Foreshore infrastructure and response to sea level rise


Council is seeking funding support of approximately $4 million over the next four years for the renewal and upgrade of foreshore infrastructure consistent with future climate change scenarios.  Council is also advocating for a coordinated response to sea level rise and coastal inundation across the bay and coastline, which is consistent with Council’s advocacy associated with the declaration of a climate change emergency. 

The Hobsons Bay coastal area covers approximately 23 kilometres of foreshore from the Stony Creek Backwash in Spotswood through to the Cheetham Wetlands in Altona Meadows where it connects with Skeleton Creek.

Local foreshore and beaches are among the most popular and treasured assets in Hobsons Bay and provide important recreation and health and wellbeing benefits for both the local community and visitors to the region.

Climate change is having a profound effect on the condition of Hobsons Bay’s foreshore areas and its infrastructure with immediate risks including: the degradation of beaches and foreshore areas through loss of sand and foreshore edge erosion; flooding of public infrastructure and private assets in low lying areas; and flash flooding due to drainage systems being overload.

As the local population increases, the demand for use of coastal areas increases. Council is required to cater for the access and infrastructure needs of Hobsons Bay’s foreshore areas. This means Council is expected to support and improve local infrastructure that has a regional benefit. More resources are required in order for Council to effectively manage foreshore infrastructure in partnership with the State Government.

Coastal and Marine Management Plan

Council has been working with the community on a Coastal and Marine Management Plan which will guide the future use, development and management of all foreshore areas within the municipality. The community consultation stage is now closed and a draft plan is being prepared, due for release later this year.

Read more about how Council has been caring for your foreshore areas.

Find out more about Council's sustainable initiatives and actions in response to climate change.