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Warrnambool has a rich maritime heritage and is a strategic destination for tourism, located at the western end of the internationally significant Great Ocean Road.
The Warrnambool coastal areas are important cultural environmental and tourist. This consists of a diverse range of environments including dune systems, cliffs and the Bay of Island National Park.
Direct and indirect land and sea activities impact on these ecosystems. Warrnambool City Council is committed to reducing human impact and enhancing biodiversity on the coast.
Conservation management should aim to:
- Integrate both marine and catchment management.
- Reduce pollution and discharging of chemicals into the environment.
- Rehabilitate habitats.
- Control introduced pest flora and fauna.
- Increase community awareness and responsibility.
Council has formulated a statement on it’s Coastal Management “Maintain, enhance and protect the existing natural values of our coast”. This will be achieved by implementing the following key actions.
- Develop community and council education on coastal issues and environmentally sound use of the coast.
- Greater enforcement of regulations regarding dogs and cats on the Warrnambool foreshore.
- Implementation of the Warrnambool Coastal Action Plan.
Council will continue to work in partnership with the award winning Warrnambool Coastcare and Landcare Group to increase biodiversity along the coast.