Moyne joins fight for coastal rights

MOYNE Shire has been voted into a top organisation fighting for the rights of coastal municipalities. 

Cr Jill Parker will represent the council and the state on the National Sea Change Taskforce.

She said each state had two representatives on the national taskforce. 

“The taskforce initiate research and Moyne has been involved in a couple of those research projects and we advocate on behalf of the councils at a federal level,” Cr Parker said.

She said the organisation had lobbied both sides of government before the September federal election about protecting coastlines.

“Climate change is one of the things.” 

Cr Parker is also a member of the Victorian Coastal Councils and the Western Coastal Board. 

Next year the Western Coastal Board will prepare an extensive comprehensive strategic plan for the coast running from Geelong to the South Australian border. 

Meanwhile, Cr Parker said a recent university study had found census data understated the population of coastal towns because data was taken in August when holiday homes are vacant.

“The population isn’t reflected in the census,” she said. 

“They’re now looking at putting a question into the next census to deal with that.”

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