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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Australia's report to the UNCSD - 1996

Implementation of Agenda 21
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1996
ISBN 0 6422 4868 0

Case Study - Oceans

Coast Action, Victoria

The vision

The Coast Action vision is to have the community working side by side with government, land managers and land holders, in the decision making and on-ground work necessary for effective management of the Victorian coastline.

The Overview

Coast Action is the umbrella term for a new and innovative approach to coastal management by the Victorian Government. It comprises individual programs which aim to address the key problems which have risen from previous ad-hoc planning systems, and addresses the issues of an ever growing population, competing demands and environmental problems.

The coastal and bay management Council

The Coastal and Bay Management Council, under the new Coastal Management Act 1995, is the peak body responsible for defining a new set of priorities for planning and development of Victoria's coastline. It is made up of community representatives with experience in conservation, tourism, recreation, commerce, Indigenous people's interests and community affairs - Local Government representation, and State Government representatives from the areas of conservation, planning and transport.

Along with input from three Regional Coastal Boards, the council will produce Victoria's first coastal strategy and act as a positive advocate for the coast, promoting and protecting coastal values in accordance with public interest.

The community program

The key role of the Community Program is to promote community involvement and harness the enthusiasm and energy of the general public in order to promote, protect and better utilise the State's 2000 kilometres of coastline.

It works to increase awareness and understanding of coastal issues within the community; provides area coordinators to assist groups in planning and implementing their projects; a training officer to instruct groups on coastal environments and weed control; and project grants of $10 000-$20 000 to undertake works. Since the program commenced in May 1995 $0.75 million has funded over 200 projects along the coast.

The beach protection program

The Beach Protection Program allocates $1.2 million annually to beach nourishment and foreshore protection works designed to maintain beaches for recreation and to protect natural and public assets from erosion. A strategic three year plan ensures that projects are addressed in priority order.

Local ports

Under the new Port Reform Policy, the overall responsibility for the fourteen local ports across Victoria transferred to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). This structure provides a context for state-wide strategic planning for local ports and other foreshore planning and management issues along the coast.

Direct management responsibility for the local ports will be transferred from the commercial port authorities to local committees of management who will be more responsive to the needs of their local communities.

DCNR staff will assist new local managers in port management issues to ensure an improved standard and effective management into the next century.

The beachwatch program

The Environment Protection Authority's Beachwatch comprehensively monitors the water quality of Melbourne's busier beaches which are used for swimming. A free community hotline is available over summer for up to date results.

The combination of these new initiatives with additional specialist staff, will ensure better recreational and commercial service provision, an improvement to facilities, enable better access by coastal users, and create a better understanding of coastal issues within the community.