Recent posts

11 August, 2017

Park Your Pet

The City of Greater Geelong has recently launched a free new app that details the 100-plus dog-friendly parks, walking tracks and coastal reserves across Geelong; excluding the Barwon coastline.

The app called 'Park Your Pet' provides information on the range of open spaces and the dog control orders that apply to each place.

The app is an easily accessible format using coloured icons for on-leash and off-leash parks. Dog control orders exist to ensure a safe experience for the wider community, so download the app today.

For Barwon Coast Dog Control Zones click HERE.

10 August, 2017

Ocean Grove Surf Beach Complex Redevelopment

The proposal to redevelop the Ocean Grove Surf Beach Complex, that houses the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club and 'The Dunes' cafe, has progressed significantly with the plans to date made available to the community at an Open House held at the SLSC on Saturday 15th of July 2017.

The project partners, Ocean Grove SLSC, Barwon Coast and their architects Wood Marsh were onsite at the Community Open House discussing with the 60-70 attendees all aspects of the project.  Considerable written positive feedback has also been received.

Members of the community still have the opportunity to view the plans and comment on them, through the Barwon Coast website or by contacting Barwon Coast directly on 5254 1118.

Click on - plans - to view.

10 August, 2017

Community Renewable Energy Forum

A community Renewable Energy Forum is being held on Sunday 27th August from 2pm - 5pm at the Barwon Heads Community Hall, 77 Hitchock Avenue.

You are invited to come and listen to speakers from our local community, Geelong and beyond to find out how you can get involved in transitioning our community to a clean energy future.

The Forum will be structured with What's happening, What we can do, and a public discussion session.

For more information and to reserve a place at the event visit

This is a partnership event brought to you by the Barwon Heads Association, Barwon Heads Sustainability Group, ReEnergise Geelong, Geelong Sustainability, and the City of Greater Geelong.

3 August, 2017

Barwon Estuary Project Science Day

Barwon Heads Primary School grade 5 students took part in the Barwon Estuary Project science day coordinated by the Barwon Estuary Project team and delivered in partnership with Barwon Coast, Parks Victoria and Estuary Watch.    

Sixteen students with an interest in science learnt the importance of the Barwon estuary, what it provides for us and engaged in discussion and interactive activities.

Experiments on the mixing of freshwater and saltwater, soil colour and texture, testing pH and looking at turbidity provided the students with greater understanding on the complex science side of this unique and fragile ecosystem.

This schools program is not over yet with the following weeks to be filled with more engaging and exciting opportunities for students.



10 February, 2017

Activity Provider - Expressions of Interest

Barwon Coast are now seeking applications from providers wishing to conduct activities such as fitness classes and training on our coastal reserves along the ocean and river at Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove.

​Please contact our office on 5254 1118 or email for a copy of the information & registration document for applicants.

Applications will be accepted until 4:00pm, Monday 27th February 2017

10 January, 2017

Ocean Grove Disabled Surfers Association Events

Ocean Grove Main Beach will be the centre of focus on the Sunday of the first weekend of February and March when the Ocean Grove Disabled Surfers Association conduct their events open for an opportunity for any disabled person to enjoy the experience of the surf.

The team welcomes the support of community members to assist the participants for a safe experience, if you are interested please phone Phil 0408 253 206, Nick 0425 713 208

29 December, 2016


The warmer weather provides us with opportunities to attend social gatherings and stay longer periods out in the natural environment, which is good for our health.

People are trying to do the right thing by leaving rubbish at overflowing bin receptacles which may seem harmless, but actually has a significant negative impact on the local environment. The reality of leaving your rubbish in open areas leads to decreased water quality, harms wildlife including marine birds and mammals, and can make our fish toxic; fish that you eat.

When bins are full there are alternatives like, source another bin or take your rubbish home where you can securely stow it away from our wildlife and windy weather.

Litter is every bodies concern and we all have a duty of care to ensure we do not unintentionally litter. Let's clean up our mess together.

Healthy places means healthy people and healthy wildlife. waterways and landscapes.

Together we can make a difference.

28 December, 2016

Have Your Say on Coastal Management

Barwon Coast has embarked on the next iteration of its Coastal Management Plan (CMP) and is calling community to come and have your say.

Barwon Coast Committee of Management (BCCM) manages 13km of coastal Crown land on the Bellarine Peninsula. As required in the Coastal Management Act 1995, BCCM is developing a Coastal Management Plan to provide a long term vision for the area. A CMP is essentially an agreement between government, the committee and its stakeholder community on how the coastal reserves will be managed.

Our goal for the Coastal Management Plan is to ensure ecological diversity for present and future generations who frequent the Barwon Coast environs, while managing increased pressures such as population growth and climate change. As a result, community consultation is very important to help guide the development of the Coastal Management Plan.

