The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP), the Borough of Queenscliffe and Parks Victoria recently held Open House sessions with the community to share knowledge on sand movements across the Bight and to understand visitors and resident  views on the local area.

The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP), the Borough of Queenscliffe and Parks Victoria recently held Open House sessions with the community to share knowledge on sand movements across the Bight and to understand visitors and resident  views on the local area.  

The Open House on 18 January detailed the results of an independent review, commissioned by DELWP, into the current understanding of the Lonsdale Bight, following concerns about sand retention and erosion. It also identified any knowledge gaps and encourages discussion of short and long-term sand management ideas for consideration by the community.

The Open House sessions were attended by close to 400 people, providing a diverse range of opinions. Community were asked for their thoughts on management concepts, share what they value, how they use the area and contribute to a historical timeline wall.

DELWP Senior Environmental Planner Frances Northeast said: “Lonsdale Bight is the backdrop to how locals and visitors relax and use local beaches, so it is essential that they have a voice in how the area is managed.  

“We’d like to thank the community for their contribution to the Open House and encourage more of the community to join the conversation. These opinions will assist in shaping decision making for the area.” Ms Northeast said.”

Community consultation will continue outside of the Open House sessions with an online engagement portal established to gather feedback until 23 February 2017. Following this, an engagement summary report will be distributed to the community on 30 March 2017.

For more information, read the report and be a part of the conversation in planning for coastal zone management of Lonsdale Bight by visiting www.engage.vic.gov.au/lonsdale-bight or call (03) 5220 2020.