environment

The Future of Port of Hastings - Community & Stakeholders

In April this year a roundtable was held at the Nobbies Conference Centre.  At the roundtable were representatives from Phillip Island Nature Parks, South Gippsland Conservation Society, Preserve Westernport Action Group, Phillip Island Conservation Society, RMIT - Sustainable productivity, Innovation & Climate Change, Westernport Biosphere Council, Westernport Water, Westernport & Peninsula Protection Council Inc, Bass Coast Shire, Bass Coast Landcare, Clean Ocean, Boonwurrung Foundation, PPWCMA, Parks Victoria, Central Coastal Board,Melbourne University, Southern Rural Water, Western Port Seagrass Partnership, Energy Innovation Co-op, Melbourne Water, Phillip Island Tourism Association, Groundswell, Nature Conservancy and Bass Coast Shire.

The discussion was based on the Bass Coast Shire current position. The Infrastructure Victoria Process and it was an opportunity to provide input and views on any future Port of Hastings expansion; 

  • Share expertise and local knowledge

  • Form part of the Bass Coast Shire submission

  • Request Infrastructure Victoria to visit Bass Coast to hear from the community first hand.

With Local Elections coming up in October it is important to inform those who wish to represent the Bass Coast Community on the latest information and community & stakeholder issues.

Attached are the notes from the roundtable: Click the button to read the paper.

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Regional Coastal Plans - Download Draft proposals and have your say

Draft Regional Coastal plans are now online for public comment. Here is the information about them:

Chair
Victorian Coastal 
10 February 2015

Dear Coastal Stakeholders,

We are writing to invite you to help shape the future of Victoria’s coast and contribute to three new Regional Coastal Plans.

The three Regional Coastal Boards have developed these draft Regional Coastal Plans, building on the Victorian Coastal Strategy as well stakeholder and community input from our scoping phase in March 2014.
Consultation activities will be undertaken in the coming weeks. Comments are invited for the Western and Gippsland Plans until Friday 20th March and for the Central Plan until Tuesday 31st March 2015.

The Regional Coastal Boards value all the input we receive on these draft Plans and will consider your comments carefully as they will help shape the final Plan. We invite you to download a copy of the plan, register your interest in attending consultation activities and make a submission online here:
Gippsland Regional Coastal Plan (www.gcb.vic.gov.au)
Central Regional Coastal Plan (www.ccb.vic.gov.au)
Western Regional Coastal Plan (www.wcb.vic.gov.au)

Thank you for your efforts in coastal planning and management to date and we look forward to your participation in the development of these draft Regional Coastal Plans. For further hard copies or enquiries, you can contact the Boards directly:
Gippsland - gippsland.coastalboard@delwp.vic.gov.au or on (03) 5172 2543
Central - admin@ccb.vic.gov.au or on (03) 9637 9463
Western - yoursay.coastalplan@depi.vic.gov.au or on (03) 5258 0251

Alternatively you can contact Jane Ryan, Project Manager - Regional Coastal Plans on (03) 9637 8683.

Regards,
Cr Dick Ellis Chair, Gippsland Coastal Board
Ross Kilborn Chair, Central Coastal Board
Cr Jill Parker Chair, Western Coastal Board

Photo: black swans at Rhyll, Lisa Schonberg

Black Swans - Photo: Lisa Shonberg