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Caring for our coastal and marine areas

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Coastal and Marine Management Plan

Council is working to develop a five-year plan, known as the Coastal and Marine Management Plan (CMMP). The plan will set our vision, objectives, and actions for Kingston’s coastal and marine areas. Strategic, 'big-picture' planning allows us to better coordinate our approach to coastal and marine management.

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Kingston’s popular coastal and marine areas are well used and attract thousands of visitors annually. These areas support a diverse, and at times competing, range of interests and values. Our sandy beaches, vegetated dunes, waterways, and the Bay play an important role in sustaining unique and significant ecosystems. Foreshore facilities help to enhance our coastal experience, and our coastal areas are home to many clubs and community organisations, and commercial ventures.

In developing the CMMP, we will be looking at a wide range of social, environmental, and economic aspects to identify opportunities to improve our coast, to balance demands, and to enhance resilience to challenges such as urban growth, coastal hazards and a changing climate.  

It is important that the CMMP is shaped in consultation with our local community, Traditional Owners, the agencies that share responsibility for management of the foreshore, and other stakeholders.

The plan will include a range of Council-wide initiatives, as well as location-specific actions for different sections of our coastline. It will also outline an implementation pathway including works scheduling and prioritisation, as well as funding avenues and opportunities.

Developing the plan

Building on Kingston’s existing strategies and coastal management experience, our CMMP will respond to present-day and emerging issues. We will be shaping up goals, actions, and projects for management of our foreshore and its adjacent marine areas.

Our approach will be driven and guided by new Victorian Government legislation and policy (the Marine and Coastal Act 2018 and the recently adopted Marine and Coastal Policy). The plan development and its outcomes will see us working closely with key stakeholders, agencies, and our community.

The process

We’re currently in the early stages of the project and are beginning to have conversations with those who use and manage our coastal and marine areas around the key issues and challenges they face. These discussions will be used to help inform a summary document, highlighting key strategies and opportunities available to help manage important values and issues and improve our coast.

Later stages of the project will build on this work to develop the five-year management plan. This will include further engagement to understand and develop management options and priority actions.

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As we progress with developing our CMMP, there will be opportunities for you to guide the development of this plan.

You can join our mailing list, to be kept up-to-date with the project’s progress and be the first to know when community consultation opens.