Your input is welcomed on the proposed plan to protect Grantville on the Western Port coastline.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Manager Environmental Planning for West Gippsland, Mick Dortmans said: “The Grantville coastline is exposed to ongoing erosion that continues to affect the foreshore, native vegetation, public access and the amenity of the area.”

“We are seeking broad community feedback on a Draft Mangrove Re-establishment Plan which has been developed to guide the revegetation of the inter-tidal zone at Grantville.”

“Mangroves have been demonstrated to provide effective protection in many coastal environments around the world, and trials are continuing to establish mangrove seedlings in Western Port. It is intended that the planting design will allow continued access to the waters of Western Port.”

“Mangroves provide many benefits in the Western Port environment. They are a sustainable, cost-effective solution to provide coastal stabilisation and deliver other ecological benefits to the marine ecosystem.”

“Mangroves were previously present in the Grantville area but were over-harvested until the 1960s.”

“A program of block planting with gaps is being planned, to improve the protection of the coastline while still allowing ongoing access to the waters of Western Port from the foreshore. The planting program is planned to occur over the next three to four years.”

In the past, mangrove forests were extensive along the Western Port foreshores, including at Grantville, and provided a natural defense against erosion of the coastline. It is anticipated that the mangroves will provide a long term sustainable solution to coastal erosion in the Grantville area.

The draft plan has been developed following consultation with representatives from the Grantville Foreshore Committee of Management, Parks Victoria, the Western Port Seagrass Partnership (WPSP) and DELWP.

DELWP is seeking community input for the completion of this plan. To view the plan and complete a community input form, go to www.haveyoursay.delwp.vic.gov.au

Community feedback will be open until Tuesday 31 January 2017.

For more information please contact Mick Dortmans on (03) 5662 9914.