Welcome to the Barwon Coast (Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads)
The Barwon Coast, centred on the townships of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove, is a wonderful place, brimming with natural beauty and a rich cultural and historical heritage.
The Barwon Coast Committee of Management (Barwon Coast) has the responsibility for the management of the coastal crown land reserves from Collendina on the eastern boundary of Ocean Grove, through to Blue Rocks to the west of 13th Beach.
The Barwon Coast combines a broad estuary system, fragile dunes and long beaches, producing a landscape with high environmental and conservation values. The coast is also important for recreation, with surf beaches, as well as beaches that are safer for families and a range of accommodation on offer.
We welcome visitors who are keen to enjoy all that this unique region has to offer, in a responsible and respectful way. We also welcome community input to help us balance the wishes of recreational users with the conservation of the natural environment.
Stay with us at our Barwon Heads Caravan Park, Riverview Family Caravan Park - Ocean Grove or the Riverside Camping area, all located on the south-west coast of Victoria near Queenscliff (car ferry) and Torquay (Great Ocean Road).
DOGS ON BEACHES
Please remember that from 18th December to 31st January dogs are prohibited from most local beaches. View our brochure below for full details Dogs on Beaches
2013 VICTORIAN COASTAL AWARD WINNERS
At the 2013 award night Barwon Coast won the State Award for "Education" with our "Kids @ the Coast" activity booklet.
The activity booklet deals with issues such as litter impacts and prevention, dune erosion and personal safety, wildlife protection, habitat protection, and education on recycling programs
Within the first year of distribution these simple environmental messages and actions have reached in excess of 5000 people.
The 2013 award follows up on our success at the 2011 Victorian Coastal Awards when we won the State Award for "Education" with our Community Connections program.
Key messages conveyed through our education program include responsible pet ownership, the value of indigenous flora and fauna, controlled access to protect dunes systems; and threatened species issues.
COASTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN 2012-2015 (CMP)
The Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Ryan Smith MP, by letter of 5th April 2013, advised that he had approved the contents of the Barwon Coast CMP.
The CMP details what Barwon Coast seeks to achieve over the next three years.
Download the Coastal Management Plan 2012-2015 (PDF 3.4Mb)
Have a look at our 2012/13 financial statements
ANNUAL REPORT 2012-13 click on this link to have a look at our first Annual Report
Barwon Coast Update
ANNUAL REPORT 2013/14
Click here to see our Annual Report that details our achievements in natural resource protection / management; our caravan park operations ; our education program and our working with a range of community based volunteer groups.
ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT 2013/14
Click here to see our annual financial report for 2013/14 that records just over $5m in caravan park revenue that was used to fund nearly $1m of work on our coastal environment plus capital works and caravan park operations
Following upon the retirement of long serving Chairman Mark Edmonds , The Minister for Environment and Climate Change has announced that he has appointed Tony Overman as the new Chairman of Barwon Coast
Tony is a sustainability professional with expertise in environmental and natural resources management and corporate sustainability planning. He currently works as Coordinator, Strategy and Sustainability with Barwon Water and lectures in sustainability at the Gordon TAFE.
COMMITEE MEMBER CHANGES
On the 31st September 2014 long serving Committee Members Danny Keating and John Lesser retired. On the same date Chairman Mark Edmonds resigned from the Committee after 13 years service as a volunteer committee member including 8 years as Chairman. Those 3 members had given a substantial amount of their time as volunteers on the Committee and their experience and commitment will be sorely missed.
To fill those vacancies the Minister for Environment and Climate Change has appointed three new members to the Committee being Ocean Grove residents Briony Darcy, Phil Emery and Ross Middleton
TRAIL- 33W SIGNPOST TO STEPHENS PARADE - OPEN
Barwon Coast has for a number of years promoted the provision of safer access from Barwon Heads to 13th Beach both on road and off road.
Following upon community feedback to the December 2010 Trail proposal Barwon Coast resolved to proceed with the trail from beach access 33W Signpost to the turning bowl in Stephens Parade. The proposed track to the Surf Club from 33W was put on hold until the outcomes of the multi agency investigations into pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle safety on 13th Beach Rd were completed. These investigations are ongoing.
Application was subsequently made to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries for Coastal Management Act consent for the trail from 33W to Stephens Parade noting that the trail generally follows the direction of the existing informal trails. Such consent was received and Barwon Coast then applied for an obtained a Planning Permit from the City of Greater Geelong.
As part of the Coastal Management Act consent Barwon Coast has developed an approved Vegetation Management Plan (Net Gain) for the coastal dunes.
The trail opened in September 2014
PLAYGROUND UPGRADE - FLINDERS PARADE BARWON HEADS
The $200,000 playground upgrade was opened in time for the 2013/14 summer holidays. The upgrade includes features to meet the needs of people of all abilities as does the adjacent amenity block.
Keep Australia Beautiful Awards - Winner.
Ocean Grove is the Friendliest Beach in Victoria. At the 2010 Keep Australia Beautiful - Clean Beach Awards the Ocean Grove Main Beach was announced as the State winner of a Friendly Beach category. The Award recognises the community benefit of the construction of a ramp to the beach to meet the needs of people of all abilities, whist rebuilding of the Seawall and promenade.
Take a look at the Victorian Coastal Strategy
Prepared by the Victorian Coastal Council, the new strategy provides a five-year plan for managing Victoria's coastline in the face of major ongoing change.
Ocean Grove Spit Draft Landscape Masterplan.
In late December 2009, a draft of a 10 year landscape masterplan was released for feedback from campers and the local community. The period for commenting on the draft masterplan has now closed and all submissions have been reviewed. A detailed survey of the proposed walking trail will be undertaken as the first stage of the project.
FREE SHUTTLE BUS
The free shuttle bus runs around Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove over peak summer and we thank our gold sponsors Coles, City of Greater Geelong and Barwon Heads Community Bank branch - Bendigo Bank for their support.
In the 13/14 summer over 5,500 people used the service over the 5 weeks thereby significantly reducing private vehicle usage on the summer clogged roads.
Port of Barwon Heads - Safety & Environment Management Plan.
Local Community Group Contacts.