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. 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 (CCB) works with stakeholders and communities to protect and inform about significant coastal and marine values.



The CCB has published a number of discussion papers in 2016.




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.

Download the Central Regional Coastal Plan 2015-2020, or the simple two page Fact Sheet.

Read about the consultation for the Central Regional Coastal Plan.