Residents are being encouraged to have their say on a five-year plan that maps out the future of one of Wyndham’s greatest assets—the coast.
Environment and Sustainability Portfolio Holder Cr Heather Marcus said the Draft Coastal and Marine Management Plan was developed in consultation with the community, and encouraged residents to provide their feedback on the draft document.
Residents and visitors were asked what they love most about the coast, what they use most, and what they would like to see. The Council drafted the plan with the feedback received. The plan focuses on four key themes.
“Firstly, it’s about protecting what is unique—ensuring protection and recognition of the coast’s unique habitat, agricultural, historic, marine sanctuary, indigenous and volcanic landscape values,” Cr Marcus said.
The plan also focuses on developing an integrated planning framework, strategic partnerships and State Government advocacy priorities to facilitate future sustainable land use and development along the coast.
“Another key theme is ensuring that coastal developments protect against adverse environmental impacts, responds to anticipated sea level rises, activates key activity areas, and facilitates community and tourism access to our coastline,” Cr Marcus said.
“And finally, it’s about improving connectivity and coastal access to natural places for all people to enjoy.”
The Draft Coastal and Marine Management Plan is open for public feedback until Monday, 17 February. To read the document and provide feedback visit www.theloop.wyndham.vic.gov.au/coastal-management-plan