Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan 2017-202710 November 2017
The Victorian Government is supporting a healthier Port Phillip Bay to benefit Victorians and tourists, and protect one of the state’s most important ecosystems.
Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today visited a beach renourishment project in Sandringham to launch the Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan 2017-2027.
The Plan will help guide actions and investments over the next decade to ensure a healthy Port Phillip Bay that is valued and cared for by all Victorians.
Key objectives of the Plan include sharing responsibility of the Bay across community, industry and government, improving water quality and protecting habitats and marine life.
Minister D’Ambrosio opened a second round of Port Phillip Bay Fund grants worth $3.5 million to help community groups and organisations preserve the health, amenity and sustainability of the Bay and surrounding coastline.
The Victorian Government has also announced $700,000 for the Nature Conservancy for its Restoring the Lost Shellfish Reefs of Port Phillip Bay project.
These initiatives build on the release of Victoria’s first State of the Bays report by the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, which identified a need to maintain focus on the health of Port Phillip Bay.To access the Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan 2017-2027, and for more information on the Port Phillip Bay Fund and how to apply, visit www.coastsandmarine.vic.gov.au/