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Pressure of population makes heavy demands on much of the coastal zone, and in response there have been urgent moves in Australia to reform coastal management regimes in recent times. As Thom and Harvey point out, it is now widely recognised that coastal systems are dynamic and that change is inevitable. They maintain that in the 1990s Australian coastal management reform has been driven by the prominence given in international forums to problems associated with global environmental change, the pervasiveness of notions of sustainable development, a more integrated approach to resource management across governments and responsible agencies, and growing community awareness and participation in decision making. [Thom & Harvey: 2000: p.275] Lockie, in a recent review of the state of Social Impact Assessment (SIA), stresses the crucial role that public participation should play in environmental decision making, and draws attention to the fact that more ephemeral values, ‘the subjective and cultural meanings’ people invest in their local natural environment, are often neglected in the planning process, perhaps because they are difficult to measure and quantify. [Lockie:2001:279]

Shoal Creek, 1920
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