Port Phillip Coastal Project

Over the past two years, four Port Phillip Bay municipalities have been involved in a piece of applied research to find out if economic modelling can help decision making in response to coastal flooding.  The answer is yes.

Four municipalities offered five specific case-study sites to apply and test the thinking behind the project, which was developed by consultant economists and engineers AECOM. The councils are: City of Kingston, City of Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula Shire and City of Port Phillip. Each council put forward an area for study, with the City of Melbourne nominating two sites.

The major outcomes of the project have been:

  • a better understanding of how to apply cost-benefit analysis to coastal sea level changes and catchment flooding risks. During the course of the project a number of significant limitations were identified, but equally progress has been made on the development of a decision making framework
  • an appreciation of the need for stronger partnerships between communities, Councils and the State Government in working towards appropriate adaptation strategies .

For more information please visit the project website: http://www.abm.org.au/adaptationproject/index.html

Media Statement

Council reaffirms its commitment to protecting the community from climate change impacts.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has reaffirmed its commitment to protecting local communities from the long-term impacts of climate change after participating in a major research study into future flooding associated with climate change, led by the Municipal Association of Victoria.

Read the full Media Statement Port Phillip Project(PDF, 85KB)