The Victorian Government is delivering on its commitment to
create a new Marine and Coastal Act to improve the management of our marine and
coastal areas. Our coast is important to all Victorians and is
a special place for us to live, visit and work. Healthy coastal and marine
environments support biodiversity, wellbeing, business and recreation.
The current coastal management system has provided a strong
foundation that we can build on to better meet long term challenges that face
our coasts, such as impacts from climate change, population growth and ageing
coastal structures. To be confident that
we are doing everything we can to protect marine and coastal environments now
and into the future, the Victorian Government is creating a new Marine and
Coastal Act as part of a broader system to manage our coastal areas.
The Marine and Coastal Act Consultation Paper
has been prepared with the guidance of
an expert panel. The paper discusses the
current strengths and drivers for change, and outlines objectives and a series
of reforms to Victoria's coastal and marine management system. The proposed system will include a new Marine
and Coastal Act (MACA) and other reforms that will support Victorians to effectively manage
coastal and marine areas into the future.
To get involved in the conversation, visit Have Your Say at
DELWP. By registering to
provide feedback you will automatically receive email updates on the project
and public consultation events.
Community consultation will close on 23 October 2016. Your feedback will help inform the development of
the new Act and important changes to our marine and coastal environments.
Using your feedback, an
expert panel will guide preparation of the legislation and management
arrangements in 2017.