What's been happening with the Marks Point Belmont South Foreshore Management Plan?

by kmarples,

With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s a good time to look back on what’s been happening behind the scenes this year to develop the draft Foreshore Management Plan for Marks Point and Belmont South.

The Council and Community Working Group have continued to collaborate to build on the work completed for the Marks Point Belmont South Local Adaptation Plan. Throughout the year, the Group has met around ten times to progress investigations into issues and consider options to assist Council and the community to protect and manage our valuable foreshore areas.

When completed, the Foreshore Management Plan will provide guidance on how to implement foreshore protection works on public and private land. The Plan will help us to protect the foreshore from erosion in the short to medium term, without affecting the ability to adapt to permanent inundation over time or creating unacceptable impacts.

It aims to address current and emerging issues impacting on the lake foreshore and residents and visitors to the area. Key issues identified by Council and the community include foreshore erosion and tidal inundation, public safety and amenity and foreshore access. The plan also incorporates long-term measures to protect communities against projected sea level rise.

It’s a complicated task and we would like to thank and acknowledge the commitment from the Group’s volunteers and local residents in building strong foundations for the development of the draft Plan.

Our current thinking is that the draft Management Plan will consist of four parts:

  • Part A: Why we need a Foreshore Management Plan for Marks Point and Belmont South
  • Part B: How the Plan was prepared
  • Part C: Key elements of the Plan
  • Part D: Implementing the Foreshore Management Plan

In the coming months, the Group members will be reviewing draft foreshore concept designs and clarifying approval pathways for public and private works. We look forward to presenting the draft Plan for your review and feedback early next year. Stay tuned!

If you would like ask the Council and Community Working Group a question or would like any further information, visit shape.lakemac.com.au/future-flood-planning or call Council on 49210333.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year.

Kind regards,

The Project Team

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