Map of the Central Coastal Board Region
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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. 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.