Otway Coast Committee

Committed to Sustainable Management

26th Jan. 2012 - Coastal Management Plan, Funding Success

Coastal Management Plan

OCC’s new draft coastal plan is ready for community comment.

The OCC and the DSE have been working with the community and government agencies to develop a new coastal management plan.  The plan covers the coastal reserves from Marengo / Apollo Bay to Wye River / Separation Creek.

The OCC is interested in all and any comments, concerns and ideas the community has regarding the coastal Crown land managed by the Committee.  Comments will be accepted up to Friday 24th February 2012.

A hard copy of the plan can be viewed at the Wye River Foreshore Camping Ground, Kennett River Camping Ground and Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve.  For a digital copy, for further information or to make comments click here.

Funding Success

The OCC has, this week, received advice that two funding applications have been successful.

Firstly, $42k has been received from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority under its Coastal Tender program for the OCC to undertake weed control and revegetation work on coastal Crown land around Sugarloaf Creek at Wongarra.  The funding is for work to be undertaken over the next 5 years.

Secondly, $20k has been received from DSE’s Coastal Risk Mitigation program for part of the cost toward developing a sand management plan for Mounts Bay & Apollo Bay.  The funding application was made in response to the significant erosion along both bays during the middle of 2011.  In partnership with DSE, the OCC has engaged with other stakeholders to develop the plan.  Other stakeholders with assets under threat from erosion include: Barwon Water; VicRoads and Colac Otway Shire.  To date Barwon Water has also allocated funding toward the project that will endeavour to develop recommended engineered responses to the erosion problem.  It is the OCC’s opinion that now is the time to develop mitigation responses that will hopefully limit future damage to valuable coastal assets.  As we see it, it is preferable to being proactive instead of reactive when assets are under direct threat or are damaged by sea surge events.