Have your say on the Environmental Management Plan for Port Phillip Bay

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The community is being invited to have its say on a new Environmental Management Plan for Port Phillip Bay.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has released a discussion paper to inform public and stakeholder consultation with the aim of managing and protecting the Bay for future generations.

The Environmental Management Plan is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to ensure the Bay‘s water quality, habitats and marine life are healthy and resilient.

The new Plan is being developed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in partnership with Melbourne Water and the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA).

Port Phillip Bay supports a wide range of social, economic and environmental values and the government recognises the importance of a structured and coordinated plan to manage the Bay’s activities and resources.


Community and stakeholder comments are open until 29 February 2016 and can be submitted:

  • Online via a survey at portphillip.delwp.vic.gov.au/healthofthebay
  • At four beach-side community events
  • In writing via submissions to bay.plan@delwp.vic.gov.au


Event dates and locations:

Weaver Reserve, Altona - Saturday 6 February, 12 noon to 3pm

Near Queenscliff Pier - Sunday 14 February, 12 noon to 3pm

The draft plan is scheduled to be released for public comment in mid-2016.