Coasts and Climate Change Council

A Coasts and Climate Change Council was established in late 2009 to engage with communities and stakeholders and advise the Government on coastal adaptation issues and reform priorities. The Council provided a final report to Minister Combet in December 2011.

Terms of reference

  • Provide advice to the Minister and the Australian Government on the implications of coastal climate change for decision makers
  • Undertake professional stakeholder engagement activities to inform advice on national coastal climate change adaptation reform priorities
  • Raise awareness of coastal climate change adaptation issues


  • Professor Bruce Thom AM (Chair), Member, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists; Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney; President, Australian Coastal Society
  • Ms Sam Mostyn, Former Group Executive, Culture & Reputation at Insurance Australia Group
  • Professor Barbara Norman, Professor of Urban Planning, University of Canberra
  • Mayor Paddi Creevey OAM, Mayor of Mandurah City, Western Australia
  • Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch, Mayor of Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Councillor Genia McCaffery, President, Australian Local Government Association
  • Dr Andrew McCowan, Director of Water Technology Pty Ltd
  • Mr Andrew Beatty, Partner, Baker & McKenzie Lawyers, Sydney

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