The Board released the Draft Central Regional Coastal Plan for consultation on Monday 9th February 2015 and is inviting everyone with an interest in the coast to participate and provide feedback by Tuesday 31st March 2015. See media release.
The draft Plan is based on the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 and community input, and applies to the Central coastal region from Bremlea in the west to Inverloch in the east. It covers Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bays, home to over 4.5 million residents and hosts over 40 million visitors per year.
Download a copy of the Draft Central Regional Coastal Plan, or download a copy of the Plan at a Glance which shows the structure and chapters of the draft Plan.
The Board is keen to hear from those organisations and individuals with an interest in the coast.
If you are interested in attending a public consultation session or you would like hard copies of the plan, contact the Central Coastal Board on 9637 9463 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments about the Central Coastal Plan can be submitted to the Board by Tuesday 31st March 2015 via the:
online Submissions page
post: PO Box 500 East Melbourne 8002
Previously in 2014, the Central Coastal Board, in partnership with the Western and Gippsland Coastal Boards, the Victorian Coastal Council, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, completed the first round of consultation for the three Regional Coastal Plans being developed for Victoria’s coastline. More than 70 submissions were received on the concept and direction of the three Regional Coastal Plans.
The strong community response showed just how important the Victorian coastline is to the community, and how seriously Victoria’s coastal managers and tiers of government take their responsibilities to meet the expectations of communities.
To read more about the submissions received on the introduction to the Regional Coastal Plans, and that stage of the Plan, view details here Regional Coastal Plans Update #1
Prior to this, in March 2014 the Board invited everyone with an interest in the coast to help shape the future of Victoria’s central coastal region and contribute to a new Regional Coastal Plan. See Regional Coastal Plans A3 Flyer Central Region for more information. All feedback provided through the Strategy process and previous Coastal Action Plans will be considered in these new plans.
Specifically, the new regional coastal plans will:
identify and articulate key regional values, issues and priorities
set the regional vision, guiding principles and strategic directions to guide local management
build on existing regional and local plans and strategies, make linkages, and identify and address gaps
clarify and confirm the roles and responsibilities of agencies and stakeholders
include effective regional coordination and implementation arrangements including monitoring, evaluation and reporting.