(03) 9637 9463 ccb@delwp.vic.gov.au

Coastal Action Plans

CENTRAL REGIONAL COASTAL PLAN

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 also provides guidance to local coastal managers in preparing their own Local Coastal Management Plans.

It is based on stakeholder and community input gathered in 2013 and 2014 , and applies from Breamlea in the west to Inverloch in the east. The region is home to over 4.5 million residents and hosts over 40 million visitors per year, particularly to Port Phillip and Western Port bays. 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.

View the Central Regional Coastal Plan or the summary two page Fact Sheet.

CONSULTATION FOR THE CENTRAL REGIONAL COASTAL PLAN

BACKGROUND

In 2014, the Central Coastal Board, in partnership with the Western and Gippsland Coastal Boards, the Victorian Coastal Council, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, completed the first round of consultation for the three Regional Coastal Plans being developed for Victoria’s coastline. More than 70 submissions were received on the concept and direction of the three Regional Coastal Plans. The strong community response showed just how important the Victorian coastline is to the community, and how seriously Victoria’s coastal managers and tiers of government take their responsibilities to meet the expectations of communities.

The Board used this initial round of public consultation to develop a Draft Central Regional Coastal Plan, which the Board released on 9th February 2015. The Board invited feedback about the draft plan from organisations and individuals with an interest in the coast. Feedback closed on 31st March 2015. The Board received 65 submissions specifically about the Central Coastal Region and another 13 addressing statewide issues.

In the first half of March 2015, the Board held seven formal meetings about the draft Plan in Geelong, Frankston and Port Melbourne to encourage discussion about the draft plan. This included separate:

  • meetings with leaders of coastal management organisations, such as local councils, to identify strategic issues
  • sessions with coastal management practitioners to discuss planning, management operational issues and
  • opened public forums to explain the plans and understand the coastal values important to the region’s coastal communities.

All of the meetings were attended by a member of the Victorian Coastal Council to present the Victorian Coastal Strategy and answer any related questions. Several members of the Central Coastal Board were at each meeting.

Written submissions were received from local government, coastal committees of management, state government departments, catchment management authorities, public land managers, environmental groups, recreation groups, Indigenous groups and individuals.

WHAT THE SUBMISSIONS SAID ABOUT THE DRAFT REGIONAL COASTAL PLAN

  • There was a wide level of support for the Plan, and many people recognised the merit of planning at a regional level. Many submitters thought that the Plan broadly addressed key issues, and that the actions were appropriate for the regional scale and had good links to local issues.
  • There were a range of ideas raised to improve the Plan.
  • A common request was for the Plan to explain clearly the links with the Victorian Coastal Strategy and statutory planning processes.
  • There was a strong theme that the Regional Coastal Plan should recognise and align with existing strategies, plans and initiatives, such as regional growth plans and regional catchment and waterway strategies.
  • Several submissions wanted the Plan to acknowledge and draw more on existing scientific knowledge and policy, e.g. about climate change, erosion and inundation, and key features and values in the region.
  • Many submitters held concerns about the long-term condition of a wide range of coastal values.
  • The need to appreciate and protect natural values, such as significant coastal ecosystems and habitat, was particularly important in the face of pressures such as competing interests, increasing population and urbanisation, climate change and resource limitations.
  • Several submissions noted the importance of acknowledging and protecting cultural values.
  • There was concern about the lack of coordination in coastal planning and management.
  • Coastal planning and management needs to balance interests that are sometimes in conflict, and enforce regulations that control how people interact with coasts.
  • Funding for coastal management, and to implement the Plan, was a real concern. Many coastal managers noted the limited options for generating funds and the need for sustainable and equitable funding.
  • There was broad support for stronger statements about climate change and all of its implications for the coast. Many also wanted more specific actions about avoiding future costs and adapting to climate change and increasing coastal hazards.
  • Population growth was seen as putting pressure on the existing coastal character.
  • In addition to government agencies working together better, community involvement was vital to successfully monitor, manage and protect coastal values. Community engagement and participation needs to be supported.
  • Several submitters raised the need for monitoring of coastal and marine environments to better understand what is happening now and to identify future changes.
  • Several mentioned that the Plan needed clearer process for implementation of the actions including monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • In addition to these major areas of feedback, many submitters identified a broad range of local issues which the Board considered.
  • Many submitters also identified errors in the detail of the draft Plan, and the Board worked hard to address these to ensure that all information in the Plan was accurate.

HOW WERE THE COMMENTS AND SUBMISSIONS USED TO FINALISE THE PLANS?

The written submissions and the feedback from meetings during the consultation process about the draft Plan were a key part of revising and finalising the Plan. The Board read and analysed all submissions and the notes from each meeting.

Read about the issues raised during consultation and how this was used to finalise the Central Regional Coastal Plan.

Recreational Boating Facilities Framework

The CCB has released the Recreational Boating Facilities Framework (RBFF) to assist the transition from a specialised Boating Coastal Action Plan 2007 (BCAP) to the integrated Regional Coastal Plan. The Framework replaces the BCAP. It consolidates the information on the current state and preferred future of recreational boating facilities for the central coast region. The implementation of the framework is enabled as an action under the Regional Coastal Plan.

Recreational boating is an important activity for a growing number of Victorians, and delivers economic benefit to coastal communities. It is particularly significant in the central coastal region where Port Phillip and Western Port Bays offer diverse boating opportunities. The Recreational Boating Facilities Framework has drawn from:

  • the Boating Coastal Action Plan 2007, which has been extensively reviewed
  • input from an inter-agency steering committee
  • stakeholder workshops in five locations around the bays and various individual meetings.
  • an update of the Boating Service Levels Index (BSLI) reporting on the condition of facilities and a study of boating trends and demand.

Download the Recreational Boating Facilities Framework

Download the Asset Sheets for Boating Facilities

Boating Coastal Action Plan 2007

mtelizacapcover1small

Mount Eliza to Point Nepean Coastal Action Plan 2005
The Mt Eliza to Point Nepean CAP addresses the challenge of managing high demands for recreational use along the Mornington Peninsula.

 

coriocapimagesmall

Corio Bay Coastal Action Plan 2005
The Corio Bay CAP is a sub-regional planning document for the coastal areas around Corio Bay.

 

Waterfront Geelong Coastal Action Plan 1998
Closed 2004 with ongoing actions carried over to Corio Bay CAP.