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The Conference will commence with a Welcome Reception on Tuesday 20 June 2017 and will conclude on Friday 23 June 2017. The program will include:

  • Welcome Reception
  • Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering Function
  • Three day technical programme
  • Trade exhibition
  • Field trips
  • Conference Dinner
  • Short course

Pre Conference Short Course & Workshop

A pre-conference Short Course, organised by the Water Research Laboratory (UNSW), will be held on 19 & 20 June 2017 at the Cairns Convention Centre.

Coastal Engineering Pre-Conference Short Course

Dates: 19 & 20 June 2017
Venue: Cairns Convention Centre

The Local Organising Committee is proud to announce that a Coastal Engineering Short Course conducted by UNSW Australia’s Water Research Laboratory will be held over the two days prior to the 2017 Coasts & Ports Conference. This course will cover the following:

  • An overview of coastal engineering fundamentals;
  • Beach morphology and coastal hazards;
  • Current practice for coastal structures;
  • New technologies and state of the art professional practice;
  • Physical and numerical modelling; and
  • Practical case studies.

Sessions will be run by staff from UNSW Australia’s Water Research Laboratory and other organisations:

  • James Carley
  • Matt Blacka
  • Associate Professor Ron Cox
  • Dr Mitchell Harley
  • Ian Coghlan (Course Coordinator)
  • Additional presenters to be confirmed

Cost: $1,210 (incl. GST)

Field Trips

Three tours will be conducted to visit local examples of coastal, port and estuarine engineering issues on Thursday 22 June 2017 from 12.30pm – 5.00pm. The conference field trips provide attendees with the opportunity to visit interesting port, harbour, coastal and estuarine sites and projects surrounding Cairns.

Field Trip 1 - Cairns Port and Trinity Inlet - Sold Out

Time: 12.30pm – 5.00pm
Departs: Cairns Convention Centre
Returns: Cairns Convention Centre
Dress: Participants must wear enclosed shoes

Trinity Inlet is a tidal estuary, within which the port of Cairns has been developed since the late 1800s. These days Cairns Seaport is a multi-purpose regional port that caters for a diverse range of customers from bulk and general cargo, cruise shipping, fishing fleet and reef passenger ferries. The HMAS Cairns naval base is also located within the port limits.

The Cairns Shipping Development Project being undertaken by Ports North aims to develop port infrastructure in order to secure a greater share of the lucrative international cruise ship market, enhance naval capacity and improve port efficiencies. Having commenced in 2012 the project has been impacted by changing regulation on sea disposal of capital dredged material, and consequently work to define and assess land placement options is ongoing.

The broader Trinity Inlet is made up of over 300 km2 of picturesque mangrove habitat, which hosts a variety of fauna including wild saltwater crocodiles. An agricultural scheme in the 1970s drained the 800 ha mainly intertidal East Trinity site, resulting in significant environmental harm from the oxidation of Acid Sulfate Soils. An ongoing remediation program is working towards recovering the ecological and cultural heritage values. Part of East Trinity is now an Indigenous Protected Area with the Traditional Owners pursuing plans to establish eco and cultural-tourism at East Trinity (Mandingalbay Yidinji country).

The tour will be conducted on the M.V. Crocodile Explorer and will take in both the port area and broader Trinity Inlet. Numbers are limited to 68 and will be allocated on a first-in basis.


  • Walk to Cairns Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
  • Board the MV Crocodile Explorer
  • Cruise along the Cairns Port waterfront with commentary on points of interest and the history of the port
  • Explore Trinity Inlet with further commentary and opportunities for crocodile and bird spotting
  • Enjoy complimentary afternoon tea/coffee/lamingtons/fruit platter
  • Tour concludes, return to Convention Centre or hotel by foot
cairns port fieldtrip
Field Trip 2 – Northern Beaches Tour

Time: 12.30pm – 5.00pm
Departs: Cairns Convention Centre
Returns: Cairns Convention Centre
Dress: Participants must wear enclosed shoes

The Northern Beaches Tour will travel by bus, visiting some of the more interesting and beautiful coastal areas of Cairns. The focus of the tour will be on:

  • Coastal works and their desirability for tourism vs urban development vs natural systems;
  • Mangroves;
  • Coastal erosion hazards and coastal management in the tropics;
  • Storm Tides/Cyclones; and
  • Management of cohesive sediments thinking about acid sulphate soils and dredging.


