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The rate of coastal urban sprawl in Victoria since the early nineties has been alarming, but our coasts now face new pressures such as a major port expansion in Westernport Bay and the spread of coastal towns.

Climate change as well as coastal, urban, port and industrial development driven by rapid population growth are eroding our coasts.

We need strong and comprehensive policies from government if we are to avoid the impacts of a new wave of development washing over Victoria's 2000km coastline.


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Moolap coastal wetlands

The coastal wetlands at Moolap near Geelong are rich feeding grounds for migratory and resident shorebirds, but could be lost to a canal estate developed for an exclusive few.

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The coast is unclear

Our report The Coast is Unclear is the first of its kind to document coastal planning and management issues along the entire length of Victoria's coastline.

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New hope for Pt Nepean?

A review of Point Nepean National Park's master plan is a chance for the local community to ensure the park is not swamped by commercial development.

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Anglesea heathlands

Despite being home to some of the richest and most biologically diverse habitat in the world the Anglesea heathlands have for years been threatened by increased mining activities.

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