainable management for Tasmania’s coastline and is a comprehensive tool for parks and reserves managers, engineers, planners, field officers, NRM officers and work crews," Kathy said.
"We hope the manual will encourage more consistent use of best practice management techniques; and improve the resilience of Tasmania’s coastline to sustain future effects of climate change and sea level rise. The workshops are a chance for us to meet coastal managers and hear their feedback as we explain what the manual is and how best to use it."
Next stop on Kathy and Jocelyn’s tour are workshops in Ulverstone, Queenstown and Burnie.
"Overall, we have been really pleased with the turnout and the positive responses from those who have taken the time to come along to learn more about the manual," Jocelyn said.
"Several great ideas have stemmed from the talks including the importance of not losing momentum with the manual, offering the service on a CD and having a regional delivery process with NRM regions and the Parks and Wildlife Service at least once a year."
"We have also had a lot of positive feedback about how we reach training providers such as people at the polytechnics etc."
"This is very much a living document and we are open to being advised on it. We really welcome review and we want to hear feedback," Kathy said.
Manual topics cover the broad spectrum of coastal land management activities and include 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 manual is to free to download online and is available on the EPA Division website
Hard copies can be ordered in for each. The Coastal Unit is taking orders in batches of 10 and any enquiries can be made to the Coastal Unit in the EPA Division via email: Kathy.Noble@environment.tas.gov.au or by phoning (03) 6336 2350.