First and foremost, we would like to thank Kris James for her excellent work as a research assistant in chasing up background material and diagrams for the book and for her keen eye for detail in editing. Thanks also to Chris Crothers for her cartographic skills in drafting or re-drawing most of the diagrams for the book. We would particularly like to thank Jill Henry who, as a former publisher with Oxford University Press, could see the value of an Australian book on coastal management and had the persistence and encouragement to get the book through its first draft status. Together with Alaric Maude and Deidre Dragovich, Jill provided useful comments on the book's structure.

There are a number of people who deserve special mention for contributing material or offering advice on different sections of the book such as Tony Belperio, Bob Bourman, Bev Clarke, Doug Fotheringham, Angela Hale, Mike Hilton, Megan McCarthy, Bill Mitchell, Damien Moroney and Bruce Thom.

We are also extremely grateful to Fran West for proving a number of aerial photographs from her pioneering flight around the Australian coast in 1999. When we learned of her expedition as the first woman to circumnavigate the Australian continent in a light aircraft, we asked her if she would take some photographs for our book, particularly for the less accessible parts of our coast.

Finally, we thank our partners Meredith Hugo (NH) and Angela Hale (BC) for their patience while the book project gradually started to eat its way into precious family time.

Nick Harvey and Brian Caton

Adelaide, November 2002

An Era of Change

Each coastal State should consider establishing, or where necessary strengthening, appropriate coordinating mechanisms ...for integrated management and sustainable development of coastal and marine areas and their resources, at both the local and national levels.

UNCED 1992, chapter 17.6

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