Dr Andrew McCowan, Managing Director and founder of Water Technology, has been appointed to the federal government’s Coasts and Climate Change Council by Greg Combet, the federal Climate Change Minister.
The Council was originally established in late 2009 under the chairmanship of Professor Tim Flannery. Its purpose was to engage with communities and stakeholders and to advise the Government on key issues relating to Climate Change and the Australian coast. The Council provided its end of term report to the Minister in December 2010. The Council’s report and key recommendations can be found at: http://www.climatechange.gov.au/en/government/initiatives/australias-coasts-and-climate-change/adapting/coasts-and-climate-change-council.aspx
The term of the Coasts and Climate Change Council has now been extended until December 2011. Its principal focus is now on advising government to ensure progress on coastal adaptation. Professor Bruce Thom AM is the new head of the Council, and the Council’s membership includes representatives from science, local government, planning, engineering and law. This makes it well-placed to advise the Minister and the Government in action on climate change adaptation, and ensure that work is done co-operatively in adapting to climate change.