What is a Coastal Management Plan?

A coastal management plan is a public document, approved by the Minister for Environment. The plan establishes an agreement between a Committee of Management (in this case Council), Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and the community as to how an area of coastal Victoria will be managed.

A Coastal Management Plan sets out the land management requirements for an area and includes a three year business plan detailing proposed works.

A Coastal Management Plan provides direction to the committee in terms of actions and activities to take place on the reserve, planned expenditure and maintenance requirements.

What are the main objectives of a Coastal Management Plan?

The main objectives of a Coastal Management Plan are to:

  • Identify and provide a vision for the management of coastal Crown land for the future in accordance with the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014, any relevant Coastal Action Plans, as well as other applicable legislation, policy and planning documents
  • Identify the environmental, heritage and recreational values of the area
  • Develop key objectives and strategies for the protection and enhance of these values
  • Guide future use and management
  • Provide a prioritised list of actions and time frame in which they could be achieved (three year business plan)
  • Identify resources and/or possible sources of income and grants that could be used to complete priority actions
  • Provide a framework for coordinated and informed decision making, management and engagement with the community and key stakeholders
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders in the management and implementation of the actions for the coastal Crown land
  • Provide a process for monitoring and review

A Coastal Management Plan helps to guide the development of more detailed masterplans and works for the area. It provides support for future bids for funds from Government Agencies and other funding sources.

What does the three year business plan do?

The three year business plan describes the proposed works to be undertaken. It also outlines potential foreshore income and expenditure.

While the business plan should be reviewed every three years, some of the proposed actions are on-going or may extend beyond this timeframe. Consideration is given to current and anticipated future land use demands, pressures and the capacity of different areas to absorb those pressures without the loss of important values.

Why is the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) involved?

DELWP manages Crown land on behalf of all Victorians.  In some cases the DELWP delegates these management responsibilities to Committees of Management (in this case Glenelg Shire Council).

DELWP directly manages some of the coastal Crown land to be included in this Coastal Management Plan and has provided the funding to Council to undertake its development.

Any proposal to use or develop coastal Crown land must gain written consent from DELWP under the Coastal Management Act 1995. The sea-bed is unreserved Crown land managed by DELWP.

Committees of Management are required to provide financial or audited statements to DELWP and can request help or advice as required. 

What area is to be covered by the Plan?

The Plan will cover all coastal Crown land from the Portland foreshore and Trawler Wharf in the south then north to Henty Bay Caravan Park in Dutton Way (as outlined in yellow in the map). This area contains a mixture of Crown land managed either directly by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning or by Council as Committee of Management.

Where does the Coastal Management Plan sit in relation with other Plans and documents?

The structure and relationship between documents relating specifically to coastal planning and management in Victoria is shown in the Figure below.

What challenges does coastal Crown land face?

  • Coastal hazards (storm events, king tides, flooding, erosion, landslips and rockfalls)
  • Climate change
  • Pollution and contaminants
  • Pests and weeds
  • Demand and conflicting uses
  • Population change
  • Public safety and access
  • Bushfire prevention

Who’s developing the Portland Coastal Management Plan?

Council obtained funding from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to undertake the development of the Portland Coastal Management Plan. Council has engaged the firm fitzgerald frisby landscape architecture to develop the Plan.

Where does the Portland Foreshore Masterplan fit?

  • The Portland Foreshore Masterplan will be referenced in and sits under the Portland Coastal Management Plan. 
  • Preliminary consultation on the foreshore area between the Portland Trawler Wharf and Nuns Beach has occurred as part of the Portland Foreshore Master Plan and will be taken into account as part of the public consultation process for the Portland Coastal Management Plan (it does not plan to re-visit this).
  • Consultation for the Portland Coastal Management Plan will focus more on the area north from Nuns Beach as this section of coastline has not received the same level of community consultation and input as that of the foreshore area. 

How do I provide my feedback?

Consultation on the Draft Portland Coastal Management Plan has closed. The Draft Plan will now be finalised for submission and approval by Council and State Government.

Feedback and comments on the Draft Portland Coastal Management Plan are invaluable to us as they help us to help determine if we are on the right track with the document or if changes need to be made.

What happens to my feedback?

The feedback received during the second phase of consultation will inform the preparation of an updated Draft Coastal Management Plan. Following review of the comments, the Coastal Management Plan will then be finalised. It is anticipated that this will be completed by late 2017 or early 2018.