Port Phillip Bay is fast becoming a year-round centre for social and recreational activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, diving, walking and relaxing. These pressures are most in evidence in summer. The importance of bay beaches, activity nodes, open spaces and cultural places cannot be underestimated with currently more than 40 million visitations each year to the bay and its beaches by Melburnians, other Victorians and tourists. The closure of beaches due to pollution is unacceptable. The planning and provision of recreation and open space assets, improved beach renourishment and water based infrastructure to ensure equitable use and choice is crucial.
We will focus on:
- Supporting improvements to water quality and pollution management to reduce beach closures
- Supporting an accelerated and comprehensive beach renourishment program
- Encouraging the promotion and responsible use of the bay and foreshore for events and activities
- Supporting the provision of locally-appropriate infrastructure and controls to achieve regional recreational improvements