In developing a strong and responsive CMP, Barwon Coast would like to engage all community stakeholders through the following options:

1  Attend a community pop up session at Star Fish Bakery, Barwon Heads on Friday 30th December 2016, any time between 10am & 12pm; or 

2  Use the online user friendly CollabMap tool.  The map allows you to provide your comments on the things you value, challenges that you believe need to be addressed and your ideas for the future of the coastal reserves of Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads. ;  or

3   Email your comments to


Keep your eye out for more community pop up sessions over the next couple of week.

Comments will be received until Sunday 22nd January 2017.

More information on Have your Say can be found HERE.

19 December, 2016

No Jetty Jumping

For your safety, do not jump or dive from the Barwon Heads Jetty or the William Buckley Pedestrian Bridge into the Barwon River.

An incident could have a lifelong impact on yourself or a friend, please note the story from the attached news article.  

The river is a dynamic environment and is always changing.

22 November, 2016

Meet the Neighbours

Barwon Coast and Ocean Grove Coastcare calling all beach users to come on down to 13W to a free community event.  It doesn't matter if you just like to walk the beach, surf, lay quietly on the sand to reflect the day, or run your dogs down the beach this event is for you.  The day is about meeting up with others to chat about all things coastal. We would love to hear from  you.

There will be fun interactive games for all ages. Test your skills and knowledge.Free give aways.  Free dog behaviour advice from Jimmy's Dog Training Services.  

Meet the Neighbours is about community caring for community. Come on down I triple dog dare ya!

Saturday 3rd December

13W beach access way - Hodgson Street Ocean Grove

8:30am till 12:30pm.


28 September, 2016

Paddlers Safety

Maritime Safety Victoria invites you to complete a questionnaire to improve paddlers safety.

You can complete this survey by clicking on 

13 July, 2016

Assisting Barwon Heads Primary School

During July the Conservation Volunteers Australia Green Army team worked alongside Barwon Coast staff spending the day providing support at the Barwon Heads Primary School to prepare a section of garden bed.  

This day was part of the Green Army's community day contributing to local community environmental outcomes. The Green Army, a Federal Government initiative, is a great opportunity for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields.

We also acknowledge and thank Robbo's Excavations for  undertaking stage 1 of the works.  This garden bed will now be turned into a habitat garden by the students later in term, providing valuable native vegetation  for the many local birds and possums.

28 June, 2016

TAKE2 - Climate Change Pledge

TAKE2 is Victoria's collective pledge initiative to take action on climate change to help Victoria reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

TAKE2 is open to all Victorians; state government, businesses, local councils, community groups, educational organisations and individuals who want to be part of Victoria's action on climate change.

By participating in the TAKE2 program Victorians have the opportunity to:

  • Publicly commit to taking immediate action on climate change;
  • Contribute to Victoria's leadership on climate change;
  • Be part of the first State-led pledging program in Australia, and one of the mot comprehensive in the world;
  • Help build Victoria's 2020 interim emissions reduction goal;
  • Drive innovation and new technology to address climate change;
  • Showcase how they are making a difference and inspire others to do the same; and
  • Be part of the solution.

To find out more go to:




23 June, 2016

Pets Day Out

Barwon Coast joined forces with the City of Greater Geelong's Environment Unit and Animal Control Officers to disseminate the current dog control orders for our coastline. The day was also about creating awareness on our natural landscape values and simple actions that can be undertaken to ensure its preservation for future generations.

The day was a huge success with the team interacting with around 70 visitors to the event, who were very receptive to finding out more about wildlife on our beaches.

Dogs on beaches are a privilege not a right, and we must all understand and accept that we may have to change our own behaviour from time to time to share this valuable resource.

A copy of the dog control orders for our coastline may be downloaded from this site, or contact the Barwon Coast office ph: 5254 1118 to receive a hard copy in the mail.

Together we can make a difference.

16 May, 2016

Surf Beach Complex Redevelopment

Barwon Coast continues to work with the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club to finalise the plans for the redevelopment of the building.  The redevelopment of the Surf Life Saving Club and The Dunes Cafe is considered a high priority project and all efforts are being made to finalise plans as soon as possible.  When finalised, redevelopment timelines will be established so that work can begin at the earliest opportunity for all concerned.

16 May, 2016

Remains Closed 31W Cylinders

Barwon Coast is continuing to work on options for access from the "Cylinders" car park down to 13th Beach.  The site of the old staircase, lost late last year, is still active and presents almost unsurmountable problems for rebuilding on the same site. All other options are being investigated including funding possibilities for those options.  Barwon Coast knows it is a popular site and has received input form stakeholder groups supporting a replacement access in some form.  We will continue to work toward the best outcome possible and to keep the community updated as planning progresses.

12 May, 2016

Barwon Estuary Project

This local community project aims to increase knowledge and appreciation of the biodiversity and fragility of the Barwon Estuary.  The project team is calling for participants to record estuary observations online or in a diary, attend workshops, guided walks and expert talks, and contribute to a community publication. As residents and visitors develop a communal understanding of the estuary and become more skilled in sharing their learning and observations via a range of communication strategies, the community will be more motivated and able to collaboratively initiate practical and innovative conservation activities using the infrastructure and experience of existing groups such as Barwon Estuary Watch, Barwon Coast and Barwon Heads Sustainability Group.

