Draft Coastal and Marine Management Plan

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Project Description

Over the past 12 months, Council has been developing a Coastal and Marine Management Plan (CMMP) for the coastal communities across East Gippsland. Led by Victorian Government legislation (the Marine and Coastal Act 2018) and policy (Marine and Coastal Policy, 2020), the Plan will guide sustainable management of Council-managed coastal reserves.

The East Gippsland coast encompasses diverse environments from coastal wilderness and open sandy beaches to tranquil lakes, inlets and estuaries, including the iconic Gippsland Lakes. These coastal and marine areas are special for many different reasons. With a range of values and uses across the region, and limited coastal space, balancing these values and uses can be difficult. The CMMP will provide a coordinated and integrated approach to balance the many environmental, cultural, economic and social values of these areas, particularly with a changing climate and developing communities.

Importantly, Council already has a number of Foreshore Management Plans guiding management of our coastal areas. However, with new legislation and a significant amount of work completed, many of these plans are now outdated. Guided by community values, experiences, and State legislation, the new CMMP will provide an update to these plans and improve consistency across the Shire. In developing the CMMP, and in action delivery, Council will ensure that partners including Traditional Owners, Parks Victoria and Coastal Management Authorities have shared direction to work together to achieve the best outcomes for our marine and coastal environment.

The draft CMMP

Since the project’s launch last year, we have been building our understanding of what our communities love about the coast, what they would change, and their ideas for the future. We have now developed a draft CMMP, available for public comment. Community, rightsholder and stakeholder input has laid the foundation for the new Plan and has informed the Plan’s management approach and priority actions, both across the Shire and for each of the East Gippsland coastal communities.

The draft Plan includes:

  • A shire-wide vision shaped by community and stakeholder reflections, expectations and aspirations for East Gippsland’s coastal, lake and marine spaces.
  • An overview of the values, challenges and opportunities for managing our coastal and marine areas, both Shire-wide and within our 10 East Gippsland coastal communities, closely informed by community, rightsholder and stakeholder engagement.
  • Objectives for the CMMP that align with State legislation.
  • Priority actions over the next 5-10 years, both shire-wide and for each of our ten communities.
  • A pathway to implement and track actions.
The draft Plan will be available for public comment until 24 June 2024.

Draft CMMP – how can I get involved?

We want to make sure the draft Plan reflects the interests of the community. This includes all those who use, care for, and rely upon our coastal and marine areas – our residents, businesses, visitors, workforce, rightsholders and other stakeholders – we want to hear from you!

How to provide your feedback

Community webinars

We’re also hosting a series of online webinar sessions to present the key elements of the draft CMMP. Join us for a walk through of how we developed the draft CMMP and key elements of our approach to marine and coastal management. Register for your preferred session below (all webinars will be the same agenda):

Webinar

Date

Time

Registration link

Webinar #1

Wednesday 5 June 2024

10.00 am-11.00 am

Register here

Webinar #2

Wednesday 5 June 2024

6.00 pm-7.00 pm

Register here

Webinar #3

Thursday 6 June 2024

3.00 pm- 4.00 pm

Register here


We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the draft Plan.


How to read the Draft CMMP

The Draft CMMP is an extensive document covering both Shire-wide and community-specific aspects. The document is set out in sections. We recommend reading the introduction and Shire-wide sections (Sections 1-3) first, then reading the section relevant to your community.

Sections 1-3

Introduction and Shire-wide coastal and marine management

Section 4

Paynesville and Newlands Arm

Section 5

Raymond Island

Section 6

Eagle Point

Section 7

Metung

Section 8

Nungurner

Section 9

Lakes Entrance

Section 10

Lake Tyers Beach

Section 11

Marlo

Section 12

Bemm River

Section 13

Mallacoota

Section 14-15

Implementation and references

Attachments

Engagement approach, document review and mapping supplements


Alternatively, you can find and read the full draft CMMP HERE. If you’re short on time, you can read our Guide document HERE; this provides an overview of the CMMP and our management approach.

Community engagement

With development of the CMMP now in the later stages, we want to hear your feedback on the draft Plan. The Draft Plan will be available for public comment until 24 June 2024. For details, see the 'Draft CMMP – how can I get involved?'.

Whether you’re a full-time resident, occasional visitor, or work in the area, we want to hear your perspectives on the Draft Plan and how we can better manage these valued areas.



Project Description

Over the past 12 months, Council has been developing a Coastal and Marine Management Plan (CMMP) for the coastal communities across East Gippsland. Led by Victorian Government legislation (the Marine and Coastal Act 2018) and policy (Marine and Coastal Policy, 2020), the Plan will guide sustainable management of Council-managed coastal reserves.

The East Gippsland coast encompasses diverse environments from coastal wilderness and open sandy beaches to tranquil lakes, inlets and estuaries, including the iconic Gippsland Lakes. These coastal and marine areas are special for many different reasons. With a range of values and uses across the region, and limited coastal space, balancing these values and uses can be difficult. The CMMP will provide a coordinated and integrated approach to balance the many environmental, cultural, economic and social values of these areas, particularly with a changing climate and developing communities.

Importantly, Council already has a number of Foreshore Management Plans guiding management of our coastal areas. However, with new legislation and a significant amount of work completed, many of these plans are now outdated. Guided by community values, experiences, and State legislation, the new CMMP will provide an update to these plans and improve consistency across the Shire. In developing the CMMP, and in action delivery, Council will ensure that partners including Traditional Owners, Parks Victoria and Coastal Management Authorities have shared direction to work together to achieve the best outcomes for our marine and coastal environment.

