Environment

The coastline provides an inspiring range of visual character and habitat for a diverse range of animals and plants as well as supports our use and suitable development. The Barwon Coast vision statement is: “As the custodian of the Barwon Coast environs, we will ensure its ecological diversity for present and future generations". This vision is reflected in our broad estuary system, fragile dunes and long beach’s producing a landscape that includes Coastal Moonah Woodlands and wetlands with high environmental biodiversity and conservation values.

The coastal reserve from 7W Collendina is predominantly threatened Coastal Moonah Woodlands and provides long uninterrupted views along the beach, whilst the Spit in Ocean Grove is unique in providing access to both the river and the sea environments The Bluff and 13th Beach provide a wild coast experience of cliffs, rock platforms, sand dunes and surf.

Our coastal environment contains significant sites of Aboriginal cultural heritage and European heritage. More recently three additional cultural sites in the Ocean Grove dunes were assessed and approved for inclusion into the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Register. Aboriginal heritage along our coastline is overseen by Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation.

Along our coastline there are a numerous shipwrecks from the 1800’s with remnants remaining on the seafloor today. To support European heritage of the coastline, upgrade of infrastructure along the Barwon estuary foreshore will promote maritime building style.

Victoria's Coast: Community Attitudes & Behaviours video.