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Population pressures in coastal towns

Stunning beaches and tourist-filled coastal towns are some of Australia's most important assets. But how do seasonal fluctuations in population affect these coastal communities? This clip focuses on a new push by the National Sea Change Taskforce to have visitor numbers properly counted in the next census, so that development ...


King George Sound, 1834 - asset 6

This is one of eight sections of a hand-coloured print showing part of the area around King George Sound (originally known as King George's Sound), on Australia's south-west coast. The print, measuring 19.0 cm x 274.2 cm, is entitled 'Panoramic view of King George's Sound, part of the colony of Swan River'. It was produced ...


'Te Whiti's bank, Parihaka', c1887

This is a black-and-white photograph from Parihaka, Taranaki taken around 1887. Traditional Mäori whare or houses surround a bank built in European-style architecture, using painted, sawn timber and with foundations, a cross gable tiled roof with finials, and a covered balcony with a balustrade at the front. A man is leaning ...


Map of Australian colonies, c1859-61

This is a hand-coloured map of Australia, printed between about 1859 and 1861, showing boundaries for what were then the colonies of Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. There is an area labelled 'North Australia', which includes the present-day Northern Territory and Queensland within the same ...


Map of Australian settlements, c1854

This is a hand-coloured map of Australia showing boundaries indicating the settlements and provinces that existed in 1851. In particular, the map shows detailed settlements in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria, with dates and names indicating when areas were discovered, and by whom. Some of the current names ...


Map of Australia by Matthew Flinders, 1814

This is a highly significant black-and-white map of Australia depicting areas explored by Matthew Flinders between 1798 and 1803. The map is entitled 'GENERAL CHART OF TERRA AUSTRALIS OR AUSTRALIA'. The different ships and routes that Flinders took while charting the coastline of the continent are included, as well as details ...


The Battle for Byron, 1996: European settlement in Byron Bay

This clip shows a series of black-and-white photographs intercut with archival black-and-white film footage, illustrating key historical changes in Byron Bay, on the northern coast of New South Wales, since European settlement. The narrator details the effects of the timber, pastoralist, sand-mining and whaling industries ...

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Coastal adaptation: overview

This resource is a video about the impact of unavoidable climate change on the coastal areas of Australia. The video introduces the National Coastal Risk Assessment that maps out the potential effects of climate change on the human population, ecosystems, industries and infrastructure in the coastal zone. The resource includes ...

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Coastal adaptation: the beach

This resource is a video about the importance of the beach to Australian culture and lifestyle, and the impact of unavoidable climate change on the coastal areas of Australia. It describes the changes to natural coastal processes, increased coastal erosion and loss of beach width that have occurred as consequences of climate ...

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Coastal adaptation: ecosystems

This resource is a video about the consequences of climate change for the vulnerable ecosystems that exist in the water and on land around Australia’s coast. It explains how factors affected by climate change, such as temperature, rainfall, sea level and the chemistry of sea water, can impact on the species within an ecosystem. ...

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Coastal adaptation: residential risks

This resource is a video about the impact of climate change on residential communities along the coast. It outlines the increased vulnerability due to the high concentration of Australia’s population in a narrow corridor along the coast and the increase in erosion, storm surges and king tides. The video refers to the National ...

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Coastal adaptation: infrastructure

This resource is a video about the impact of climate change on infrastructure in the coastal areas of Australia. It describes the different types of risks to infrastructure, and the various types of infrastructure - industrial, communication, transport, waste and water services - that will be affected and impact on the ...

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Coastal adaptation: local action

This resource is a video about the role of local councils and communities in responding to climate change. Using examples from several Australian states, the video describes how local government and authorities are responding to the challenges of climate change. It describes the areas of council operations that can be affected, ...

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Coastal Adaptation: Coastal Climate Change Science

This resource is a video about the science associated with climate change. It explains the causes, estimates the extent and identifies some of the risks associated with sea level rise. The consequences of inundation of low-lying areas and beach erosion, and the impact on ecosystems and species are discussed. The video describes ...


Where's the best place to live?

This collection of media resources focuses on the liveability of places, particularly cities. But what makes one place ‘more liveable' than the next? Find out about the factors that influence the liveability of different places and what can be done to improve the liveability of our urban environments.