Coastal responsibilities

The Borough of Queenscliffe acts as the Committee of Management for most crown land foreshore areas within the Borough, on behalf of the Department of Sustainability and Environment. The management of the coast and foreshore areas is therefore a responsibility shared by Council and the State Government.

Queenscliffe Coastal Management Plan

A Queenscliffe Coastal Management Plan has been developed to provide guidance on coastal management in the Borough of Queenscliffe. The plan can be downloaded on this page.

This plan is underpinned by the Victorian Coastal Strategy 2008 (VCS). This provides a long-term vision for the planning, management and sustainable use of our coast, and the policies and actions Victorians will need to implement over the next five years to help achieve that vision.

It identifies and responds to three significant issues affecting Victoria's coast that require specific attention:

  • Climate change
  • Population and growth
  • Marine ecological integrity

The Victorian Coastal Strategy is established under the Coastal Management Act 1995 and is available for download.

Foreshore reserves

The Council, in conjunction with the Department of Sustainability and Environment, manages and maintains numerous reserves located along the bayside beaches and the surf beach at Point Lonsdale, including the Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserves.

From the sensitive shores of Swan Bay to the pleasant bayside beaches of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale and the rugged face of Bass Strait at Point Lonsdale's surf beach, the features, flora and fauna of our region are a treat for the locals and visitors alike.