With the commencement of a new Marine and Coastal Act in Victoria in 2018, new opportunities and challenges arise for how multidisciplinary professionals (including engineers) can enable the kinds of strategic adaptation and planning needed in the marine and coastal environment. Our invited speakers for this seminar will discuss some of this challenges and opportunities from the policy, science and engineering perspectives.
For example, this new legislative framework embeds the need to take into account the impacts of climate change in planning along our coasts and in our marine environment. What solutions exist to enable communities to adapt to a new climate reality? New longitudinal data shows what Victorian’s perceive as important for the focus of decision-makers. What role do engineers and other practitioners play in framing the questions, challenges and solutions to living in sympathy with our coastal assets? While introducing the new Act, framework, policy and Ministerial advisory Council, Dr Anthony Boxshall will focus on the big questions facing coastal communities and important role that marine and coastal professionals play in coastal adaptation.
Dr Darren James will present on Coastal Protection Infrastructure: Challenges for Engineering and Adapting to Climate Change, under ongoing Legislation Reforms. Covering on Victorian coastal protection infrastructure and the challenges associated with managing historic coastal infrastructure portfolio, in light of the projected impacts of climate change sea level rise, and with consideration of the ongoing marine and coastal legislation reforms, particularly the new MACA. Highlighting examples of the key areas of engineering necessary to support the adaptation of historic coastal protection infrastructure.
The presentations will be followed by an interactive panel style Q&A discussion with both speakers.
Dr Anthony Boxshall: Chair – Victorian Marine and Coastal Council
Anthony is a marine ecologist who has worked in Australia and the USA across Government, academia and private industry. He is the Chair of the Victorian Marine and Coastal Council. For a day job, he is the Founder and Principal of Science into Action Pty Ltd, a science impact company turning great science into greater actions. A former National President of the Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA – the largest learned society for professional marine scientists in Australia), he is currently a Melbourne Enterprise Fellow in the School of Biosciences at the University of Melbourne.
Until late 2017 he was the Director, Applied Sciences at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria, and has worked at UC Santa Cruz USA, Deakin University, and been on several innovation Boards. He is a problem solver and strategist.
Dr Darren James: Senior Technical Advisor – Coast and Marine - Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP)
Darren is the Senior Technical Advisor - Coasts and Marine at the Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning. In his state-wide role he is never short of a challenge whether it’s providing advice on a beach renourishment, climate change, or coastal protection. Darren is currently working on several projects including the Southern Mornington Peninsula foreshore erosion, the Port Phillip local coastal hazard assessment, and implementing the governments Asset Management Accountability Framework for coastal protection infrastructure.
It was growing up on the Mornington Peninsula where his deep affection and understanding of the coast started. Darren has a double degree of science and engineering and a doctorate of philosophy. He has 20 years of experience as a professional engineer, and is a member of the National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering for Engineers Australia. Darren is passionate about addressing the future challenges that we face on the coast, particularly how we manage and live on the coast.