Climate Change related Sea Level Rise Policy changes in New South Wales

Habitat Town Planning Forum

This is an up date of a paper first written in 2010 but still relevant in 2014 more than ever with continued evidence of the effects of chi mate change in a range of environments. 

Since this paper was written in 2010 there has been a series of developments related to both NSW State government and some Central Coast local government councils and their policies.

After the Labor State government announced in 2009 the recognition of sea level rise being a scientific fact through the Draft Flood Risk Management Guide published by the Department of Environment and Climate Change Water (DECCW) several predictable things happened.

Firstly we need to understand that the DECCW based finding of 900mm sea level rise by the year 2100 on the shore of NSW from data produced by the 2007 fourth session report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change[1]. This report indicated that sea level…

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Risks and impacts on governments and the community when planning coal mining projects in urban growth areas

Habitat Town Planning Forum

Planning for population growth is one of the challenges Australia has to face to ensure a good socio-economic future. This means that mismanagement and errors due to bad planning will affect our prosperity both individually and as a nation.

Currently Australia is going through an increase in applications for mining operations. Some of the recent policy of State governments has been to embrace mining and exports to improve royalty revenues. In the face of climate change, Australian states are continuing to give approvals for mining operations to take advantage of carbon-based resources.

This paper will investigate how a population growth area and a coal mining application are in conflict on the Central Coast of New South Wales (NSW). It identifies a range of planning principals for urban growth areas and superimposes a real life proposal for a mining operation within the locality of the growth area on the Central Coast…

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Commentary on Australia’s Future for Renewable Energy

This is a commentary on renewable energies future by David Holland
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Habitat Centre for Renewable Energy

Executive Summary

This is a discussion paper about renewable energy and how Australia is placed to act on reforms to improve the uptake of renewable energy. The paper also comments on a series of letters sent to Federal Government Members and Ministers from 2006 to 2010.

The commentaries on the letters add additional information not given in these letters to the federal government. This additional information has been added with a contemporary nature relating to the year 2010.

This discussion paper has within its appendix list the actual letters sent to the federal government. In addition it has the two replies from two federal departments received from the final letter written in 2009. These letters are from the Minister for Resources and Energy and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport.

These replies outline some interesting plans for the direction of the then Rudd government and actions containing exciting programs underway. The…

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The Blossom Bandit

One of our members has painted in water-colour the local rainbow lorikeet.

These birds take advantage of the prodigious blossoms available on the Central Coast and in particular in the northern parts of the Wyong Shire where many of this artists work is derived.

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Painting by Margaret O’Toole


The Habitat Association aims to encourage creative people

We are about mentoring the creative individual and encouraging them to put together quality products for publishing.

Our main aim is to publish and mentor in the arts and environment, and encourage adaptive thinking.

We provide a forum for people to share and publish their ideas and life’s experiences.

The Habitat Association is not an advocacy group, but provides forums for individuals and collaborative groups to mentor or be mentored by others and discuss issues. These discussions may be in the form of articles, papers, books, painting, poems or other forms of communication related to our environment, where we live, how we live, and individual’s life experiences.

Projects similar to the above are the activity of individuals but the following are the activities of the Association.


The association encourages the publishing of individual or collaborative projects.

One of the avenues the Habitat Association uses to publish projects is the Habitat Association’s websites.

Projects that have been published on the website include:

  • book samples,
  • short stories,
  • articles, poems,
  • paintings,
  • photographic themes related to place
  • academic papers.

The association is not limited to the creative projects currently published on the website.

The Habitat Association is continually exploring new ways to publish finished works by individuals and collaborative groups.

All work published under the auspices of the Habitat Association must meet the publishing standards of the Association.


Mentoring requires a relationship between people. It requires a transfer of knowledge and experience. Both our directors and participants in the activities of the Habitat Association have considerable life experiences. As the organization grows this experience will grow and ad value to our mentoring capability.

The association encourages people to come together to talk and write about their experiences. It is part of the Habitat Association’s culture to encourage participants to tell their stories by putting their thoughts and ideas in the written form. For the more visually inclined we encourage participants to put their thoughts, ideas and concepts into pictures, paintings, sculptures, crafts or into a photographic form.

The Arts

So what do we mean by ‘the Arts’?

The Association understands “the arts” to mean, any creative process that produces a product that can be enjoyed by humanity.

The association does not limit the artistic expression except through its publishing standards.


So what do we mean by the environment?

The association takes a wider view of the environment than the modern understanding of the word environment. We recognize that our environment is the places where we live .

Adaptive thinking

The association’s overarching aim is to encourage adaptive thinking. The object is to find new and creative ways to approach issues, problems and challenges.

Interested persons can view many of the finished projects on our websites including:


The Association also uses the web platform WordPress. Other habitat sites include:


In addition we have many projects planned and underway.


We invite you to contact us. Provided you have the ideas, the interest and motivation, we will plug you in and enjoy your progress in your chosen project. We will give advice when asked for and encourage you to publish your work when the works are completed.

New Book on iTunes from the Habitat Association stable

After seven years of work, finally this book has made its way to a world-wide audience. Over two years to put together the first edition that began in 2006. Through the latter part of 2008 it went through an editing process, with two editors. Much of the book was reworded over that time. Then in late 2008 a paperback edition was printed as a first edition.

As many authors, I realised that the book was not as it could be. Also some of the early paperback copies were sent out to varies people to get feedback. You have to have a conviction and somewhat of a thick skin when receiving helpful criticism.

Armed with some of this information, and over the next 4 years, I set about revising chapters. Due to one comment I set about writing a completely new chapter to explain some of my findings  more clearly. At least two chapters were reordered and rewritten to get an energy at the end of the chapter instead of in the middle which seemed to give a flat feeling when reading the end of the chapter.

The rewriting process for this 2nd edition was done in amongst a lot of other work that can be found on the Habitat Association blog site and other Habitat associated sites such as the Habitat town planning forum and Habitat Centre for arts. A full list of these sites are on the right hand side of this blog page.

This book is a supported by the Habitat Association because it is a publishing project and falls within the wide scope of the Association. It is a Theological subject, which relates to social/cultural fabrics of societies.

The name of the book now on iTunes is:

Will the Real Melchizedek Please Step forward

It is a Bible Study of the early characters in the Bible.

It can be found under a search under iBooks or iTunes under the title or the author “David Holland”

The publishing of this book has been a learning curve for the Habitat Association members as it is impossible for Australians to self publish either on iTunes or Kindle due to tax laws in the United States of America.

We have overcome this to publish on iTunes. However, we have not been able to solve this for Kindle as yet.

The book has been formated as a eBook on ibook author. This package allow for a wide variety of subroutine widgets to be imbedded in you ebook. This makes it a much more powerful platform for an ebook. IBook Author is a free APP on the Apple App store and runs on Apple computer only. (It does not run of iPads or iPhones.)

This book now published on iTunes is only able to be read on Apple iPad, or iPhone.

So look it up if you have one of these iPad or iPhone devices.

If you haven’t, you will have to wait until we solve the Kindle problem.

There is a couple of chapters on one of the Habitat Associated sites though so follow the link and have a read.

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David Holland


Habitat Association’s Margaret O’Toole’s Art Exhibition

At the Gallery Cafe Surry Hills one of the inner Sydney suburban townships, Margaret O’Toole exhibited several water-colour paintings.

The exhibition was on  the 5th of October 2012 and was a fantastic display of her art.

Pictured below is Pearl Williams, Curator of the exhibition.

Curator of Habitat Art Exhibition

Pearl Williams