  • Board bus at Convention Centre;
  • Tour commences on the Cairns Esplanade examining foreshore works;
  • Discuss role of mangroves in coastal systems at Cairns Airport mangrove walk;
  • Examine new seawall at Machans Beach;
  • Explore more natural foreshores at Palm Cove considering the appropriate development, coastal processes and importance of long term data sets;
  • Back to old Cairns wharf to discuss management of cohesive sediments;
  • Bus returns to Convention Centre.
field trip beaches tour
field trip beaches tour
Field Trip 3 – Green Island
Sponsored by
BMT Group platinum sponsor

Time: 12.30pm – 4.00pm
Departs: Cairns Convention Centre
Returns: Cairns Convention Centre
Dress: Participants must wear enclosed shoes

Green Island is a coral cay situated in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area, 27km offshore from the city of Cairns. The 12 ha island is predominantly national park fringed by coral reefs hosting a wide variety of tropical marine life. Green Island has supported tourism since the early 1900s and the current eco-friendly resort includes tertiary sewage treatment and desalination plants.

A 45 minute fast catamaran ride from Cairns Marlin Marina, the trip to Green Island will take in the scenic backdrop of False Cape and Cape Grafton fringing Trinity Bay. The tour will include a history of the city and port of Cairns and information on the environmental research and management programs currently being undertaken to help support sustainable management of urban development, agriculture and industry adjacent and within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

There will be approximately 2 hours on the island allowing time to enjoy snorkelling, glass-bottom boat tours, walking the island’s beaches and rainforest interior. Please note that the Green Island conference technical tour will be covered by a $99.00 individual participant surcharge. Numbers are limited to 120 and will be allocated on a first-in basis.


  • Walk to Cairns Marlin Marina, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
  • Cruise from Cairns to Green Island aboard "Reef Rocket" with technical commentary
  • Reef and snorkel presentation en route
  • 2 ¼ hours to enjoy Green Island
  • Choice of the Glass Bottom Boat Tour OR the use of snorkelling gear
  • Walk from Cairns Marlin Marina back to the Convention Centre
field trip green island


Invited speakers are internationally recognised experts in their field, promising delegates an exciting and challenging program.

Kevin Kane
Sponsored by
Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec

Kevin Kane
Senior Manager Environment
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation, Mackay, Queensland

Kevin is the Senior Manager Environment for North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) and responsible for environmental management of four of Queensland's largest bulk commodity Ports.

Having started off as a baker in the tiny North Queensland town of Ingham, Kevin later spent his graduate and postgraduate years at James Cook University studying and working in the areas of reef research, aquaculture and fisheries science.

Kevin has been a fisheries inspector, maritime safety officer, construction manager, a principal with the Department of Environment and Heritage, and for the last six-and-a-half years in his present role with North Queensland Bulk Ports.

Kevin previously chaired the Queensland Ports Association Environment and Planning Committee, and is active on a range of Great Barrier Reef advisory panels and regional committees, and currently co-chairs an international PIANC working group authoring a 'practical guideline on environmental risk management of navigational infrastructure projects'. He also co-supervises a number of Masters students currently completing their postgraduate work at James Cook University.

In his role at North Queensland Bulk Ports, Kevin has established one of Queensland's most extensive coastal marine monitoring programs and most recently, has lead the development and implementation of the comprehensive Port of Hay Point Sustainable Sediment Management Assessment.

Jonathan Nott

Professor Jonathan Nott
Professor of Geosciences, College of Science and Technology
James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland

Jonathan Nott is Professor of Geoscience, College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia. He has held appointments at Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University) and the Australian National University.

Professor Nott undertakes research into extreme natural events such as river floods, tsunamis and tropical cyclones and specializes in post-event surveys both in Australia and overseas. He also specialises in reconstructing long-term natural records of these extreme events. These records provide a more realistic guide to the long-term behaviour of these hazards and can be used as a basis for estimating their return intervals and for risk assessment.

Professor Nott has published many articles on these topics in international refereed journals and has provided the first detailed review of the techniques involved in reconstructing these long-term records in his book ‘Extreme Events’ published by Cambridge University Press in 2006.

Russell Reichelt
Sponsored by

Dr. Russell Reichelt
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville, Queensland

Dr. Russell Reichelt was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in 2007.

