The Barwon Coast Committee of Management Inc. (Barwon Coast) has prepared a Draft Coastal and Marine Management Plan (CMMP) 2020-2025 for the coastal Crown Land Reserve, around Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads; between eastern Collendina and the western end of Thirteenth Beach.
The CMMP describes a long-term vision for the Barwon coastline that reflects community aspirations and policy directions for marine and coastal management. The vision for the Barwon Coast CMMP is:
‘The natural environment of our coastline will flourish whilst meeting the needs of our engaged communities’
The CMMP outlines a set of guiding principles and ten-year objectives for the long-term management of the Reserve. It includes outcomes for each objective and specific actions to be implemented by Barwon Coast and its partners over the five years from 2020-2025.
The three pillars of the CMMP are natural and cultural values, planning and integration and sustainable use and enjoyment. The CMMP identifies planning requirements to address increased visitation and demand for access and coastal hazards and climate change. It also addresses priorities related to accessibility, financial sustainability, coordination and engagement and Traditional Owner inclusion.
The Draft CMMP has been developed by Barwon Coast in accordance with the Marine and Coastal Act 2018. Planning has involved consultation with the community, government agencies and Traditional Owners. The draft CMMP is also informed by a review of legislation and policy and technical studies. Delivery of the CMMP will be underpinned by arrangements for monitoring, evaluation, reporting and improvement.
Barwon Coast is inviting feedback on the Draft CMMP throughout December 2019 to the 10th of February 2020.
Alternately call Barwon Coast’s office on (03) 5254 1118 to obtain further information.
Ask questions in person:
Barwon Coast will conduct two, face to face, listening posts where people can ask questions of Barwon Coast Staff and receive information on the engagement and how to contribute, and also how to obtain a hard-copy of the CMMP.
Both Listening Posts will be held on Saturday 7th of December 2019.
For Ocean Grove, we will be at Ocean Grove Main Beach on the terraces near the main public toilet from 8 to 10 am.
For Barwon Heads, we will be at the Rotunda in Lahey Square opposite the Barwon Heads Hotel between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.
Saturday 7 December 2019 08:00 am – 10:00 am
Ocean Grove Listening Post @ Main Beach
Saturday 7 December 2019 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Barwon Heads Listening Post @ Lahey Sq Rotunda