Managing and protecting our coastline

Hobsons Bay City Council is currently developing a Coastal and Marine Management Plan (CMMP) to guide the future management of our iconic coastal and marine areas.

The Hobsons Bay community shares a love of coastal and marine environments. Our rich history has been shaped by proximity to the coast and water. The Coastal and Marine Management Plan (CMMP) identifies initiatives for the management of Hobsons Bay coastal and marine areas over the next ten years. Working towards a more sustainable future, it looks to balance social, cultural, environmental and economic values in managing this unique coastline, that we appreciate and enjoy.

New Victorian Government legislation and policy (the Marine and Coastal Act 2018 and Marine and Coastal Policy) drives and guides CMMPs across the State.

Management of the foreshore is also a shared responsibility between Hobsons Bay City Council and other agencies including DELWP, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and the Port of Melbourne. Our community and visitors also have a role to play. There are a range of existing and future management issues and challenges. A key focus of the plan is to balance the many uses and values of the Hobsons Bay coastal and marine areas.

The Draft Plan

The Draft CMMP has now been released. This draft plan includes:

  • a vision shaped by community and stakeholder reflections, expectations and aspirations for the coastline
  • an overview of the values, challenges and opportunities for managing our coastal and marine areas, informed by community and stakeholder contributions
  • objectives that align with State legislation
  • priority actions over the next 10 years, both Council-wide and for individual precincts
  • a pathway to implement and track actions

Community and stakeholder perspectives have helped us develop the CMMP, including our vision, objectives and priority actions. We’re now interested to get your feedback on the Draft Plan.

Get involved

The Draft CMMP is now ready for public comment. Get involved by:

  • reading the Draft CMMP by clicking here or reading a summary of the Draft CMMP by clicking here. Alternatively, documents may be viewed in the document library to the right-hand side of the page
  • attending a pop-up community engagement activity
  • sharing your feedback via the online survey at the bottom of this page

We’re hosting pop up events along the foreshore. Join us to discuss key aspects of the Plan and provide your feedback:




Thursday 25 March 2021 (click here to register your interest)

4pm to 6pm

100 Steps, Altona Meadows

Sunday 28 March 2021 (click here to register your interest)

9am to 11am

Weaver Reserve, Altona

Sunday 28 March 2021 (click here to register your interest)

12pm to 2pm

Hatt Reserve, Williamstown

We’re looking forward to meeting with our community and hearing your thoughts on the Draft Plan.

If you would like to join the mailing list for the Coastal and Marine Management Plan please email

We are seeking your feedback between Monday 15 March until 11.59pm, Friday 16 April 2021.