Dr. Reichelt has a PhD in Marine Science (tropical ecology) from the University of Queensland. His background is in national oceans policy, fisheries research and development and environmental management and conservation. His early career was as a marine scientist in Townsville at the Australian Institute of Marine Science from 1981-1989, studying the ecology of the Great Barrier Reef, and in particular the outbreaks of the Crown of Thorns Starfish; and as a fisheries research manager in Canberra where in 1992 he began the continuing series of Australian Fisheries Status Reports for the Bureau of Resource Sciences (now ABARES).

Dr. Reichelt is also a board member of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. He has served previously as Chairman of the federal Fisheries Research and Development Corporation; CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, CRC Reef Research Centre and Reef & Rainforest Research Centre. Other roles include Chairman of Seafood Services Australia and of the CSIRO Flagship Advisory Committee for Wealth from Oceans. He served as a member of Australia’s State of the Environment Committee that produced the 2001 and 2006 reports.

In 1998 Dr. Reichelt chaired the federal National Oceans Advisory Committee that developed Australia’s Oceans Policy, one of the first in the world. In 2005 he proposed the concept of the Outlook Report to a federal review of reef management. The review group adopted the suggestion and the GBR Marine Park law was amended to make the report mandatory. He joined GBRMPA in 2007 and submitted the first Outlook Report for the Great Barrier Reef in 2009.

Dr. Reichelt is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (UK) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and received a Centenary Medal in 2001.

Social Program

Sponsored by
JSteel and Arcellor Mittal

Welcome Reception
Date: Tuesday 20 June 2017
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Halls C & D, Cairns Convention Centre
Cost: Included in Full Registration
Additional Tickets: $70 per person

A Welcome Reception will take place amongst the Conference exhibition the evening prior to the first day of the Conference. The function will provide the perfect opportunity for delegates to catch up with colleagues, renew past acquaintances and make new contacts in a relaxed atmosphere.

Sponsored by
Kellog Brown and Root

Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering Function
Date: Wednesday 21 June 2017
Time: 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Venue: Hall A, Cairns Convention Centre
Cost: Included in Full Registration
Additional Tickets: $70 per person

The Women in Coastal Geosciences and Engineering (WICGE) Networking event is a new initiative at Coasts and Ports 2017. The event will bring together colleagues of all genders to discuss how our profession can move positively forward in promoting equal opportunity for all. Presentations by WICGE committee members will update you on the exciting outcomes from our first year. The keynote is Ms. Tanya Stul, the current Chair of the National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering. The WICGE networking event is scheduled for the opening day of the Conference, to provide an early opportunity for ongoing discussion and networking throughout the remainder of the week.

Sponsored by
DHI group

Conference Dinner - SOLD OUT
Date: Thursday 22 June 2017
Time: Pre-Dinner Drinks: 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Dinner: 7.30pm – 11.00pm
Venue: Grand Ballroom, Pullman Cairns International
Cost: Included in Full Registration
Additional Tickets: $150 per person

Enjoy a fabulous dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Pullman Cairns International. This evening is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with other Conference delegates, whilst being entertained, wined and dined - a night not to be missed!

To be put on the Conference Dinner waitlist, please email

Optional Activities

A selection of optional tours are available for Conference delegates’ partners, providing the opportunity to enjoy the marvellous attractions of Cairns and its surrounding areas. Please note than minimum and maximum numbers apply.

Green Island Half Day Islander
Date: Wednesday 21 June 2017
Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm - 8.00 am at Reef Fleet Terminal 8.30am departure from Reef Fleet Terminal to Green Island – Return Depart Green Island 12.00 noon
Cost: Adult $93
Child (4-14 years) $49

This Green Island cruise is perfect for visitors with limited time. With a range of exciting optional activities, you can even design your day at your own pace. You'll also have the choice of glass bottom boat coral viewing or snorkelling equipment.


  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Use of Resort swimming pool exclusive for guests
  • Self-guided Eco Island walk
  • Choice of glass bottom boat coral viewing tour OR use of snorkelling equipment
Tour Green Island
Tour Green Island
Kuranda, Skyrail & Train
Date: Thursday 22 June 2017
Time: 8.15am – 4.00pm - Hilton Hotel passengers will be picked up at 8.25am and Mantra Esplanade at 8.30am
Cost: Adult $143
Child (4-14 years) $75

A great day awaits you, as you embark on a fascinating journey to the famous Kuranda Village. Board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, for your journey up to Kuranda. You will have a couple of hours’ free time to explore this quaint little ‘village in the rainforest’. Activities and sights to see and do include the Heritage Markets, the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Birdworld (at own expense). On your return journey to Cairns enjoy the Kuranda Scenic Train. Wind through hand hewn tunnels, across bridges and around curves on the world famous Railway.


