Earlier this year, we asked you what the future looks like for the Flinders, Mount Eliza and Portsea coastlines.

We received responses from over 570 community members and key stakeholders!

Thanks to your feedback, and together with working with coastal experts, we have developed the draft Coastal and Marine Management Plans (CMMP) for the Flinders, Mount Eliza and Portsea coastlines and now invite you to take a look at them.

These Plans will help guide appropriate, effective and sustainable management of these valued and sensitive areas, and the many facilities, infrastructure and activities that support them. Ultimately, helping shape the future of our foreshore areas.

Each draft plan is tailored for its coastal community to align with their local values, character, unique needs and challenges.

Endorsed by the Shire in October 2022, the three draft Plans are now on public exhibition for the next 12 weeks.

Download: Mount Eliza - Draft CMMP
Download: Portsea - Draft CMMP
Download: Flinders - Draft CMMP

A Coastal and Marine Management Plan (CMMP) sets the vision, objectives and priority actions for future management of coastal and marine areas. A CMMP helps to translate State policy into on-ground actions and must be approved by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. The Plans also establish an agreement between the Victorian Government, the land manager (in our case Council) and the community as to how an area of the coast will be managed.

Pressures on our coastal and marine areas are increasing - from development and growth, a changing climate and ageing and inadequate infrastructure.

Strategic 'big-picture' planning allows us to better coordinate our management and use of our coastlines, so they remain healthy, desirable and become more resilient.

Community and stakeholder perspectives continue to be important in helping shape the CMMPs. Activities and discussions to date have seen us consulting with many different stakeholders.

Our Shire staff and elected officials, management agencies, representatives for the Bunurong Land Council, and our community, including our local Coastal Advisory Groups, have been key in advising these Plans so far.

Your feedback on the draft Plans

We asked for your input to help us refine each draft Coastal and Marine Management Plans.

This included our focus and priorities for our three study areas and the broader Shire.

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