The Victorian Coastal Strategy 2008 states that development on these foreshores and reserves must be coastal dependent.
The proposal by the Mornington Peninsula Shire to site a large aquatic.leisure centre on Crown land on the Port Phillip Bay foreshore at Rosebud will establish an irreversible precedent for all sorts of non-coastal dependent developments on our foreshore and coastal reserves which would make the Victorian Coastal Strategy unmanageable. The loophole in the Strategy of net community benefit, which the shire is trying to exploit, could include developments such as basketball stadiums, gymnasiums, community service buildings, cinemas and theatres, halls, libraries, and even schools, hospitals and shopping centres.
There are over 150 public aquatic centres either privately or council owned in the Greater Melbourne and Geelong area alone which are not located on a foreshore. This proves that such centres are not coastal dependent.
We urge you to save our foreshore from further depletion and advise the shire that its aquatic/leisure centre should be located on one of the inland sites available on the Peninsula.
Why is this important?
Victorian bay foreshores and coastal reserves are being seriously threatened by inundation by climate change/sea level rise, and unceasing development pressures.
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