  • Return coach transfers from your Hotel
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Tour Kuranda Skytrail and train
Tour Kuranda Skytrail and train
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Date: Wednesday 21 June 2017
Time: 12.00pm – 5.30pm - Pick up from Individual hotel at time stipulated on voucher
Cost: Adult $91
Child (4-14 years) $45

Take a half day tour at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures - the best place to see crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland. Hartley’s Creek is one of the longest established wildlife attractions in Tropical North Queensland, as well as being a working crocodile farm producing skins & meat for export & domestic consumption. Enjoy a unique eco experience on the lagoon cruise through the ecologically significant Melaleuca wetlands; the domain of the saltwater crocodile. Explore the rest of the park with its abundance of wildlife, including water birds, turtles, wallabies and cassowaries.


  • Return coach transfer from your hotel
  • Entry to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
  • Snake show
  • Wetlands cruise
  • Crocodile attack show
  • Cassowary feeding
  • Koala feeding
Tour Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Tour Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Cairns City Sights Tour
Date: Friday 23 June 2017
Time: 12.30pm – 5.30pm
Cost: Adult $75
Child (4 -14 years) $44

Cairns Discovery Tours presents the ultimate "City Sights" tour of Cairns and its spectacular tropical environs. Offering so much more than the usual City tours, this truly rewarding afternoon half day tour will surpass your highest expectations guaranteed! The qualified guides are passionate, experienced and very entertaining.

Not only will you explore Cairns city and its history, the busy wharves and industrial areas, but also observe the wildlife including many bird species. The Flecker Botanic Gardens contain an amazing collection of tropical plants including exotic herbs, spices, valuable timber trees, orchids, fruits, bromeliads, giant bamboo and many other spectacular flowering plants.

Whether you are into Bird watching, Nature, Tropical Plants, History, Industry or Culture, this City Tour has the lot. For those just wanting to relax and take in our superb scenery, and have a few laughs, you will not be disappointed.


  • Small personalised groups
  • Cairns accommodation return transfers
  • Explore Cairns city CBD & shopping districts
  • Discover the history of beautiful Cairns city
  • See the busy wharves / harbour and diverse industrial areas beyond the city
  • Visit St Monica's Cathedral which has the world's largest themed stained glass windows
  • Professional guided walk in the Flecker Botanic Gardens
  • Devonshire tea and scrumptious scones
  • Enjoy a walk at the lower section of the Barron Gorge National Park
  • Tour of the Outback Opal Mine
  • Stroll along the Palm Cove Beach and Jetty
Tour Cairns City Sights
Tour Cairns City Sights
Bungy Jump
Date: Wednesday 21 June 2017
Time: 10.50am - 2.00pm
Cost: $169

Get ready to push your limits and DEFY GRAVITY! Located 20 minutes north of Cairns in lush rainforest is the world first purpose built Bungy Tower established in 1990.

With a world first Jump Menu offering 16 different jump styles, there's a Jump for everyone. Whether you’re a first time jumper or a seasoned thrill seeker, we guarantee we've got a jump to take you out of your comfort zone and a bit further! There's nothing like a little adrenalin hit to remind you you're still alive!

Our site is designed for ultimate spectating with tailor made viewing platforms, decks, licensed bar, music, free transport, live bands on Sundays and sun chairs.

From the top of the 50-metre tower you can see out over the Northern Beaches and out to the incredible Great Barrier Reef. So when you’re on the edge, ready to jump, suck in the views as it all looks quite different on the rebound!

Bungy Jump

Minjin Swing
Date: Thursday 22 June 2017
Time: 10.50am - 2.00pm
Cost: $129

The only multi-person Jungle Swing in Australia swoops through the rainforest from 45 metres down to 1 metre in 3.5 seconds, reaching speeds up to 120km/h. But don’t think it's up to the Swing Master to set you going – you have the control. All you have to do it pull the self-release.

Minjin Swing