Warrnambool City Council is developing a landscape master plan to help manage about 200ha of Crown Land between Levy’s Point Coastal Reserve and western section of Thunder Point Coastal Reserve.
The Wild Coast Landscape Master Plan will help manage the pressures that population growth, climate change and growth in visitor numbers are expected to place on Warrnambool’s coastline.
“It’s important that careful planning occurs now to help identify, protect and enhance the environmental and cultural heritage values of the coast from damaging impacts,” Warrnambool Mayor Cr Tony Herbert said.
Council has been active in the development of strategies, plans and policies to help ensure the protection of the Warrnambool coastal and marine environment.
In recent years, plans such as the Warrnambool Coastal Management Plan 2013, Green Warrnambool 2018 and Warrnambool Coastal Vegetation Management Plan 2012 have been developed by Warrnambool City Council, as well as the inclusion of policies and strategies in the Warrnambool Planning Scheme to help ensure the protection of the coastal environs for future generations.
The Victorian Government also has plans and policies to manage coastal and marine environments including the Marine and Coastal Policy 2020 and the Belfast Coastal Reserve Management Plan in 2018.
“The Wild Coast Precinct Landscape Master Plan project, initiated by Council, will expand on the findings and recommendations of these policies and strategies to provide detailed landscape recommendations to help protect and enhance our Wild Coast,” Cr Herbert said.
“We know that the Wild Coast is special to many people for many different reasons.
“To help inform the landscape master plan, we are asking for the community to tell us how they view the Wild Coast, how they interact with it and what issues should be addressed in the plan.”
The development of the master plan has been supported with a $20,000 grant from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
To have your say on the Wild Coast Landscape Master Plan, please go to www.yoursaywarrnambool.com.au/wild-coast-landscape-master-plan
Printed copies of the survey will also be made available on request.