Victoria has over 2,500 km of coastline, including extensive sandy beach systems, rocky coasts, bays, inlets and estuaries, coastal lakes and floodplains. These diverse bio-cultural landscapes have been nurtured by Traditional Owners of Country for countless generations, and are dynamic environments shaped by natural coastal processes.
At times, coastal processes including erosion, inundation, and other physical/chemical processes, may have a negative impact on coastal values and uses. When this occurs, we often refer to these processes as coastal hazards.
Coastal hazard exposure occurs periodically across the coast, and is projected to increase with changes in wave action, storm activity and sea level rise associated with climate change.
Developing a Victorian approach
Victoria’s Resilient Coast – Adapting for 2100+ provides a framework, guidelines, and support for Local Government, land managers and their communities to:
- Enable place-based, best practice and long-term coastal hazard risk management and adaptation.
- Build on the directions in the Marine and Coastal Policy 2020.
In building on the Policy directions, Victoria’s Resilient Coast provides a staged approach to the technical, strategic and engagement elements of risk management and adaptation:
This approach was developed through a collaborative process, including a project partnership with Traditional Owners, and a Working Group including representatives from coastal Councils, Committees of Management, Catchment Management Authorities, government agencies, water authorities and peak body groups.
Our Victorian framework and guidelines have been informed by:
- Leading research on climate adaptation
- National / international approaches
- Victoria’s place-based adaptation needs
- The collaborative development process.
The collaborative development of the statewide approach was undertaken over June 2021 to early 2022.
Initial pilot implementation of the framework and guidelines has commenced, with ongoing review.
Grants are available to support eligible organisations with pilot projects, including technical, engagement and strategic planning activities aligned to one or more stages of Victoria’s Resilient Coast framework.
Rounds 1 grants closed on 28 April 2022 and were awarded for the following projects:
|Project lead||Project||Victoria's Resilient Coast framework stages|
|City of Port Phillip||Port Phillip Coastal Resilience Project||1 - 4|
|Mornington Peninsula Shire Council||Mornington Peninsula Coastal Strategy||1 - 4|
|Corangamite Catchment Management Authority||Aire Valley Estuary Floodplain Project - Part 2||1 - 5|
|Parks Victoria||Coastal Marine Hazard Assessment - Wilsons Promontory terrestrial and marine parks||1 - 6|
|Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority||Anglesea Resilient 2100+ Coast Project||1 - 6|
|Cape Otway to Point Impossible Scoping Study||1|
Round 2 grants will open in late 2022.
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Page last updated: 12/08/22