The Western Coastal Board (WCB) oversees strategic coastal and marine planning issues in Victoria's Western Coastal Region which extends from Breamlea (near Torquay) to the South Australia border. The region includes the municipalities of Surf Coast, Colac-Otway, Corangamite, Moyne and Glenelg, and the City of Warrnambool. The coastal sections of the Corangamite and Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority regions are also included.

Victoria's western coastline is world-famous and includes well-known destinations such as the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles and Bells Beach. The increasing popularity of the Victorian coast has seen significant increases in both resident and holiday populations of towns, with many people becoming aware of the special values of the western coastal region.

The Western Coastal Board's role is to champion the ecologically sustainable development of Western Victoria's coastal and marine areas. It achieves this through being a:

What's New

Western Regional Coastal Plan
The Board’s Western Regional Coastal Plan was endorsed by the Minister and gazetted in September 2015 Read more

Western Coastal Board Newsletter
Click here to download the latest WCB News (pdf)


Western Coastal Board Annual Report 2017
Click here to download the Annual Report



Follow us on Twitter
Please follow the Western Coastal Board @WCBVictoria



Belfast Coastal Reserve Management Plan
The draft Belfast Coastal Reserve Management Plan is expected to be released for public comment in November 2017 - a summary of engagement outcomes to date is available



Adapting to climate change on our coasts
Recently tabled in Parliament, the Victoria’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2017-2020 lays out the priorities for the next four years to manage current impacts and prepare for the long-term risks of climate change, including adapting on our coasts.



NCCARF CoastAdapt
CoastAdapt is an information delivery and decision support tool, helping coastal managers in Australia adapt to climate change and sea-level rise. Developed by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), CoastAdapt includes tools and information on the science of climate change, risks, effective response options, and likely costs of action. It makes use of national data sets and research outputs developed over the past 5 years by Australian scientific organisations and includes clear guidance on good practice and links to case studies.



Marine and Coastal Act
Following the release of the Marine and Coastal Act Consultation Paper, members of the WCB attended a number of public and practitioner workshops in Torquay, Warrnambool and Portland. The WCB is pleased to have submitted its thoughts and ideas on improving marine and coastal management in Victoria to the Expert Panel: Click here to download the WCB Submission.




Annual Report
Click here to download the latest annual report.




Contact the Secretariat by:
Phone: (03) 5226 4667
Fax: (03) 5226 4725
Post: P.O. Box 103, Geelong, 3220, Victoria, Australia

Acknowledgement of Country and Indigenous Australians
The Western Coastal Board respectfully acknowledges the original custodians of what is now known as Victoria; their rich culture, deep affinity with the land and spiritual connection to it.