Protecting Victoria’s Marine And Coastal Environment

The Andrews Labor Government has introduced new legislation to provide a better future for Victoria’s coastal and marine environments.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today introduced the Marine and Coastal Bill 2017, which will deliver a simpler, more integrated and coordinated approach to how we plan and manage our unique and diverse marine and coastal environment.

The Bill has been developed in close consultation with communities and organisations working to look after our marine and coastal areas, as well as the guidance of a panel of experts, chaired by Associate Professor Geoff Wescott.

Victoria’s marine and coastal environment is under pressure from the long-term challenges of climate change and population growth. Infrastructure along the coast is also ageing, which makes it harder to take action on the ground.

The Marine and Coastal Bill 2017 – together with a range of complementary reforms and actions in the proposed Transition Plan – is part of the Government’s 2014 election commitments outlined in Our Environment, Our Future.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“Providing a better future for Victoria’s coastal and marine environments is our priority and putting strong, effective legislation in place is critical to get this done.”

“This is about providing a simpler, more integrated approach to planning and managing the marine and coastal environment – to address the key challenges for the next 20 years and beyond.”

Quote attributable to Victorian Coastal Council Chair Dr Anthony Boxshall

“There are some significant improvements over the current Act, including the clear objectives and guiding principles, which for the first time require consideration of climate change and traditional owners in decisions.”

Quote attributable to expert panel Chair Geoff Wescott

“These reforms build on the success of the past 20 years – ensuring an integrated approach across catchments, coasts and importantly the marine environment.”