Australian Coastal Society



Australian Coastal Society

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The ACS is dedicated to healthy coastal ecosystems, vibrant coastal communities and sustainable use of coastal resources.

Promote knowledge and understanding of the environmental, social and economic value of the Australian coast.
Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge among people involved in the management, planning and development of the Australian coast.
Contribute to international, national, state and local debates on coastal issues so as to foster rational, open decision-making in order to achieve sustainable use of coastal resources and responsible stewardship of coastal assets.
Improve public, government and industry understanding of the value of the Australian coast for individual and social well being, the need to maintain and improve coastal ecosystems, and to ensure the use of ecologically sustainable development practices.
Promote the protection and conservation of sites of environmental and cultural significance on the coast and in coastal waters.
Facilitate increased knowledge and skills of people working and studying in coastal natural resource management, planning, development and other relevant industries along the Australian coast.
Serve as a link between various Australian organisations and individuals with interests in the Australian coast.
Support national, state and local coastal conferences.
Do all things necessary for and incidental to the advancement of those objects.

Managed/contributed to the following campaigns

Type of group


Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

Geographic sphere or activity


Primary location


Known address

PO Box 1984, Bondi Junction NSW 1355

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History of group

The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) was initiated at the Coast to Coast Conference in Tasmania in 2004. The idea was floated as a means for those interested in coastal matters to communicate between conferences and where possible take resolutions of the conference to appropriate levels of government.

The idea was discussed further at the Coast to Coast Conference in Melbourne in 2006 and it was agreed that Bruce Thom develop a constitution of a company limited by guarantee that would operate on a national basis.

This plan was accomplished and in 2008 at the Coast to Coast Conference in Darwin the constitution was ratified and an Executive appointed. The company received deductible gift recipient status in 2011, meaning that donations to the ACS are tax deductible.

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