Our Region, Our Environment, Our Future.
State Government Victoria
The Regional Catchment Strategy for the Port Phillip & Western Port region

Current condition of coasts

The 600km of coastline in this region has diverse environments and provides habitat for native plants and animals. 

However, much of the coast has been impacted by urban development, coastal settlement, high levels of recreational use and invasive species.  The amount and quality of native vegetation, as indicators of the environmental value of a coastal zone, varies depending on the particular coastal zone.  A summary is provided in the table below.

Zone Approx. length
(km)
Average width
(m)
Approx. area
(Ha)
Area of
native vegetation
(Ha)
Proportion
of zone
with native
vegetation (%)
Phillip Island ocean 42.3 258 1,091 922 85
Phillip Island bay 36.9 120 443 52 12
French Island south 23.6 342 807 693 86
French Island north 40.4 349 1,411 1,293 92
Western Port east 55.3 141 778 556 71
Western Port north 40.4 451 1,821 1,338 73
Hastings 22.9 460 1,053 662 63
Sandy Pt to Flinders 33.1 435 1,440 1,121 78
Flinders to Pt Nepean 45.5 451 2,050 1,782 87
Port Phillip Bay eastern beaches 115.5 83 959 440 46
Port Phillip Bay north western shoreline 60.1 446 2,681 1,505 56
Geelong 22.6 54 121 33 27
Corio Bay south 35.1 100 351 210 60
Swan Bay 36.2 931 3,369 725 22
Queenscliffe 7.1 106 75 52 69
Total 617 299 18,454 11,384 62

The current condition of coasts has been used to set targets for the future (Targets).  Lead organisations are committed to achieving these targets (Leadership) and arrangements are in place to monitor and report on progress and success (Monitoring & reporting).

It is expected that a Coastal Action Plan will be developed for the coast of the Port Phillip & Western Port region by the Victorian Government (led by the Central Coastal Board).  The plan may provide improved information on the condition of the coasts and may therefore lead to these assessment of condition being revised.