The overwhelming character of this setting type is formed by the frontal dune and the extensive continuous beach which stretches from Reeves Beach to Lakes Entrance. The setting type comprises a frontal dune generally vegetated with scrubby plants such as Leptospermum sp., Acacia sp. and associated sand/salt tolerant plants. The dunes are most susceptible to wind erosion and "blow outs" occur where vegetation is removed. This high energy setting type does not lend itself to development or uncontrolled use. Special management and use practices are necessary to avoid adverse impacts as a consequence of change.
The setting type is generally flat with low visual horizons vulnerable to development. The impacts of taller buildings on the inside dune at Loch Sport, for example, devalue the quality of this otherwise tranquil natural landscape.
The "entrance view" as one approaches Lakes Entrance is a signature vista, memorable to any visitor and should not be compromised by development or poorly considered landscape treatments.
- All development should be kept out of the direct path of the wind and special controls on use in the setting type are essential to avoid erosion problems.
- Clearing of vegetation should be restricted or avoided.
- Access to the beach should be controlled.
- Building height needs to be carefully managed due to the nature of this low and horizontal landscape.
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