Coast Protection Board – sustaining SA’s coast through land-use planning reform

Mr Arron Broom1

1DEW, Adelaide, Australia

This presentation will focus on the Coast Protection Board’s (CPB) role in land use-planning, in the context of the SA Planning Reform currently underway. The SA Planning Reform is the most significant change to land use planning since the introduction of the Development Act 1993. The reform provides a significant opportunity for the CPB to help ensure important coastal matters are properly addressed in the new planning system under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016. This includes helping shape: State Planning Policies to advance the Coastal Environment as a key State interest; Planning and Design Code policy to guide development assessment along the coast; and statutory referral mechanisms to ensure development applications are referred to the CPB where necessary. The presentation will provide a point in time assessment of the planning reform to gauge how CPB functions and interests are faring; how well coastal planning policy has been translated thus far; what this might mean from a practical on-ground perspective; and where to from here.


Arron is Principal Coast Planner with the Coastal Management Branch, Climate Change Group, within the South Australian Department for Environment and Water. Arron leads a team of planners to ensure coastal issues are properly addressed by the State’s planning system. This includes a focus on the State planning reform, the Planning Strategy, the improvement of Development Plans, providing input to the assessment of major developments, providing advice to, and exercising the delegated authority of, the Coast Protection Board in its response to coastal development applications.

Gazania free gardens – a multi layered approach to engaging coastal communities to drive behaviour change

Mrs Caroline Taylor1, Ms  Shen Mann2

1Department for Environment And Water, Adelaide , Australia, 2Alexandrina Council, Goolwa, Australia

The flowering weed Gazania has long been a favourite plant for many coastal gardeners. Mainly as it is drought tolerant, has bright masses of coloured flowers, spreads readily and thrives on neglect. Which are all great qualities for being an invasive weed!

Many of the coastal dunes of the Fleurieu Peninsula are well populated with a range of gazania species with most coastal residents assuming that by the sheer volume of the plants they must be a native species.

This project motivated the urban population of two coastal towns to remove gazania from their gardens by educating the wider community that gazania plants are a declared weed, thereby making it socially unacceptable to have them in gardens. Previous attempts to engage local residents had limited success and did not tackle the problem across multiple properties. For this project a number of strategies were utilised concurrently to engage, educate and work towards eradication of gazanias from coastal gardens across coastal townships of Alexandrina Council.

This project was successful at a local level to connect with local residents whose gardens continued to reintroduce gazania seed and cutting materials through the dumping of garden waste into high-priority conservation areas. It also built on extensive conservation works undertaken by the project partners over the previous decade to remove gazanias throughout the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Region.

The project is a partnership between Alexandrina Council, Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning, Goolwa Coastcare, Alexandrina Community Nursery and Natural Resources Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges.


Caroline has worked for Natural Resources AMLR since 2005, initially working with community and school groups on coastal restoration projects before joining the Seascapes Team in February 2009. Having a strong background in on ground works and community capacity building and engagement, Caroline works with a range of coastal community groups and land managers to plan, prioritise and coordinate the Board’s coastal on-ground works across the region. Always looking for a new way to tackle the challenges facing our coastal areas there’s usually a new idea on the horizon on how we can engage the wider community to make positive change locally.

Shen has 15 years’ experience across the private, non-profit, federal and local government sectors as a lawyer, campaigner, policy adviser and project manager.  In her current role as Principal Strategy and Policy Officer at Alexandrina Council, Shen leads Council’s environmental sustainability, marketing & communications and strategic planning functions.  A Goolwa Beach local and a passionate believer in the power of people coming together to speak up and care for the places they love, Shen’s garden is proudly Gazania free!

Preparing for coastal flooding – supporting the community to help themselves and each other

Mrs Anna Pannell1

1URPS, Rose Park, Australia

Building the resilience of communities to cope with emergencies relies on individuals playing their part, knowing what they can do to prepare, respond and recover and how they can help each other.

URPS recently assisted Adelaide Plains Council in the preparation of a Community Emergency Management Plan that would help the Webb Beach community better understand and be better prepared for sea flood events. This project was not about telling the Webb Beach community how they should respond in emergency situations, but rather facilitating a process whereby the community comes up with their own ideas.

Webb Beach’s coastal location and low elevation mean it is at risk of being flooded.  Historic flood events caused by a combination of high tides and storm events have resulted in areas of the settlement and the causeway into Webb Beach being inundated.  Coastal flood risks at Webb Beach are projected to increase in frequency and extent as the climate changes and sea levels rise.

This presentation will describe how the project helped the community to help themselves and build their resilience to coastal flooding.


Anna is an environmental scientist, an experienced project manager and highly effective communicator. These complementary skills allow her to successfully bridge the gap between science, planning and stakeholder engagement for a wide range of strategic planning projects relating to climate change planning and natural resources management.

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