Coming Soon

  • Bird photography workshop: Sunday 19th June 2016, 2-4pm;
  • Guided Walk - History, Plants & Water of the estuary: Sunday 14th August 2016, 2-4pm.

Both activities are free and all ages welcome.

Register your interest:  



2 May, 2016

M~M2016 - May 6th Geelong's 80km Extreme Arts Walk

Be part of an 80km extreme arts journey of discovery over two day and 11 stages.

M~M beings at the You Yangs mountain range on Friday 6th May, crosses Geelong's industrial heartland at nightfall and arrives in the city centre to collide with Geelong After Dark, a night of extreme and unexpected arts.

At dawn the next day, follow the Barwon River through rolling Bellarine farmland, along ocean beaches finishing at the mouth of the Barwon estuary at sunset.

The route is punctuated with edgy artworks commissioned for M~M, bringing people together through shared experiences of extreme arts that celebrate our land. In the tradition of Wadawurrung, M~M creates a contemporaty songline across the Geelong and Queenscliffe regions.

You choose the distance and the challenge. Register now at

For more information contact Duncan Esler - phone 03 5272 4773

15 April, 2016

13th April 2016 -Statement from the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change - Ocean Grove SLSC

"Upgrading the Ocean Grove SLSC was one of my key election commitments and I am working with the club and community about how we best progress this project.

A recent report that suggested the surf club upgrade has been deferred is incorrect.  The upgrade of the Ocean Grove SLSC building has not been deferred and the timing of this upgrade is no way related to the re-lease request by the adjoining Dunes Cafe.

I am working with the Barwon Coast Committee of Management and the Ocean Grove SLSC about how we best progress the redevelopment of the surf club.

The Andrews Labor Government has committed $2.67 million towards the upgrade of the surf club to ensure that the club has the facilities to allow it to grow and continue to do the important work it does every summer - saving our lives.

I made this election commitment, the project will go ahead."

10 March, 2016

Park Smart

Thieves  everywhere are opportunistic,  and our coastal reserves are no different.

Prevent becoming a statistic down the coast, protect yourselves and your valuables by locking your cars, removing your valuables or be prepared to lose them.


1 February, 2016

Local Port S&EMP

Barwon Coast has the management role for the Local Port of Barwon Heads, an important aspect of the management is engaging with users to have safety and environmental awareness as priorities in the local port activity. A Safety and Environment Management Plan has been prepared for that purpose. The plan is an active document where inputs from users can support the SEMP's review and update, the opportunity for observations and comment is available at any time though that opportunity is highlighted at the beginning of this new year. The SEMP can be downloaded from the web site, visit Environment - Boating.   

18 January, 2016

Green Army

We are pleased to have gained advice from the Federal Government of a Green Army team to support our habitat protection and visitor services programs to begin in May 2016, in 2015 Barwon Coast gained support from the Federal Government’s Green Army program. A team of ten young people worked with enthusiasm along the coastline over a period of 24 weeks taking part in controlling pest plant and animals, professional development days and construction works such as a all abilites lookout upgrade near 30W access way along 13th Beach. Importantly, for team members, they received valuable training and experience in many aspects of coastal Crown land management.

Please contact Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) in Geelong, phone 5221 0300, if you have an interest in being involved. 

9 December, 2015

Sand dune rehabilitation - Ocean Grove

In an endeavour to protect the eroding sand dunes east of the Ocean Grove beach emergency vehicle access ramp a geotextile sand bag wall has been constructed along the toe of the sand dune for 50 metres, the sand dune face was replenished with a large amount of sand moved from the nearby lower beach area and placed on the dunes. The area has been re-fenced along the toe of the dunes and signs warning everyone to keep off the dunes for safety and to protect the works, have been installed.

1 December, 2015

Shared Trail 33W Signpost to Stephens Parade

We welcome the use of the shared trail as 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.

Brochures and maps available from a number of shops around both towns.

1 December, 2015

Borrow a bag scheme

Barwon Coast is a partner in the Let Our Sea Be Plastic Bag Free project being implemented throughout the township of Barwon Heads and expanding to Ocean Grove. To assist us in caring for the coast, we encourage everybody to work towards minimising the use of plastic bags. The ‘Borrow a Bag’ scheme is now available in Barwon Heads, so don’t worry if you forget to take a reusable shopping bag with you, you can now borrow one of the many bags made free at designated points. Simply borrow a bag, use it and return it next time you go to the shops. Bags can be collected from Barwon Heads Caravan Park and Barwon Heads IGA.

1 December, 2015

New toilet 20W ocean side

A new public toilet has been constructed on the ocean side of the bridge at 20W access way car park. This development includes two unisex toilets with disabled access. The toilet block has minimal environmental impacts and includes a low-water use system.