The draft CMMP

Since the project’s launch last year, we have been building our understanding of what our communities love about the coast, what they would change, and their ideas for the future. We have now developed a draft CMMP, available for public comment. Community, rightsholder and stakeholder input has laid the foundation for the new Plan and has informed the Plan’s management approach and priority actions, both across the Shire and for each of the East Gippsland coastal communities.

The draft Plan includes:

  • A shire-wide vision shaped by community and stakeholder reflections, expectations and aspirations for East Gippsland’s coastal, lake and marine spaces.
  • An overview of the values, challenges and opportunities for managing our coastal and marine areas, both Shire-wide and within our 10 East Gippsland coastal communities, closely informed by community, rightsholder and stakeholder engagement.
  • Objectives for the CMMP that align with State legislation.
  • Priority actions over the next 5-10 years, both shire-wide and for each of our ten communities.
  • A pathway to implement and track actions.
The draft Plan will be available for public comment until 24 June 2024.

Draft CMMP – how can I get involved?

We want to make sure the draft Plan reflects the interests of the community. This includes all those who use, care for, and rely upon our coastal and marine areas – our residents, businesses, visitors, workforce, rightsholders and other stakeholders – we want to hear from you!

How to provide your feedback

Community webinars

We’re also hosting a series of online webinar sessions to present the key elements of the draft CMMP. Join us for a walk through of how we developed the draft CMMP and key elements of our approach to marine and coastal management. Register for your preferred session below (all webinars will be the same agenda):

Webinar

Date

Time

Registration link

Webinar #1

Wednesday 5 June 2024

10.00 am-11.00 am

Register here

Webinar #2

Wednesday 5 June 2024

6.00 pm-7.00 pm

Register here

Webinar #3

Thursday 6 June 2024

3.00 pm- 4.00 pm

Register here


We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the draft Plan.


How to read the Draft CMMP

The Draft CMMP is an extensive document covering both Shire-wide and community-specific aspects. The document is set out in sections. We recommend reading the introduction and Shire-wide sections (Sections 1-3) first, then reading the section relevant to your community.

Sections 1-3

Introduction and Shire-wide coastal and marine management

Section 4

Paynesville and Newlands Arm

Section 5

Raymond Island

Section 6

Eagle Point

Section 7

Metung

Section 8

Nungurner

Section 9

Lakes Entrance

Section 10

Lake Tyers Beach

Section 11

Marlo

Section 12

Bemm River

Section 13

Mallacoota

Section 14-15

Implementation and references

Attachments

Engagement approach, document review and mapping supplements


Alternatively, you can find and read the full draft CMMP HERE. If you’re short on time, you can read our Guide document HERE; this provides an overview of the CMMP and our management approach.

Community engagement

With development of the CMMP now in the later stages, we want to hear your feedback on the draft Plan. The Draft Plan will be available for public comment until 24 June 2024. For details, see the 'Draft CMMP – how can I get involved?'.

Whether you’re a full-time resident, occasional visitor, or work in the area, we want to hear your perspectives on the Draft Plan and how we can better manage these valued areas.



  • Draft CMMP public exhibition 24 May 2024

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    The draft CMMP for East Gippsland has been released for public exhibition and feedback.

    Community feedback on the Draft Plan is welcome from 24 May 2024 until 24 June 2024.

    We want to make sure the Draft Plan reflects the interests of the community; this includes all those who use, care for, and rely upon our coastal and marine areas – our residents, businesses, visitors, workforce, rightsholders and other stakeholders – we want to hear from you!


    For details on how you can read the draft Plan, provide feedback through our survey, or attend a presentation of the draft at one of our up-coming webinars, see 'Draft CMMP – how can I get involved?'


  • 21 December 2023

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    Seven months of community engagement we listened and learnt

    Two engagement documents have been produced and are now available in the documents section. Alternatively, click on one of the links below:

    • CMMP community engagement summary December 2023
    • CMMP December project summary

    Further detail will be in the Draft Report.

    Pop-up information session times 12 Dec 2023

    Come and meet with our staff and expert consultants to share your thoughts, concerns or ideas on your coastal environment.

    We are holding pop-up engagement sessions to assist in making informed decisions on the management of East Gippsland’s coastal and marine region.

    This is the first step in developing our Coastal and Marine Management Plan.

    You can meet with us at:

    Lake Tyers Monday 26 June, 3.00 – 4.30 pm at Skidale Reserve

    Metung Tuesday 27 June, 9.00 – 10.30 am at the Village Green

    Lakes Entrance Tuesday 27 June 2.30 – 4.00 pm at the foreshore next to the footbridge, and 6.30 – 8.00 pm at Mechanics Hall.

    Bairnsdale Wednesday 28 June 9.00 – 11.00 am Bairnsdale Library forecourt

    Paynesville Wednesday 28 June 2.30 – 4.00 pm at the Service Centre forecourt, and 6.30 – 8.00 pm at the Service Centre meeting room.

    Note: we will visit our eastern coastal communities of Bemm River, Marlo and Mallacoota later in the year.

    Your input at these pop-up sessions will help us build our understanding of what our community loves about the coast, what they would change, and their ideas for the future. This includes looking at previous projects and plans to capture management to date and what communities have already told us.

    Led by Victorian Government legislation and policy, our Coastal and Marine Management Plan will guide sustainable management of Council-managed coastal reserves.

  • 10 May 2023 - Project launch

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    Council has commenced the development of a Coastal and Marine Management Plan for East Gippsland Shire. This project will focus on bringing together the marine and coastal values, challenges and opportunities across 10 coastal communities. The plan will help us to better manage these special places over the next 5-10 years.

    Get involved by dropping a pin on the interactive map, sharing your favourite memory, or telling us more about the East Gippsland coast.

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