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Biderap Dry Season [Jan-Feb]

Hot, dry weather. High temperatures and low rainfall.  Female Common Brown butterflies are flying.

Bowat (tussock-grass) is long and dry.

The Southern Cross is high in the south at sunrise.

Seven Seasons of the Kulin People

Artist - Karina H McInnes
Source - Museum Victoria

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Future Coasts - June 2010 Bulletin

Future Coasts is a Victorian Government program to assess the physical vulnerability of Victoria’s coast to climate change, and develop strategies to help communities, industry and the environment adapt. For more information about Future Coasts visit www.climatechange.vic.gov.au/futurecoasts

1. Victorian Coastal Climate Change Hazard Guidelines

The Future Coasts Program is working with a team of specialist consultancies to develop the Victorian Coastal Climate Change Hazard Guidelines. The guidelines will provide consistent methodologies and approaches to assist coastal managers and other decision-makers to plan for and manage coastal hazards and the impacts of climate change. The guidelines are due to be finalised in late 2010. The project is drawing on a reference group that comprises representatives from local government, Catchment Management Authorities, coastal committees of management, coastal engineering and planning consultants, regional coastal boards, and various state departments. Over the next three months, the draft guidelines will be refined as a result of user-group testing, and a consultation with the reference group and other interested stakeholders.

A project summary document is available at www.climatechange.vic.gov.au/futurecoasts

2. Victorian State-wide Coastal Climate Change Assessment

The Future Coasts team held focus groups during April to gain feedback on one of the major components of the Future Coasts Program – The Victorian State-wide Coastal Climate Change Assessment. The focus groups were held in Sale, Geelong and Melbourne.

The assessment has been developed to identify the potential impacts of sea level rise and storms along the entire Victorian coast. The work highlights areas that may become inundated by coastal waters, and identifies areas of stability and instability – based on coastal landform and geomorphic processes.

The assessment builds on the Australian Government’s first pass assessment of coastal vulnerability to climate change, which was released in November 2009. The Victorian assessment offers a greater level of detail and accuracy, and is designed to inform strategic planning and coastal management at the state and regional scale.

A temporary web-based demonstration site was set up for the focus groups. This provided coastal managers a chance to view preliminary examples of the state-wide assessment; discuss how it had been developed; what the assessment showed and how it could be used to improve coastal decisions. In particular, participants found it important to understand the technical assumptions and limitations of the state-wide assessment.

The focus groups gave the Future Coasts team a lot of valuable feedback on how the state-wide assessment should be applied, and the guidance that is needed by coastal land managers to use the assessment in their work. The assessment is currently being processed and quality assured to improve the integrity and usability of the dataset.

3. Introducing the Coastal Asset Database project

A project is now underway to develop a Coastal Asset Database (CAD) for Victoria -as part of the Future Coasts Program.

The CAD will be a central database to hold a range of coastal asset information, and be accessible to practitioners primarily from state government, regional organisations and local councils. It will provide a more comprehensive and efficient way to support the future management of coastal land and coastal assets that are at risk from seal level rise with a focus on coastal inundation and erosion. At present, coastal asset information is often difficult to access, as it is held in a number of databases across many organisations.

The CAD will be designed for coastal land managers to view and interrogate a series of spatial data layers, to assist them in their planning and decision making process. It aims to include information about buildings and infrastructure on public and private coastal land, as well as ecological and heritage assets. However, this depends on the availability of data and the data sharing agreements that are put in place with data custodians.

In coming months, the CAD project will work with key coastal stakeholders to identify and collate key asset datasets. The initial collation of coastal asset data from existing sources will help identify key asset information that is missing or not available, and determine the future ways to fill those gaps.

4. Events

Coast to Coast Conference' 20–24 September, Adelaide

This event is held every two years to share knowledge and experiences on management, science, policy and governance related to the
coastal, estuarine and marine environments. This year features four themes:

  1. Preparing for Change
  2. Integration and Partnerships
  3. Coastal, Estuarine and Marine Biodiversity; responses to a changing environment
  4. Role of Information Technology in taking Action

http://www.coast2coast.org.au/

Practical Responses to Climate Change 2010, 29 September–1 October 2010, Melbourne

The National Committee on Water Engineering (NCWE) conference will provide a forum for presenting responses to climate change with four streams:

  1. Coasts & Estuaries
  2. Water Resources
  3. Catchments, Floodplains & Waterways
  4. Planning and Policy

http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/events/co nferences/en/conferences_home.cfm

 

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Whale Watch

There are many whales seen in our area but few sightings are formally recorded - so there is no evidence of these. So, if you see a whale, please:

- Take a photo and/or note the fin and tail shape, plus any markings

- Note the time/day/location

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    Our Hoodies

    Hooded PloversWe have two valuable Hooded Plover breeding sites at Undertow Bay and 2nd Surf Beach.  Hoodies are endangered species with breeding success currently very low.  To protect them you must:

      - Read and follow signage

      - Only observe them from a distance of 80-100m

      - Keep your dog on a lead and well away from the birds.

          To find out more about our Hoodies, click here