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Shipwreck Coast Master Plan - Call for community to help shape the plan

Monday 29 July, 2013

Community members are being asked to contribute to the development of a master plan for the Shipwreck Coast, by attending a workshop on Saturday August 3 at the Port Campbell Surf Lifesaving Club.

Parks Victoria and Shire of Corangamite, in association with Shire of Moyne and Tourism Victoria, are developing a master plan for the Shipwreck Coast from Princetown to Boat Bay, taking in Port Campbell National Park and Bay of Islands Coastal Park.

The master plan will help provide a long term strategic framework to guide the protection of the coast, improvement of the visitor facilities and to strengthen local economy through the development of sustainable tourism.

Parks Victoria's West Coast District Manager Trevor Dess says the master plan process commenced in June, with a series of workshops involving community members and stakeholders.

“Over 150 people attended the initial round of workshops held in early June in Peterborough, Port Campbell, Princetown and Melbourne, and their contributions were very valuable in bringing together the diverse range of ideas and aspirations.”

“This next workshop will be focussing on developing a vision and set of guiding principles for the master plan.”

Mr Dess said the master plan is being developed in five stages, and said feedback could also be provided through the project’s website.

“For those who can’t attend the workshop in person but would like to participate in this next stage, there will be an opportunity to make contributions through the project website until August 24.”

Mr Dess says around 500 people have visited the project’s website and many have made comments on the interactive maps.

“The website included all the material from the first workshop, and the outcomes of each stage of the process will be posted on the website.”

The workshop will be held from 9.15 to 10.45am on Saturday 3 August at the Port Campbell Surf Lifesaving Club. More information can be found at the project website: www.shipwreckcoastmasterplan.com.au or by calling Parks Victoria on 13 19 63.

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