With more than 130 beaches and 50 million plus visitors annually, Port Phillip Bay is treasured by Victorians and visitors.
The Association of Bayside Municipalities (ABM) is an association of the councils of Port Phillip Bay. Founded in 1974, we are the voice of local government for Port Phillip Bay. Through our advocacy and action we aim to uphold the community’s vision and values for the Bay’s marine and coastal environment.
The ABM acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters of Port Phillip Bay – the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation. We pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We value their deep knowledge of the Bay, its waters, tides, coast, plants and animals, developed over many generations.
With more than 130 beaches and 50 million plus visitors annually, Port Phillip Bay is treasured by Victorians and visitors. It is an access point to Melbourne’s ports, popular for fishing, sailing and swimming and is home to precious and unique flora and fauna. These significant social, economic and environmental values are just some of the beneficial uses and assets that the Association of Bayside Municipalities works to enhance, advocate for and protect.
Frankston City foreshore and coastline (SkyPics)
Port Phillip Bay
Port Phillip Bay attracts 6.9 million day visitors and 3.1 million overnight visitors each year.*
Commercially alone, the recreational activity of tourists and locals results in approximately $320 million in annual revenue for the Bay region.*
In addition, there is a strong and important link between the quality of the coastal environment and the quality of life for many Victorians.**
The coastal and marine environments support recreational and commercial activities. Its rocky reefs, sandy shorelines, foreshore reserves and rugged cliffs provide habitat and amenity, as well as protection for private and public coastal assets.
Across this spectrum of users and values, the ABM, in partnership with other Bay stakeholders, is focussed on protecting and sustainably managing the Bay for future generations.
The likely impact of climate change on the Bay is a significant focus for the ABM.
Increased wave action, storm surges and sea level rise will alter sand movements and increase erosion rates. Combined with population pressures, catchment degradation and ageing infrastructure the impacts on our coastline will escalate in coming years.
Additionally, unprecedented population growth will place further pressure on Port Phillip Bay as it becomes a recreational beacon for not only coastal communities but the broader Victorian population.
Through its tools such as the Bay Blueprint 2070, the ABM seeks to lead discussion, promote policy change and advocate action to address these impacts.
*Draft Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan, DELWP 2016
** Victorian Coastal Strategy, 2014
Indicative map of foreshore managers in Port Phillip Bay
Source: adapted from Central Coastal Board, Central Regional Coastal Plan 2015-2020.
Port Phillip Bay's Ramsar listed wetlands
The Ramsar list is a list of Wetlands of International Importance. Port Phillip Bay is home to two Ramsar listed wetlands totalling 23,158 hectares (Edithvale-Seaford and the Western Shoreline of Port Phillip Bay and Bellarine Peninsula).
The Member councils of the ABM are:
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