With 192 kilometres of coastline along Port Phillip and Western Port, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has a strong interest and long-standing commitment to being leaders in coastal planning.
The Shire directly manages a number of coastal foreshore reserves, primarily through formal delegation to the Shire as Committee of Management by the State Government. The Shire 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 Shire 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.
Central Coastal Board with Mornington Peninsula Shire (2005)
The Mount Eliza to Point Nepean Coastal Action Plan 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.
The Shire has also produced a number of other plans to provide more detailed guidance in relation to particular reserves or activities.