The eastern gateway to East Gippsland, Mallacoota has a population of around 1,000 people and is nestled in Croajingolong National Park, home to pristine Victorian coastal wilderness.
Mallacoota and district comprises of the following localities: Mallacoota, Genoa, Wangarabell, Weeragua, Maramingo Creek, Wallagaraugh, Gipsy Point and Wroxham.
A popular holiday destination over summer, residents and visitors enjoy the region’s natural beauty, tranquility and access to water. Mallacoota Inlet, the surrounding Croajingolong National Park and views to Gabo Island define the town’s setting.
Both recreational and commercial fishing, as well as boating, are important activities for the town, which is a centre for Australia’s abalone industry.
Council manages Mallacoota foreshore land spanning from Bastion Point to the Croajingolong National Park boundary, and the Betka River day use area.
The Mallacoota Foreshore Management Plan aims to provide strategic directions for the management and use of the foreshore to protect and enhance the natural and cultural values; facilitate recreational use and tourism; and optimise benefits to the local community and to visitors both for present and future generations.
Independent Compliance Audit of Environmental Management Plan 2020 Operation and Maintenance Audit 2020
Mallacoota’s electricity supply can fail due to natural events occurring in its remote location in the far-east of Victoria. Any interruption to the single, three-phase line supplying Mallacoota can interrupt supply for up to several days. Reasons for outages can include fallen trees and bark, fire, flood and animals contacting the line. AusNet Services has improved the transmission line but cannot prevent all interruptions.
The Mallacoota Sustainable Energy project is being driven by the Mallacoota Sustainable Energy Group, a group of residents working to secure a more reliable electricity supply, along with AusNet Services and council.
The project is assessing the potential to prevent interruption to electricity supply by developing the capacity to use locally generated and stored electricity when external supply is unavailable.
AusNet Services and council funded a feasibility study of alternative solutions. The Sustainable Energy for Mallacoota – Feasibility Study investigated the current context and feasible future options for low-carbon energy supply and improved security to Mallacoota.
Specifically it focused on:
To read the full report or find out more about the work, please email or call Tricia Hiley on 0412 312 881.