The Australian Coastal Society (ACS) are a key stakeholder in the review of the Victorian Marine and Coastal Act (MACC). Neil, Director Trí Spatial Planning, as part of his role as Committee Member of the ACS (Vic Chapter) active participated in this review process.
This work included a review of the current system, documentation provided by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and attendance at DELWP presentations on this topic. This process involved collaboration with other ACS committee members in the preparation of a detailed submission to DELWP.
Neil utilised his European knowledge of coastal and marine planning, as well as that gained through his Masters in Marine Spatial Planning. This included advice relating to the contents and structure of the Marine Scotland Act 2010 – Scotland were one of the first countries in the EU to implement marine spatial planning legislation. Advice also included recommendations on the integration of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 into the legislation.
The final output included specific recommendations for the MACC relating to climate change adaptation and mitigation in Victoria, including a focus on their importance and how such considerations could be integrated into legislation.