We love our coastal environment and in fact, that is why we love living here on the Mornington Peninsula.
Increasingly however we are seeing challenges related to keeping our public coastal spaces pristine and readily available for visitors.
Early last year I addressed this issue in my submission to the Central Coastal Board and you can view and download my submission at this link.
Further to the following publication of the Central Regional Coastal Plan, there has been much community debate about the future management and funding of our coastal assets.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have also been considering the amalgamation of some coastal foreshore management committees which in principle I support, conditional on commensurate funding streams being made available.
Needless to say, we are in the midst of this discussion as the Government seeks public feedback to proposed amendments to the Coastal Management Act and replacing it with a new Act. It is my understanding that the Government are still accepting submissions.
Earlier this year I requested participation in the Parliamentary Internship program so that we could do some further local research on this topic.
Our intern was Ellen Gray and her detailed report is excellent and in fact was awarded the prize for ‘Most Outstanding Parliamentary Internship Report’ and was awarded to Ellen at Parliament house on 24th August 2016.
You are welcome to view and download Ellen’s report at this link and suffice to say I and my office team are extremely proud of Ellen for such a great job done.
Her report focuses specifically on management and funding, on the basis that if the Coast is not funded, it will not be managed.
You are welcome to contact me at any time should you wish to discuss or share ideas on any aspect of this issue.