What is a Coastal and Marine Management Plan?

    A Coastal and Marine Management Plan (CMMP) sets the vision, objectives and priority actions for future management of coastal and marine areas. A CMMP helps to translate State policy into on-ground actions and must be approved by the Minister for Environment. The Plans also establish an agreement between the Victorian Government, the land manager (in our case Council) and the community about how we manage an area of the coast

    Which communities is the plan focussed on?

    Council has a number of Foreshore Management Plans across different communities. This new CMMP will update and combine previous Foreshore Management Plans into a coordinated, Shire-wide Plan. The CMMP focuses on areas of Crown land for which Council is responsible. These areas centre around ten communities:

    • Paynesville and Newlands Arm
    • Raymond Island
    • Eagle Point
    • Metung (including Tambo Bay, Tambo Bluff and Chinaman’s Creek)
    • Nungurner
    • Lakes Entrance (including Cunningham Arm, North Arm, Bullock Island, Lake Bunga)
    • Lake Tyers Beach
    • Marlo
    • Bemm River
    • Mallacoota

    While the focus will be on Council-managed coastal reserves, we will also integrate surrounding land and marine uses and values.

    How long will the CMMP take to develop?

    We are at the early stages of developing the CMMP. This means gathering an understanding of the things people love, what they would change and their ideas for the future of these areas. We will then be developing a vision, objectives and actions to form a draft CMMP which will be available for public comment later in the year.

    How can I get involved?

    We want the CMMP to reflect 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, and other stakeholders. To help us make informed decisions, it is important to understand what the community loves about the coast, and where there might be concerns or challenges.

    Whether you’re a resident, visitor or work in these areas, we want to hear:

    • what you love about the coast
    • what you would change
    • your ideas for the future.

    Visit our activities and drop a pin on the map, tell us more about the East Gippsland coast, or share your favourite memory of the coast. We will also be holding community engagement events over the coming months, so stay tuned.   

    Who else is involved?

    The care and management of coastal and marine areas involves many people and organisations. Everyone plays a role in looking after these areas both now and into the future.

    We are having conversations with many agencies, stakeholders and rightsholders. This includes different Council departments, Traditional Owners of the region, Parks Victoria, the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and the State Government Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA). It is important to involve a range of stakeholders to ensure actions in the CMMP are coordinated and balance the wide range of, sometimes competing, interests.