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New Independent Advisory Panel to oversee Adelaide Beach Management Review

Environmental science, social science and Kaurna knowledge experts have been brought together to oversee a review of the way Adelaide’s coastline is managed, with an Independent Advisory Panel formed with oversight of the Adelaide Beach Management Review.

New Independent Advisory Panel to oversee Adelaide Beach Management Review

The review, which is expected to commence in early 2023, aims to find sustainable solutions to coastal erosion across Adelaide’s metropolitan beaches.

The Independent Advisory Panel will meet every two months over the course of the 12-month review, with the first meeting scheduled to take place in December 2022.

The panel’s responsibilities will include receiving and reviewing submissions from community members and groups, reviewing progress on, and the outcomes of, a comprehensive community engagement process and the findings of an independent scientific review. Any recommendations will be made to State Cabinet through the Attorney-General.

The government welcomes the following panel members:

  • Mark Searle, former chief executive officer for the City of Marion
  • Kaurna representatives Les Wanganeen and Sarah Smith
  • Professor Beverley Clarke, social science expert from Flinders University
  • Professor Emeritus Nicholas Harvey, coastal science researcher from the University of Adelaide
  • Professor Emeritus Michael Young, environmental science expert from the University of Adelaide.

The Independent Advisory Panel members represent a wide cross-section of knowledge, experience and expertise and importantly will provide independent advice throughout the review process.