Hobsons Bay covers around 65 km2 of south-west Melbourne. The administrative centre of Altona is around 13 km south west of the CBD. The municipality also includes the suburbs of Altona Meadows, Altona North, Brooklyn, Laverton, Newport, Seabrook, Seaholme, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Williamstown and Williamstown North.

Located on Port Phillip Bay, the Hobsons Bay foreshore extends for over 20 km, from Stony Creek Backwash near the Westgate Bridge in Spotswood to Skeleton Creek in Altona Meadows. This stretch of coastline is diverse and includes beaches, recreational areas, parks and reserves, environmental and ecological assets, as well as substantial infrastructure.

Management of the foreshore is a shared responsibility between Hobsons Bay City Council and other agencies including DELWP, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and the Port of Melbourne. Each faces a range of existing and future management issues and challenges. A key focus of the plan will also be balancing the many uses and values of the Hobsons Bay coastal and marine areas.

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