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The City of Geelong is giving locals the chance to have their say regarding the development of the coast, wetlands and woodlands between Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale.

The South East Bellarine Coastal Strategy aims to 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.

$160,000 of Council funding has been allocated for the facilitation, engagement, investigation and development of the strategy. The City will consult with adjacent land managers, private landholders and the community. The threats, values and opportunities will also be evaluated in consultation with the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners, in line with their Healthy Country Plan.

The extensive and significant cultural and historical heritage of this site are protected under the Environment and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.

Now entering into Phase 3 of the project, the City is asking for feedback on the draft Bellarine Peninsula Statement of Planning Policy (SPP). This includes a 50-year vision statement, objectives and strategies to achieve the vision, and a declared area framework. The declared area framework plan identifies areas for conservation, long-term protected settlement boundaries, and areas for change within established areas.

The study area may extend further as the strategy is developed.

Share your views and help shape this region

Save the date

Open House community consultation sessions will be conducted in person (covid permitting):

  • 22nd August, 10am – 12 noon – Ocean Grove: Shell Rd Pavilion
  • 23rd August, 12 noon – 2pm – Point Lonsdale: Lonsdale Links Golf Club
  • 24th August, 5pm – 7pm – Point Lonsdale: Lonsdale Links Golf Club

Spread the word

  • Please contact the project manager Angie Poole on the details below if you would like to arrange a City staff member to attend an upcoming community meeting to outline the project in more detail.

Have your say input closes 25th August 2021

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