Posted on 06/05/2014 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Key stakeholder information sessions to provide input into the development of Phillip Island Nature Parks’ South and North Coast Key Area Plan were completed last week, including an open community session held on Saturday.
The Key Area Plan includes the Nature Parks’ beaches along the south coast of Phillip Island from Woolamai to Summerland Peninsula, and in the north from Ventnor to Summerland Peninsula.
The extensive initial consultation process with a wide range of key stakeholders follows on from the recently completed Churchill Island Key Area Plan.
At each session participants were given an overview of the project area and objectives. They were also asked to provide initial input into topics they would like considered in the development of the final draft of the Key Area Plan, to be presented to the community at an open session on 8 October.
“The South and North Coast Key Area Plan will be a new way of seeing the coast and its role as a conservation, ecotourism and recreation destination,” said Matthew Jackson, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Chief Executive Officer.
“This is not a master plan, but a high level strategic planning framework that will make recommendations for future studies as required.”
“It is important to note that the scope of this Plan does not include private land, management of the South Coast Road on the Summerland Peninsula or the issue of dogs on beaches,” Mr Jackson said.
Mary Whelan, Chairperson of the Southern Communities Planning Group, attended one of the key stakeholder sessions and said: “I think it is a terrific initiative by the Nature Parks. The session was informative as the consultants obviously have a lot of experience combining the preservation of the environment and enhancing people’s experiences of nature.”
Jan Fleming, community member from Surf Beach, was at Saturday’s open community session and said: “The session was clear and informative. The key issues are the preservation of the beaches and surrounds and, of course, the protection of the indigenous flora and fauna.”
A copy of the presentation from Saturday’s session can be downloaded below. If you require further information, contact Hayley Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5951 2804.