Plan in place for Kilcunda Foreshore
A plan to protect the natural environment and cultural significance of the Kilcunda Foreshore was adopted at the Bass Coast Shire Council Meeting last week.
Council endorsed the Kilcunda Foreshore Management Plan, which provides a direction for the management of the Kilcunda Foreshore and Kilcunda section of the Bass Coast Rail Trail Reserve for the next 10 years.
The Plan was developed following several periods of public consultation during which the community provided comment on the draft Management Plan.
“The community told us that they valued the Kilcunda foreshore for its unique natural environment, cultural significance and many the recreational opportunities for which the foreshore provides,” Cr Drew said.
“The Management Plan reinforces the protection and further enhancement of these values, and also supports conservation of the environment through recommendations including environmental weed and pest animal control, revegetation, and protection of the endangered Hooded Plover.”
“The protection of cultural heritage is also supported through programs such as the preservation and renewal of the iconic Trestle Bridge and protection of indigenous cultural heritage values and sites.”
Cr Drew said the Plan also contains recommendations relating to the maintenance and renewal of many public facilities and the development of some new facilities.
“The Plan supports further planning with the community for the Kilcunda Main Foreshore car park area. This highly used precinct is popular amongst locals and tourists and is the site for community events such as the Kilcunda Lobster Festival,” Cr Drew said.
“The Management Plan also recognises the important work of many volunteer groups who conduct activities in the Kilcunda Foreshore and supports the future activities of these groups.”
During consultation for this project, the community expressed concern over several traffic issues at Kilcunda, many of which are associated with the Bass Highway.
“TWhilst out of the scope of the Foreshore Plan, the community has noted in particular that the problem outside the small shopping village needs to be addressed. Although this road is not within the Kilcunda Foreshore, we will be advocating on behalf of the community to VicRoads to find a more appropriate and safer outcome for the community and its visitors for this area,” Cr Drew said.
“Whilst out of the scope of the Foreshore Plan, the community has also noted that the problem outside the small shopping village needs to be addressed. We will be advocating to VicRoads to find a more appropriate and safer outcome for the community and its visitors for this area,” Cr Drew said.
Council will now identify potential funding for the various works identified in the Plan.