Bay Blueprint: Bay Plan 2070

A new regional coastal climate adaptation plan is underway in the Port Phillip region surrounding metropolitan Melbourne Australia. Bay Plan 2070 is the second element of the Bay Blueprint initiative led by ICLEI Member, City of Port Phillip, for the benefit of the ten councils that make up the Association of Bayside Municipalities.

The Bay Plan 2070 will examine climate adaptation pathways for iconic sites around the bay and will employ creative visualisations of solutions that could be applied by 2070. This creative element will be undertaken by 5th year Master of Landscape Architecture student from RMIT University in partnership with the Global Cities Compact Programme, CSIRO and others. The 30 students will be matched with a local council to work on the creative local solutions with outcomes contributing to assessment requirements for the double degree course.

Following on from the initial Bay Blueprint Coastal Adaptation Framework report undertaken by AECOM, Cardno and Ramboll, the Bay Plan 2070 will provide a suite of local and regional solutions while encouraging some necessary structural and legislative reforms to make regional adaptation a smoother process as identified in the Framework report. This report examined the values of the Bay and highlighted possible changes to more equitable adaptation financing, suggested future management roles and responsibility, while nominating legislative reforms.

The Bay Plan 2070 will be completed in June 2016 and will be followed by specific training to help embed appropriate coastal adaptation practices within local councils and other stakeholder groups.

For more information go to www.abm.org.au/blueprint or contact Bernie Cotter, Bay Blueprint Project Manager on 0431 265 860 or Bayblueprint@abm.org.au