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March 25, 2014

Member for Sandringham Murray Thompson has called on residents in the Sandringham electorate to help advise the Victorian Coalition Government on its coastline plan for Port Phillip Bay.

Mr Thompson said the Sandringham electorate is a unique place with its own challenges and considerations, which is why the Victorian Coalition Government has asked the Central Coastal Board to develop a Coastal Plan to provide clear focus for the future of the Victorian coastline.

“The coast belongs to everyone and its future health depends on input from all users including residents, businesses and holiday makers,” Mr Thompson said

“The Coalition Government now calls on local knowledge to help finalise the Victorian Coastal Strategy that will provide the vision for the coast.

“Port Phillip Bay is one of the most productive systems in the world, with an amazing diversity of marine life.

“The 4.3 million people that live around Port Phillip Bay and Westernport share it with dolphins, seals and the occasional whale and the region attracts about 40 million visitors each year.

“Addressing these issues at a local level has many benefits, such as the potential to develop shared approaches, limiting duplication and creating a focus for agreeing on action across management boundaries.

“The plan will also help identify local challenges and will be developed from what the information provided on what is important, and how you see the future for our coastlines.

“This plan will consider areas include managing population growth, climate change, coastal infrastructure and management, valuing environmental resources and marine planning.”

To submit your comments to the regional coastal planning team: yoursay.coastalplan@depi.vic.gov.au or Regional Coastal Plans PO Box 500 East Melb 8002 by Friday 4 April.