Coastal Advisory Groups

Coastal Advisory Groups play a crucial role in advising and assisting the Shire in the use, development, planning, management, protection, and enhancement of our coastlines. These groups will serve as a channel for communication between the Shire and the broader community regarding coastal projects.

Coastal Advisory Groups consist of community members with a diverse range of experience and knowledge and operate under a Council-adopted Terms of Reference, Volunteer Policy and Code of Conduct.

The purpose of the Coastal Advisory Groups is to provide Council with advice during the development of coastal strategic planning documents, such as Coastal Adaptation Plans and Coastal and Marine Management Plans, as well as in the implementation of associated actions.  

As the Committee of Management for 64km of the Mornington Peninsula’s coastline, we recognise the importance of local knowledge and community involvement in coastal management decisions. These groups will also serve as a channel for communication between the Shire and the broader community.

The group is not responsible for the day-to-day operational issues at the Shire, is not a decision-making committee, and has no responsibility for the Shire Budget.

Expressions of interest

We recently closed our EOI in recruiting 45 positions for our five Coastal Advisory Groups: 

  • Northern Port Phillip: Mount Eliza, Mornington, Mount Martha 
  • Central Port Phillip: Safety Beach, Rosebud, McCrae 
  • Southern Port Phillip: Rye, Sorrento, Portsea 
  • Northern Western Port: Bittern, Hastings, Somerville 
  • Southern Western Port: Somers, Flinders.

Applications closed on 19 April.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. Successful candidates will be required to meet four times per year.