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MEDIA RELEASE - Cross border visit helps protect iconic coastlines

16 February 2018

The Glenelg Shire has played host to leading coastal authority as part of a collaborative approach to protect and maintain the region’s iconic coastlines.

Delegates from the cross-border advisory group Western Coastal Board visited Portland and surrounds yesterday to provide leadership, expert advice and support on the region’s coastal and marine strategic planning.

Glenelg Shire director assets Robert Alexander said the visit would help ensure the Glenelg Shire continued to remain a world-class tourism destination.

“It was fantastic to welcome delegates from the Western Coastal Board to showcase our beautiful region and to identify long term solutions to make sure our world famous coastlines can be enjoyed for generations to come,” he said.

“As part of the visit we highlighted areas where we have taken a proactive approach to balance both the amenity and natural buffer, such as the slip remediation at Nuns Beach.

“We also advocated for additional funding for areas that require significant investment and rehabilitation works due to ongoing visitation pressures, coastal flooding and erosion, such as Cape Bridgewater.

“It is hoped that this cross border collaboration will help to ensure that our culturally rich, diverse coastal and marine environment continues to be protected for sustainable use today and for the future.”

The Board is a portfolio authority supported by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and oversees strategic coastal and marine planning issues in Victoria's Western Coastal Region, extending from Torquay through to the South Australia border.

The role of the Board is to champion the ecologically sustainable development of Western Victoria's coastal and marine areas.

As a result of the visit, the Board will now undertake a firsthand review of the local Glenelg Shire Council coastal issues to assist to inform future planning.

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