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Southeast Bellarine Coastal Strategy

About the area

The Southeast Bellarine Coastal Strategy relates to the coastal dune system, woodlands and wetlands along the southern coast of the Bellarine which retains some of the last remaining areas for nature in the region. This area, in Wadawurrung country, covers the ‘green wedge’ between the Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale urban fringe.

It is bordered by private land and Shell Road in the north; Point Lonsdale in the east; Collendina in the west and Buckley Park Foreshore Reserve in the south (see image). The study area may extend further as the strategy is developed.

The landscape is intrinsically linked via water flows from Bonnyvale wetlands, through the natural coastal wetlands of the Lake Victoria system and then through to Swan Bay, which is managed by Parks Victoria.

The environmental features of the region provide habitat for threatened species and communities listed under the Environment and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. This includes Coastal Moonah Woodland, Coastal Saltmarsh, Orange-bellied Parrot and migratory bird habitat and Hooded Plover breeding areas.

This area has extensive and significant cultural heritage and historical sites, and plays a vital role as a dune system in the protection of coastal and climate change impacts.

Background

In 2019 the Ocean Grove Community Association (OGCA) organised a public forum to discuss future developments between the townships of Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove. The forum objective was to produce a draft vision for the area and an understanding of the concerns, opportunities and risks of a Southern Bellarine Coastal Trail. The OCGA's vision statement will be considered through this project, along with input from other key community groups and stakeholders in the region.

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The strategy will provide an overarching vision and guidance for the area, outline the desired outcomes and recommend suitable opportunities and priority actions to be implemented in protecting and enhancing this nationally significant conservation region.

The City will conduct consultation for the Southeast Bellarine Coastal Strategy with adjacent land managers, private land holders and the community. This process aims to involve the Geelong community in sharing ideas and developing a greater sense of stewardship of the site.

Threats, values and opportunities will also be evaluated in consultation with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners, in line with their Healthy Country Plan.

The project coincides with the delivery by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Distinctive Area Landscape (DAL) Project. The Draft Statement of Planning Policy, which has just been released, aims to conserve and enhance the significant landscapes, environment, biodiversity and cultural heritage of the region.

  • $160,000 of Council funding has been allocated for the facilitation, engagement, investigation and development of the strategy.

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