South Gippsland Coastal Strategy

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*Extended until Tuesday 14 February. Please provide your feedback via the links below.*


Our coast is a beautiful natural asset - highly valued by our local community and the many visitors it attracts. However, it is facing a range of pressures and it's clear we need to take proactive steps to prepare our coastal communities for the future.

To start the conversation with our community, we have prepared a Discussion Paper that provides information about some of the challenges and how we might respond. We're keen to know if you think we have captured the important issues and if there is anything else that you think we need to consider when we prepare the Draft Coastal Strategy.

The Discussion Paper puts forward 15 potential actions for consideration, which have been summarised here. They have been grouped into the following themes:

  • Environment and Landscape.
  • Population Pressures and Development.
  • Development Infrastructure and Management.
  • Community and Economy.

We know how important this conversation is to have with our community, so we are offering multiple ways to have your say:

  • Pop-ups - see details of the first two under 'Events' on the right.
  • Discussion Forums, starting with the one below.
  • Ideas Board, click on 'Ideas' below.
  • Written Submissions, click on 'Survey' below.
  • Online information session, register here.
  • Survey, click on 'Survey' below.

*Extended until Tuesday 14 February. Please provide your feedback via the links below.*


Our coast is a beautiful natural asset - highly valued by our local community and the many visitors it attracts. However, it is facing a range of pressures and it's clear we need to take proactive steps to prepare our coastal communities for the future.

To start the conversation with our community, we have prepared a Discussion Paper that provides information about some of the challenges and how we might respond. We're keen to know if you think we have captured the important issues and if there is anything else that you think we need to consider when we prepare the Draft Coastal Strategy.

The Discussion Paper puts forward 15 potential actions for consideration, which have been summarised here. They have been grouped into the following themes:

  • Environment and Landscape.
  • Population Pressures and Development.
  • Development Infrastructure and Management.
  • Community and Economy.

We know how important this conversation is to have with our community, so we are offering multiple ways to have your say:

  • Pop-ups - see details of the first two under 'Events' on the right.
  • Discussion Forums, starting with the one below.
  • Ideas Board, click on 'Ideas' below.
  • Written Submissions, click on 'Survey' below.
  • Online information session, register here.
  • Survey, click on 'Survey' below.
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  • Discussion Forum

    about 2 months ago
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    Discuss and debate some of the key challenges our coast will face.

    To get you started, consider the following question and click 'Go to Discussion' to talk about it: What do you think are the key elements a coastal strategy should address?

    New questions, ideas or topics can be added by anyone.

    Note: Please keep the discussion polite and constructive. Any comments that are deemed threatening, harmful, or not related to the coast will be removed by the moderators.

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  • Bores and Septic Tanks

    by Lyn, 23 days ago
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    As part of one of the development of infrastructure actions, it is to resolve issues of Waste treatments (Septic Tanks) and bores. I would like to know a little bit more about what these issues are and how this could affect my health. 

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  • Outfall south of Venus Bay

    by Lyn, 23 days ago
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    No mention of this, that I could see in the Coastal Strategy or does it fall into one of the General Actions, and I may have missed it…. Any thoughts on changes that may occur to the discharge of waste water from this Outfall?

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  • Protection of coastal views

    by Tim Le Roy, 20 days ago
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    Our shire has some of the most spectacular coastal vistas, most of which are unspoiled by development. The Cape Liptrap coastal park is the closest remnant wilderness to Melbourne. Venus and Waratah Bays’ offer spectacular views of the Prom and the uninterrupted horizon of Bass Strait. The intrusion of the 52 turbines at Tarwin Lower, standing 136m tall, plus the associated 32km of power lines, creates a visual, industrialised blight on our coastline that can be seen from multiple locations across our shire.

    Our coast is a valuable asset that creates jobs for many by attracting construction of homes, local tourism and a variety of other activities. People love living here and enjoying the wonderful rural and ocean vistas. The potential to place hundreds of >300m tall turbines 10km off our shire coastline will impact the views and biodiversity of the region for generations, whilst providing few demonstrated economic benefits. (The Bald Hills wind farm has never delivered the touted local jobs but delivered millions to urban and overseas investors.)
    I encourage the shire to negotiate with the state and federal proponents of offshore turbines to ensure turbines are sited a significant distance, >30km from our coastline.


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  • Town expansion and boundrys

    by Kym Holness, 6 days ago
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    After visiting the pop up shire booth on Australia day at the long table in Tarwin Lower i was involves in a conversation about the building of more than one dwelling per block and future subdivisions in the area. We (The shire representative and myself) we of the same opinion that Venus Bay is at capacity of blocks and due to their block size they could not be subdivided.

    Tarwin Lower on the other hand which in my view is a total different ball game in that it needs more blocks for people to build on so that they can stay in THEIR area and not as he had suggested move to the larger towns like Wonthaggi and Leongatha. I have lived here for 36 years and my family a lot longer going on for 50 years and when the time comes to downsize from my 6,000 sq mtr property i would like something smaller to buy or maybe split my block at least into two so it wouldn't be so much to look after.

    Yes bring on more blocks in Tarwin Lower so those ageing people that want to to come off their farms and retire in our well catered for town can do so and not not have to move to the likes of Gatha or Wonthaggi.

    Kym Holness

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  • Venus Bay Beach carpark.

    by Rhiannon Schutz , 1 day ago
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    In the hight of summer, the beach car park is not adequate for the amount of people, I'm not talking about beach one which is massive but 2,3,4 and 5 are all way to small, especially as more and more blocks are being developed, there are more permanent residents than ever before. 

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  • Sea wall management

    by wendy whelan, 1 day ago
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    Sea wall
    Who is currently responsible for looking after them? They used to have local farmers running the management groups but now the shire is responsible I believe. I recently purchased land bordering corner inlet but receive no correspondence about the sea wall maintenance or if anyone inspects it. 

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