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 focused 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 now in the later stages of developing the CMMP. 

    We have developed a draft CMMP, informed by discussions with communities, rightsholders and stakeholders over the last year. Our understanding of the things people love about these areas, what they would change, and their ideas for the future has laid the foundation for the development of a vision, objectives, management principles and actions contained within the draft CMMP. 

    The draft is now available for public comment until 24 June 2024.

    How can I get involved?

    With development of the CMMP now in the later stages, you have a chance to give us your feedback on the draft Plan. 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!

    You can find and read the draft CMMP on the Your Say page. You have the option to read the full Plan, or you can select just those sections that relate specifically to your community.

    Public exhibition of the draft will be open until to 24 June 2024

    Details on how you can provide your feedback online or attend one of our webinars s available on the Your Say page.

    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.