Coastal Management Plans are developed by Committees of Management in line with legislation to determine actions and activities that take place on the reserve, planned expenditure and maintenance requirements.

Coastal management plans are public documents, approved by the Minister responsible for the Coastal Management Act 1995. As part of the process of developing the plans, we make drafts available to the public to allow for feedback and input on what is proposed.

Approved and draft plans will be published on this webpage.

Approved plans

Effective from 1 June 2021.

Port Phillip Region
Balnarring Coastal Management Plan (PDF, 3.0 MB)
Balnarring Coastal Management Plan (DOCX, 4.1 MB)
Capel Sound Foreshore Coastal Management Plan (PDF, 4.8 MB)
Capel Sound Foreshore Coastal Management Plan (DOCX, 21.2 MB)
Wyndham Coastal and Marine Management Plan (PDF, 16.8 MB)

Coastal management plan guidelines

Guidelines for the Preparation of Coastal Management Plans 2017 (PDF, 410.3 KB) have been developed to assist coastal Crown land managers (voluntary Committees of Management, local governments and Parks Victoria) better plan and manage coastal Crown land. The Guidelines have been prepared to provide a consistent framework for the preparation of Coastal Management Plans across Victoria.

What is a coastal management plan (CMP)

A Coastal Management Plan (CMP) is a public document, approved by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.  It establishes an agreement between the Victorian Government, the land manager and the community as to how an area of coastal Victoria will be managed.

It provides direction for the future and helps maximise benefits from available funds and resources through strategic planning and development and includes a five-year business plan detailing proposed works for that period.

Community input and participation in the development of a CMP is essential. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will assist delegated managers to prepare CMPs.  It is important to contact your local DELWP office at the beginning of the CMP preparation process.

Why DELWP has prepared these Guidelines

These guidelines have been prepared to help coastal Crown land managers – including Committees of Management, local government and Parks Victoria – develop a CMP for the area of coast for which they are the delegated land managers. They provide a consistent framework for the preparation of CMPs across Victoria’s coastal Crown land reserves and outline the minimum requirements for such plans.

The aims include:

  • assist coastal managers with the implementation of policies and actions in the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014 (VCS 2014), Regional Catchment Strategies, and Regional Coastal Plans (RCP) at the local level
  • help local coastal managers to think strategically and innovatively on how they manage coastal land over a longer period, particularly in the context of climate change and population growth
  • strengthen local community engagement in the development and implementation of Coastal Management Plans
  • enhance collaboration between neighbouring coastal and waterway managers to achieve agreed objectives.

Why a coastal land manager should prepare a Coastal Management Plan

A CMP can demonstrate to the community and the government how coastal Crown land is managed and highlight a vision for the future. It can show how the land manager is implementing the goals and outcomes identified in the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2014, Regional Catchment Strategies and Regional Coastal Plans.

CMPs are planning tools that reflect the purpose for which the land has been reserved and allow for, and are driven by, community aspirations at a local level.

An approved CMP has many benefits for both the delegated land manager and the local community.

These include:

  • assisting Committees of Management to determine the appropriate use and development of their local area
  • encouraging the community to have a say in the future planning and management of the land and attracting greater participation in coastal management
  • improving the area for future generations to enjoy and providing greater certainty about future projects
  • encouraging the community to develop and enhance their understanding of the value of coastal and marine environments
  • using the approved plan as an application under the Coastal Management Act 1995 for global consent for low-impact works.

Page last updated: 29/07/21