With 192 kilometres of coastline along Port Phillip and Western Port, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council (MPSC) has a strong interest and long-standing commitment to being leaders in coastal planning.
The MPSC directly manages a number of coastal foreshore reserves, primarily through formal delegation to MPSC as Committee of Management by the State Government.. The MPSC also engages with the State government to influence broader coastal policy matters such as the Victorian Coastal Strategy and the Regional Coastal Action Plan. The MPSC is also an active member of the Association of Bayside Municipalities and the National Sea Change Taskforce Council directly employs experienced coastal planners who are responsible for facilitating positive outcomes for the coast through advocacy with partner agencies and the State government, liaising with the community, developing management plans, reviewing planning applications and coordinating improvement projects.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council appoints Foreshore Advisory Groups to complement Council’s designated coastal planning and management responsibilities. These groups consist of volunteer community members that have a strong passion and commitment to the coast. Foreshore Advisory Groups provide valuable local knowledge and history that is used to inform strategic plans. They act as a key link for community consultation and provide advice feedback on issues related to management, projects, policy initiatives and protection of the foreshore reserves.
Foreshore Advisory Group members are generally appointed by Council for a term of three (3) years. At the end of that period, new nominations for membership are invited. This system of fixed term appointments aims to provide regular opportunities for interested community members to be involved in shaping the future of the foreshore reserves. Members are selected with a view to be representative of the local community.
Mornington Peninsula Shire has developed the following suite of plans to guide management of our coastlines:
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Central Coastal Board with Mornington Peninsula Shire (2005)
The Mount Eliza to Point Nepean CAP takes a whole of Peninsula perspective on issues affecting this area. It is a key tool for implementing the Victorian Coastal Strategy and provides long-term vision and strategic actions for the coordinated management and planning of the Mornington Peninsula.
Mornington Peninsula Shire has developed a number of Coastal Management Plans to provide direction for day-to-day management of an area of coast. A business plan is included to outline management requirements, proposed works and budget priorities.
Mornington Peninsula Shire has also produced a number of other plans to provide more detailed guidance in relation to particular reserves or activities.