Our Coast Our Future

May 12, 2014

BCMP-coast-steps  The City of Bayside’s coastal areas, which grace the suburbs of Beaumaris, Black Rock, Brighton, Hampton and Sandringham, are the grounds of many competing interests. Urban Initiatives and Bayside City Council have been preparing a Coastal Management Plan (CMP) which will guide the decision making on the foreshore for the next ten years, aided by Better Places Consultants, Saturn Corporate Resources, Atkins Maritime Engineering and Salience 3.

 

 

60% of the municipality’s open space BCMP-walkersexists within the corridor, and it is a valuable recreational area for all Melburnians. However, it is also a fragile natural environment, sensitive to the natural forces of erosion, climate change, stormwater pollution, vegetation loss and overuse. Rickett’s Point Marine Sanctuary in particular contains a diverse range of habitats and is part of the system of parks which ensure that Victoria’s diverse marine environments are protected for the future. Many stretches of the coastline also have cultural and heritage values which must be considered.

 

 

BCMP-consultationConsultation with the community was a central element of developing the plan, with hundreds of man-hours were spent on site with the local people, in all weathers. UI considers this to be a crucial part of generating ideas for an appropriate direction for the coast, so that a genuine appreciation of the local issues of each site can be properly understood.

 

 

 

The proposed vision statement for the Bayside foreshore is:

“A Coast for all to be proud of an enjoy.
A Coast where the natural environment, distinctive local character and heritage and highly valued and protected.
An accessible coast which is a community focus and accommodates opportunity for a wide range of quality leisure experiences.”

The Draft CMP closed for submissions from the community on 2nd May, 2014 and will soon be finalised.

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