Coastal and Marine Management Plan

Help create the Borough's new Coastal and Marine Management Plan


Last updated: February 2021
Current status: Consultation results available

Quick links:
Read a copy of the results of the first consultation stage.
You can watch a recording of the Q&A webinar with Council's planning team here


Why we're developing a Coastal and Marine Management Plan

The Borough’s coasts are special places. They’re among our most popular recreational spaces and tourist attractions, while also playing an important environmental role. To ensure our coasts are managed in a way that protects and preserves these features, we’re developing a long-term Coastal and Marine Management Plan.

Council’s Coastal and Marine Management Plan will provide a roadmap for how we’ll use, manage and protect our coastal landscapes. This will help ensure individual developments or changes on the coast are considered strategically and in line with community priorities.

Your input will help shape the plan. We want to hear what you think Council’s priorities should be for managing our coastal areas over the next ten years. There are plenty of ways to share your ideas as the project progresses, and the first consultation stage is now under way.


Learn more about the plan

Join our planning team for an interactive webinar on Zoom.
This event took place on 14 January. You can watch a recording of the Q&A webinar with Council's planning team here

Read the background issues paper.
Council's Planning team put together an issues paper in June that discusses some of the challenges and considerations for coastal management in the Borough in the coming years. You can read the issues paper on Council's website for more context on the plan and some of the considerations our planning team will be taking into account as the plan is develiped.


Provide input and feedback to help create the plan

The first stage of consultation for this project closed on 31 January 2021. We asked about how you use our coasts, what you think our coastal managment priorities should be going forward, and how we should manage individual sectiosn of coastline differently from each other. You can read a report containing the results of this consultation here.


What is the Marine and Coastal Act and why is it important?

The Marine and Coastal Act 2018 (also known as MACA) was introduced by the Victorian Government in August 2018 to provide a simpler, more integrated and coordinated approach to planning marine and coastal environment.

The new Act does this by:

  • enabling protection of the coastline and the ability to address the long-term challenges of climate change, population growth and ageing coastal structures; and
  • ensuring that partners work together to achieve the best outcomes for Victoria’s marine and coastal environment.



What does Council need its own Coastal and Marine Management Plan for?

Currently, the Borough of Queenscliffe must apply for specific consent with regards to MACA from the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning whenever any use, development or works is requested on marine and coastal Crown land.

This includes such well-loved locations as the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and Shortland's Bluff, but also includes any Crown land up to 200 metres inland of the high water mark of Victorian coastal waters. In an area surrounded by water, like our Borough, that means a lot.

By preparing our own Coastal Management Plan specific to MACA, Council can streamline the application process on future projects, resulting in faster turnaround times and more regular maintenance and regeneration of our most treasured local sites.