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OVERVIEW

We have prepared a detailed draft plan to guide redevelopment of the Bancoora Beach Precinct, which includes the area from Breamlea Road along Surf Club Lane, Breamlea, following extensive community consultation in 2018.

We are seeking your input on the recommendations in the plan. We’re also hoping to identify if there are any issues or opportunities we’ve overlooked.

The Bancoora Beach Precinct is crown land managed by City of Greater Geelong. The precinct directly adjoins the Breamlea Flora and Fauna Reserve and provides habitat for rare and threatened birds including Orange Bellied Parrot, Hooded Plover and sensitive Coastal Saltmarsh, Moonah Woodland and Dune Scrub vegetation. It includes the Surf Life Saving Club building, carparks, Surf Club Lane, coastal reserves and various infrastructure.

The Breamlea Surf Life Saving Club has provided summer beach patrols for over 50 years and the quiet beach has long been popular with local surfers, swimmers, walkers, dog walkers and naturalists. Bancoora Beach is the closest beach to new residential development areas at Armstrong Creek and there has been a significant rise in beach visitor numbers. As with other areas along the coast, visitor numbers are expected to continue to increase and at times may exceed the capacity of existing facilities to cope.

View the proposed plan and give feedback here before Monday 29 March 2021.




A (draft) Plan was developed to advise local residents and visitors of potential changes to the Bancoora Beach Precinct in 2018 (see Document Library to the right hand side of the page for a copy of the draft plan).

Key objectives include:

  • Identify and define areas that can accommodate visitors and provide adequate facilities and interpretive information at these locations.
  • Ensure future provision of recreation infrastructure in the coastal environment is sustainable and sensitive to environmental needs and not excessive to local community and visitor requirements.
  • Ensure that emergency management measures are developed to meet current and future use.
  • Promote understanding of the unique natural dynamic system and the actions individuals can undertake to assist in protection of the environment.
  • Recognize and protect unique cultural values of the area.

An extensive consultation process was undertaken during the preparation of the (draft) Plan in the summer of 2017-2018 including:

  • A community workshop held at the Surf Life Saving attended by over 30 people.
  • An Information leaflet and questionnaire No. 1 prepared and letterbox dropped to residents in Breamlea with additional copies and display copies made available at the Breamlea shop and Surf Life Saving Club.
  • An Information leaflet and questionnaire No 2 prepared targeting Breamlea Holiday Park guests and beach day visitors over the busy summer holiday period.
  • Consultation with key stakeholders.
  • The (draft) Plan displayed at the reserve.

FEEDBACK


WHAT WE’VE HEARD SO FAR

The statements below relate to what we have heard during the engagement so far.


3 March, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Would like to see an interpretive facility outlining the environmental values of Bancoora and information on Hooded Plover conservation.”

3 March, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Would like to see refurbishment of the existing Surf Club, including better shower and toilet facilities.”

3 March, 2021

Anonymous says:

“There should be no increase to the environmental footprint from changes to the Surf Club or car park.”

3 March, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Future buildings need to be sympathetic to the natural environment not objectionable.”

3 March, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Better and more prominent signage regarding dog access within the car park would also be helpful.”

3 March, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Public transport could alleviate pressure from cars, this will put even greater pressure on the unspoiled beach environment.”

3 March, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Bootcamps are a particular problem as well as children sliding down the dune face.”

3 March, 2021

Anonymous says:

“In fragile and sensitive environments, limitations must be placed on traffic, cars and people to ensure protection for future generation.”

3 March, 2021

Anonymous says:

“Protection of the dunes on Bancoora Beach is a high priority.”

The personal information requested on this form is being collected by City of Greater Geelong for the purpose of the Bancoora Beach Concept Plan project or any other directly related purpose. If the personal information is not collected, we may not be able to contact you for further questions or solutions. In this engagement your User Name will be published with your comment, if you wish to make a non-public comment please contact the engagement officer listed. Your personal information will not be disclosed, except as required to do so by law. Our privacy policy is available on our website. If you wish to alter any of the personal information you have supplied to City of Greater Geelong, please contact us by sending an email to privacy@geelongcity.vic.gov.au.