The Victorian Government is committed to conserving and enhancing the health of the state’s marine and coastal environments. The Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan 2017–2027 is an important step towards achieving this goal and ensuring that Port Phillip Bay remains healthy and resilient over the coming decade.
Port Phillip Bay offers a vast array of social, economic and environmental values for visitors and those who live and work around the Bay and its surrounding regions.
Development of the Plan was coordinated by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in partnership with Melbourne Water and the Environment Protection Authority Victoria over a two and half year period. Community and stakeholder groups have had a significant contribution to the Plan's development. Their input and knowledge helped to shape the vision and long term aspirations, goals, priority areas and actions.
Goals of the Environmental Management Plan
The Plan's vision of a healthy Port Phillip Bay that is valued and cared for by all Victorians, and the goals and priority areas for action to achieve this vision, align with and complement the recently released Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2037.
The Port Phillip Bay Environmental Management Plan has three main goals to guide future action and investment over the next 10 years:
- Stewardship of the Bay is fostered across community, industry and government.
- Water quality is improved to ensure environmental health and community enjoyment of the Bay.
- The Bay's habitats and marine life are thriving.
Implementing the Plan
Priority actions to deliver the Plan will be implemented over ten years, and will follow an adaptive management approach. A number of activities will be aligned to, and directly delivered by, complementary regional plans and strategies (such as whole-of-catchment planning or integrated water cycle management).
A delivery plan with annual reporting, and two future 5-yearly evaluation reports, will ensure that the Plan’s actions remain focused and aligned. The delivery plan and the annual report for 2017-18 will be available in mid-2018 to provide detail on specific activities, program partners and expected outcomes for the first year of implementation.
DELWP have committed to develop a Marine Knowledge Framework based on a critical recommendation within the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria’s State of the Bays 2016 report and more recently their updated 2017 report that was released in early-2018. The Marine Knowledge Framework will be one of the actions within the delivery plan. Progress on this action will be provided when the delivery plan is available later in the year.
For more information on the State of the Bays reports, visit the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria's website
Port Phillip Bay Fund
The Port Phillip Bay Fund is a grants program that supports projects by community groups and organisations who work to protect and preserve the environmental health of Port Phillip Bay. The objectives of the fund are to support projects that address local and regional priorities to protect the health of the Bay and bay catchment area, including:
- Reducing and addressing threats to the health of the Bay, including nutrients, pollutants and litter.
- Encouraging partnerships across the range of interested groups and organisations that support the environmental health of the Bay.
- Enhancing the amenity and environmental values in the Bay and on the foreshore.
Round 1 of the Fund, announced in 2017, resulted in 36 successful projects being funded for $3.6 million. Round 2 of the Fund has now closed (on 14 February 2018). Go to the Port Phillip Bay Fund page to view successful projects for round 2.
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