The Board works with many partners and stakeholders and participates in many state, regional and local initiatives to advance the VCS.
The Board has promoted the sharing of information in many ways, such as through the Glenelg Hopkins CMA established the Coastal and Marine (Technical) Working Group in 2003 to improve coordination of coastal issues and the delivery of Coastal Action Plans and the Glenelg Hopkins Regional Catchment Strategy. It includes a range of agencies and organisations, such as the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria, local Government and Deakin University.
The group and the success of its activities provided the impetus for Action 1.4a in the Victorian Coastal Strategy (2014) which directs CMAs to “establish a marine estuarine and coastal technical working group to review regional catchment strategies, propose actions, develop and assess funding priorities, and provide coastal estuarine and marine expertise to catchment management authorities as required”.
Alignment of strategic directions
The Board collaborates with a range of partners to make sure there is consistent direction in coastal management and that the VCS is being implemented. For example, the Board and Corangamite Catchment Management Authority established the Coastal Partnerships Group in 2006 to facilitate a strong and cooperative partnership between the two agencies.
The Board actively participates in a wide range of initiatives in the state and region such as: