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House Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage

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Inquiry into the environmental implications of the ‘sea change’ phenomenon

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Terms of Reference

The committee will inquire into and report on issues and policies related to environmental pressures experienced by Australian coastal areas as a result of the ‘sea change’ phenomenon. The inquiry will have particular regard to:

• the environmental impacts of an increasing coastal population

• measures to reduce the environmental impacts of an expanding coastal population

• mechanisms to promote sustainable coastal communities and protect Australia’s coastline.

The inquiry was referred to the committee by the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources on 9 August 2007.

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