Coast and Marine

The Corangamite coastal environment is naturally dynamic and is constantly changing and evolving. It changes through the influence of wind, tides, waves and weather systems. Within reason, we must plan for and adapt to natural changes. This diversity and change reflect the dynamic, complex and interconnected nature of coastal and marine habitats.

The coastal and marine areas of the region are part of Traditional Owners’ Country. Aboriginal people have a deep connection with Country, which is central to their spiritual identity. This connection remains despite the many Aboriginal people who no longer live on their Country. Aboriginal people describe Country as sustaining and comforting, fundamental to their health, their relationships and their culture and identity.

Coastal view

The marine and coastal environments within the Corangamite region are highly diverse. Marine habitats include intertidal rocky reefs, shallow rocky reefs, deep rocky reefs, pelagic waters, sand beaches, subtidal sandy and muddy seabeds, and intertidal mudflats (Parks Victoria, 2003). Coastal habitats are dominated by a variety of vegetation classes, including Coastal Dune Scrub, Coastal Headland Scrub, Coastal Tussock Grassland, and Coastal Saltmarsh Ecological Vegetation Classes.

Under the Coast and Marine Theme in the Corangamite Regional Catchment Strategy are two Sub-themes: