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  • Writer's pictureAaron Salyer

Significant Local Presence at this Year's Australasian Coasts and Ports

Updated: Mar 27

In the coastal protection and enhancement sphere, the name International Coastal Management (ICM) resonates with a legacy of passion, innovation, and global outreach.


This year, we take immense pride in announcing our substantial presence at the landmark Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference, an event we hold in high regard and frequently attend.


As a Queensland founded and headquartered company, we are well versed to the coastal climate here in the sunshine state and have been heavily involved in projects across the throughout this region.


We eagerly anticipate sharing our expert insights, rekindling ties with our established industry allies, and forging connections with new collaborators.


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What is the Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference


The Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference series stands as the leading forum in the Australasian region, fostering a platform where professionals converge to address multi-disciplinary issues concerning coasts and ports.


Spanning over five decades, the conference boasts a rich history that encapsulates ideas, knowledge exchange, and invaluable discussions. Its inception in 1973, post the formation of the National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering, heralded a new era in coastal engineering, emphasizing its paramount significance in conserving some of Australia's prized resources.


Melding the legacy of the Australasian Port and Harbour Conferences initiated by PIANC Australia in 1986, the conference has since 1995 been recognized as the 'Australasian Coasts and Ports.' This monumental event alternates between major cities in Australia and New Zealand every two years, solidifying its reputation as the prime hub for engineers, planners, scientists, academics, and professionals from the construction sector.


With a vibrant array of technical presentations, field trips, and unparalleled networking opportunities nestled within its social programs, the conference promises to enlighten, engage, and inspire.



nature based solution by International coastal management coastal engineers


ICM - Pioneering through Innovative Experience:


With our longstanding commitment to sustainable coastal solutions, ICM eagerly anticipates this event, where we'll be presenting our papers, drawing from our vast reservoir of global experiences.


Each presentation aims to shed light on novel advancements in the field, fortifying our position as thought leaders in the coastal management domain.


Dredge on Artificial Reef designed by International Coastal Management


See our Technical Sessions:


Wednesday 16 August 2023


Angus Jackson

Angus Jackson

Nearshore Nourishment Theory and Application

Session 2B: Beach Nourishment

10.30am –10.50am


Delving into 40 years of nearshore nourishment, this paper highlights its efficacy in beach protection and as a tool against climate change impacts. Originating from Gold Coast trials in 1985, the method offers cost-effective alternatives using offshore sand reserves. This research illuminates its evolution, design considerations, and its impact on surfing conditions, garnering significant public support. It also provides a comprehensive cost analysis of different deposition methods and their respective benefits.


Thursday 17 August 2023


Sam King

Sam King

Nature Based Solutions and Oyster Shellfish Reef Restoration in the Noosa River

Session 8B: Nature Based Solutions

11.40am – 12.00pm


Sam King and team from International Coastal Management embarked on a unique restoration project in the Noosa River. Addressing diminished oyster reefs, the team implemented living shorelines using local rock and recycled oyster shells to enhance habitat, boost bank stability, and combat climate change impacts. This project, notable for its challenging location near busy maritime channels, offers insights into innovative ecological restoration.


Martin Mulcahy

Emergency Coastal Protection Works and Lessons from Remote Island Construction

Session 9A: Coastal Structures

2.20pm – 2.40pm


Addressing the pressing concern of rapid erosion on Australia's East Coast, this paper scrutinizes short-term mitigation strategies employed in various regions. Analyzing cases like Collaroy, Wamberal, and the Gold Coast, it delves into the effectiveness of emergency interim responses post-storm events. The study also sheds light on challenges faced by remote areas such as the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, emphasizing the need for innovative, local solutions for effective coastal management.


Bobbie Corbett

Narrowneck Artificial Reef Renewal

Session 10A: Artificial Reefs

3.30pm – 3.50pm


Highlighting the City of Gold Coast's initiative from 1999-2000, this paper delves into the Narrowneck Artificial Reef's construction and its objectives for coastal protection and surfing enhancement. After two decades, a renewal added 84 Geotextile Sand Containers, optimizing its performance and lifespan. Through a Design and Construct model, this study outlines the design adaptations, challenges faced during construction, and the swift project delivery within six months. This comprehensive overview covers the design, implementation, and continued monitoring of the Narrowneck artificial reef project.


Reach out to us. We'd love to connect.


We extend a warm invitation to industry peers, stakeholders, and coastal management aficionados to join us in this collaborative endeavor.


We'll be around for the full event and are always keen to connect with likeminded, ocean-enthusiasts. Feel free to reach out direct at the event or get in touch before hand.







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