The expanded park, an election commitment of the Andrews Labor Government, will link the existing Bunurong Marine Park and Bunurong Coastal Reserve, Punchbowl Reserve and the Kilcunda-Harmers Haven Coastal Reserve along 40 kms of coastline.
New Bass Labor MP Jordan Crugnale said the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria were developing a project plan with clear timelines and milestones to engage stakeholders and the community.
“This will guide the project and ensure traditional owners, stakeholders and community are heard and are at the table,” Ms Crugnale said. “They have so much local knowledge about this coastline, its richness and sensitivities.
“We will also work with the local traditional owner groups to determine the most appropriate name for the coastal park. In the meantime it will be referred to as a very neutral Bass Coast Marine and Coastal Park.”
She said the consultation process was expected to start by mid-2019.