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Australia’s coastal zone is both unique and fragile. Coastal environments are dynamic, complex and interdependent. For the vast majority of Australian’s we are a coastal nation. Over 90% of our national population are located in the coastal zone and all but one of Australia’s capital cities are located on the coast (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2004). Rapid and enduring population growth around the Australia coastline is predicted to continue (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2001). Intertwined social, economic, and cultural interests make the challenges of coastal management, challenges of society. By its very nature, coastal management is the management of people’s activities within coastal regions.
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