Victoria offers a diverse array of coastal, marine and bay environments – ranging from bustling city beaches, to the Great Ocean Road, to the southernmost point of mainland Australia, Wilson's Promontory.
Ninety-six percent of Victoria's 2500km coastline is public land, meaning it is for everyone to use and enjoy. Protecting and enhancing the coast and its waters is important for Victorians' livelihood, as a healthy coast supports business, tourism, recreation, wellbeing and biodiversity.
DELWP, Parks Victoria, local councils, Committees of Management and the community work together to protect and enhance our state's coastal and marine areas; through planning, programs, grants, and management activities outlined below.
Coastal Environments Program
Environments Program supports a range of risk and community based projects along Victoria's coast, and is in its fourth and final year.
Environments Program – Public Access and Risk grants have now closed.
These grants provide financial assistance to coastal Crown land managers to improve access and safety along Victoria's coast line. Successful applicants for the final funding round (2016-17) can be found via the above link.
Beach Renourishment Program
Click here for the Beach Renourishment Program.
Coastal Management Plans
management plans set out the vision for coastal reserves, and are developed by Committees of Management in accordance with legislation.
New Marine & Coastal Act and Improved Management & Oversight Arrangements
The Victorian Government is developing a new Marine and Coastal Act and improving management and oversight arrangements for our bays, coasts and
Portsea Front Beach
DELWP is using data from a Wave Modelling and Monitoring Investigation to inform an assessment of long term options to address erosion at Portsea Front Beach.
Find out more about Coastcare Victoria, including information about community grants and the fabulous Summer by the Sea Program.
Port Phillip Bay Fund
The Port Phillip Bay Fund is a $10 million investment over four years to support projects that will improve the health of the bay. More information about the Port Phillip Bay Fund, including funding guidelines and eligibility criteria, will be available soon.