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About ACS Victoria                                                                                                                       
We are a state branch working with our members to:

1. Influence the thinking in our Victorian industry

2. Boost knowledge sharing / capacity building

3. Facilitate networking.


Our 2020 committee:

Jeska Dee (President)

Jeska has a background in wetland and waterway rehabilitation and operational coastal management such as cleaning programs, vegetation management, horticulture and coastal infrastructure. She also has significant experience in strategic coastal planning and project management which has included providing expert professional advice and guidance to Councils and the community in relation to coastal policy, planning and management. Jeska is passionate about working with the community and stakeholders to deliver sustainable outcomes for marine and coastal environments. 

Phebe Bicknell

Phebe is a senior coastal engineer with a background in environmental engineering, science and project management. Phebe has a passion for finding approaches to communicate technical outcomes in meaningful ways, and enjoys applying technical work to develop strategic management plans for our coasts and estuaries. Skill areas include coastal flooding, beach and cliff erosion, sediment transport, water quality, beach amenity, catchment impacts and climate change adaptation. 

Sue Mudford

Sue Mudford has an extensive history in the management of the Victorian coastline, including roles as Acting Chair of the Western Coastal Board and member of the Victorian Coastal Council. Sue brings professional experience in risk management, governance, community engagement, facilitation, regional development, biodiversity and conservation. She is actively involved in Landcare and conservation activities.

Chris Renkin

Chris is a strategic and statutory planner with extensive experience in private practice and local government.  Chris is involved in the management of our Victorian coastline through a range of planning projects including regional land use and development strategies, township structure plans, housing and settlement strategies, coastal management plans, local coastal hazard assessments, and planning scheme amendments.   Chris has recently delivered a State government pilot project developing a future land use and development adaptation strategy to address climate change related sea level rise and subsequent coastal hazards for a coastal settlement in Victoria.  She is also a member of a local Coastcare Group on the Gippsland Lakes.

Elisa Zavadil (communications)

Elisa has a background in coastal, estuary and waterway science and engineering, and climate change adaptation. Elisa co-ordinates coastal management studies in complex policy contexts nationally, with expertise in geomorphic assessments, analysis of coastal hazard areas, identifying risk to assets (built, ecosystems, cultural), prioritising adaptation options, and strategic planning. Elisa has a passion for the shared care of our coastal landscapes. She enjoys building partnerships across stakeholder groups to deliver great outcomes for ecosystems and communities.



Click here to see our purpose and goals for 2020: 2020-2022 Victorian Strategy



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Our Victorian chapter includes around 24 members working across public, private and academic sectors. Membership is a great way to stay connected to coastal professionals across Victoria – please extend the invitation to your colleagues to become a member.

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Email: Jeska at if you would like any further information.



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