Welcome to the Barwon Coast (Ocean Grove & Barwon Heads)

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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).

 

POPULAR TOPICS

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)

FINANCE

Have a look at our financial statements that record nearly $5m in caravan park revenue in 2012/13 that is used to fund nearly $1m of work on our coastal environment plus capital works and caravan park operations

ANNUAL REPORT 2012-13 click on this link to have a look at our first Annual Report

 

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Barwon Coast Update

TRAIL- 33W SIGNPOST TO STEPHENS PARADE

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 Industry 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.

Construction commenced early August 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 1the 3/14 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.