Coastal fusion

Miss Linda Durham1, Ms Kristy Watson2

1Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board, Eastwood, Australia, 2Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board, Eastwood, Australia

People living within the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges can’t get enough of Coast and Marine environments, they are thirsty for knowledge, they want practical advice and most of all they love to learn by being outdoors in these spectacular environments. Discover a diverse new range of coast and marine programs and workshops being delivered across the ALMR region. Learn how collaborations blossomed from these events and how young people have been inspired to dive in deep and learn more.


Linda Durham graduated from Flinders University in 2004 with a Bachelor in Environmental Management. Soon after Linda shot through to outback Queensland beginning her career in NRM as Local Government NRM & Invasive species officer based in Charleville.  A few years later Linda moved to the Gold Coast to take up a position as Community Partnership Manager, she enjoyed working across six catchments in terrestrial and aquatic environments, supporting and mobilising communities and developing meaningful partnerships. In 2015 Linda landed back in South Australia and commenced work with the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Natural Resource Management Board as a Coast and Marine Officer, she has held multiple roles however these days you are likely to find her out somewhere along the AMLR coastline raising awareness and providing learning opportunities for families and local communities. Linda enjoys outdoor recreation, yoga and really good food and wine.

Kristy Watson also graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. After a stint at the State Electoral Commission working in their research area she was lucky enough to get a job with the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Natural Resource Management Board as the Seascape Liaison Officer. One of her first tasks in this new role was to start up the Coastal Ambassadors Training Program. Since then she has worked with various community groups and organisations running workshops and supporting their important work.

Marine Park connections: creating ocean advocacy in community by blending Aboriginal culture and connection and traditional science and knowledge

Dr Shelley Paull1

1Department For Environment And Water, Port Lincoln, Australia

The ocean is our blue heart. We rely on it to survive.

But its taken for granted and in this increasingly disconnected world, how do we connect people back to the ocean, to protect and preserve it for future generations. How do we get people to care?

In Port Lincoln, South Australia, the traditional lands of the Barngarla people, the Marine Park Connections project was born.

By using a blend of Barngarla traditional culture, knowledge and science as well as natural history, ecology and relevance of the local area, students are creating their own connection with the local ocean and its having flow on effects into the wider community.

Students are taken on a field trip to their local marine park. They are led in cultural activities which connect them to the coastal sites visited. They sit, cook, eat, listen to stories, learn language and culture and make artwork.

They are also led by scientists and natural resource managers in scientific walk and talks and other activities, which showcase the diversity, endemism, threats and importance of that area.

They are immersed in that environment, they connect to it through knowledge and experience and that creates an individual connection to that place and the wider ocean.

These students are our future and we hope that by connecting with them in school will ensure they keep that connection into adult life, making every day decisions to protect the ocean.


Bio to come

Life is a beach: ensuring access to the beach for everyone

Miss Yvette Eglinton1

1Department For Environment And Water, Adelaide, Australia

Beaches are a huge part of Australia’s identity. They’re some of our most iconic locations and they also provide a range of health benefits, from relieving stress to boosting our immune system. A trip to the beach is something that many Australians take for granted. In the past beaches have not been accessible for everyone. Sure there are walkways along the edge of the beach but so often there are stairs to reach the sand, let alone accessible features that allow people with disabilities to enter the water.  Inclusion means being able to enjoy and partake in activities with your loved ones, and not be left sitting in the car park or on the footpath. But beaches are becoming destinations that really are for everyone, as councils across Australia have been taking more notice of the needs of everyone in the community during the warmer months of the year.

Accessible Beaches Australia is a volunteer-led organisation that has been the driving force behind the growth of beaches offering accessibility options. In 2016 they launched their campaign to improve access to beaches around the country.

This presentation will highlight the importance of making beaches accessible to everyone, will point out the key features which make a beach accessible and highlight the work being done to improve access to beaches and the marine environment with a focus on South Australia’s beaches.


Yvette Eglinton has been working for the Department for Environment and Water for 12 years in the marine parks group. She has used her knowledge and experience to help design and now evaluate the marine parks. In 2009 Yvette had a cycling accident in which she sustained a spinal cord injury. Yvette is passionate about improving access in South Australia’s parks. Since the end of 2017 Yvette joined a team of DEW staff to set about improving information and accessibility of parks as people with disabilities deserve the same rights to experience nature as those without a disability.

Coastal management strategy – Yorke Peninsula Council

Ms Letitia Dahl-helm1, Mrs Deborah Furbank1

1Yorke Peninsula Council, Maitland, Australia

The Yorke Peninsula coastal environment is highly regarded by the community. Because of this, coastal management was included in the Yorke Peninsula Council’s Strategic Plan under Strategy 3.7 – Develop and implement a Coastal Management Strategy.

Visitors, holiday home owners and residents are all attracted to the remote coastal environment, which provides a haven for families, anglers, surfers, divers, bushwalkers, cyclists and campers, amongst others. These nature-based tourism activities have been popular on the Yorke Peninsula for generations.

However, the Yorke Peninsula’s coastal environment is a sensitive ecosystem and there are increasing pressures from development, agriculture, tourism, fishing and recreation. There are many management issues that Council are required and wish to address.  A Coastal Management Strategy will provide direction to Council and other land managers/stakeholders by developing a framework for the future management of coastal Council land.

The development of the Strategy is a collaborative effort – the community is the main stakeholder and there are many who proactively manage coastal issues. The goodwill and community spirit of Yorke Peninsula people is also considered the region’s biggest asset, which has been greatly evident in the development of the Strategy to date.


Deborah Furbank has lived and worked on the Yorke Peninsula for the past 15 years and has a strong interest in the coastal environment. She has been involved in numerous community focussed conservation and rehabilitation projects on the peninsula, working for state and local government.  She is currently working on the development of the Coastal Management Strategy with the Yorke Peninsula Council. Also working as a Council Ranger she has the benefit of firsthand insight into the recreational use of the coastal environment.


Letitia Dahl-helm has 17 years of experience in the environmental sector and is Yorke Peninsula Council’s Environment Officer, a role she has been in since 2011. She has worked on a number of Council coastal projects as well as supporting community group projects. Like Deb, she has a strong passion for conserving Yorke Peninsula’s Council’s unique and remote coastal environment.

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