We need a singular focus on Port Phillip Bay
In the lead up to the 2022 Victorian election we are calling for a new approach from the Victorian Government towards managing our wonderful bay and coastal environment.
Wednesday 21 September 2022
A dedicated Minister for the Bay would create a streamlined focus on policy priorities including establishing a leadership position on climate change adaption and coastal erosion, cutting red tape, protecting jobs and the heritage values of coastal assets.
As a coastal municipality, Bayside is significantly exposed to the impacts of climate change. Brighton in particular is rated in the top ten suburbs nationally for property value at coastal risk due to erosion and storm surge caused by climate change.
Why it is important for Bayside
A single line of governance would help the 4.5 million people living in bay communities (including more than 104,000 in Bayside) by providing greater certainty on climate change adaption measures through a coordinated government approach.
Currently more than nine government departments/agencies, ten Councils and multiple private/community bodies have responsibility for foreshore management, with others responsible for marine transport, ports, and other services. Conflicting policy positions and application leads to time, cost, and lost opportunities to manage our coastline effectively and proactively.
This would provide focused policy direction and funding to develop integrated planning and action to deal with the challenges of ageing infrastructure and population growth.
A Minister for the Bay would also support the delivery of the Victorian Government’s Marine and Coastal Strategy – building resilience in our marine and coastal areas.
Find out more about our advocacy priorities for the 2022 Victorian election.