Draft Northern Bellarine Coastal and marine management plan released for public consultation

 Bellarine Bayside has released the Draft Northern Bellarine Coastal and Marine Management Plan (the Draft CMMP) for public consultation.

The Draft CMMP has been developed in accordance with the Marine and Coastal Act 2018 to guide the future protection, enhancement, development and management of 17km of northern Bellarine coastal Crown land reserve extending from Point Richards in Portarlington to Beach Road in St Leonards. It does so by setting the vision and goals guiding the management of the reserve through strategic actions and an implementation plan of works for the next five years.

Consultation with the community, partner agencies, stakeholders and Traditional Owners has been integral to inform the planning process of the Draft CMMP. Following an independent review of the previous strategic plan (The Northern Bellarine Foreshore Plan 2012 and Master Plan 2013), a comprehensive Issues and Options Discussion Paper was released alongside a community survey to gauge what the community value along the foreshore, as well as gather local knowledge on issues the community feels need to be addressed.

Community aspirations, legislative requirements and state government policy framework are reflected within the Draft CMMP, guiding development of the vision, goals and strategic actions. In addition to this, precinct-specific actions were further developed by also taking into consideration management priorities and resources.

Have your say

We invited feedback on the Draft CMMP from 11 December 2019 to 31 January 2020.

This consultation is now closed.

Project timeline (indicative):

COMPLETE

  • Independent review of The Northern Bellarine Foreshore Plan 2012 and Master Plan 2013
  • Community and stakeholder consultation on Issues and Options Discussion Paper: April – May 2019
  • Analysis and evaluation of survey responses and work through the key topics and issues identified in partnership with key stakeholders and agency partners: May – September 2019
  • Preparation of Draft Plan: September – November 2019
  • Community and stakeholder consultation on the Draft Northern Bellarine Coastal and Marine Management Plan: 11 December 2019 – 31 January 2020

CURRENT

  • Analysis and evaluation of survey responses and work through the key topics and issues identified in partnership with key stakeholders and agency partners: February – May 2020

FUTURE

  • Submission of the final Northern Bellarine Coastal and Marine Management Plan 2020-2025 to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for Ministerial approval: mid-2020

Project Documentation