The central region of the Victorian coast spans 990 kilometres, from Breamlea to Inverloch. It is backed by hinterland catchments of 1.6 million hectares. The region is highly urbanised with Melbourne and Geelong, at the heart of the region, having a combined population of over 4 million. Some of the valued uses of the coast include residential areas, coastal and water-based recreation, tourism, major and local ports, fishing and industry. Click here to see a Map of the CCB Region. Balancing planning for and management of coastal use and development is increasingly challenging particularly given the need for adaptation to climate change. The region also contains many significant natural values including landscapes, terrestrial and marine ecosystems and species of flora and fauna. The Central Coastal Board works with stakeholders and communities to protect and inform about significant coastal and marine values.

WHAT'S NEW

1. Coast to Coast Conference 2016 | MCG Melbourne | 29 August – 1 September

The Call for Contributions has now closed.

Hosted by the Victorian Coastal Council, Australia’s national coastal management conference Coast to Coast 2016 will be innovative and inspirational, with a series of multi-streamed sessions and workshops that will enable attendees to better understand and respond to coastal and marine issues and sustainable outcomes. This conference will appeal to anyone interested in or working in the field of coastal and marine research, planning, management, education, resource use and policy. To register see http://www.coasttocoast2016.org.au/registration/registration.

2. Plan Melbourne Refresh Submission

The State Government released a Discussion paper for comment, see their website for more details. The CCB provided a submission that addressed the adequacy of the recognition of sea level rise impacts, storm surge and increasing visitation to the coast as a result of greater population. To view the submission provided click here.

3. Central Regional Coastal Plan 2015-20

The Board’s Central Regional Coastal Plan was endorsed by the Minister and gazetted in September 2015.  The Plan, which is consistent with the regional plans for Gippsland and Western coasts aims to implement the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 in the Central Coast Region. It provides guidance to local coastal managers in preparing their own Local Coastal Management Plans.

regional Coastal plan graphicIt is based on stakeholder and community input gathered in 2013 and 2014 , and applies from Breamlea 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. The Plan identifies challenges at a regional level, provides direction on how the coast will be managed into the future and proposes actions to address key regional issues. The Plan incorporates the 2014 Recreational Boating Facilities Framework, which replaces the 2007 Boating Coastal Action Plan.

The Plan:

  • Recognises key regional environmental, social and economic values and the role of communities in caring for the coast;
  • Identifies and articulates key regional issues including the dynamic nature of the coastal environment and changes to the region’s resident and visitor populations;
  • Establishes strategic directions and actions to address key challenges including visitation pressures, foreshore management and increased coastal flooding and erosion hazards due to climate change;
  • Works with and builds on existing regional and local plans and strategies to promote an integrated approach to regional issues; and
  • Includes regional implementation arrangements including a monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework.

You can download the Central Regional Coastal Plan here. A simple 2-page Fact Sheet is available to download also.

You can read about the consultation for the Central Regional Coastal Plan here