Barwon Coast Committee of Management Inc. (Barwon Coast) is appointed by the Victorian State Government to manage 15km of coastal Crown land through the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads townships, along the Bass Strait coast of the Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. Barwon Coast has the charter to protect and enhance the natural environment and provide opportunities for the community to enjoy the coastline. Our vision is that the natural environment of our coastline will flourish whilst meeting the needs of our engaged communities.
Committee members are appointed under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 and are selected through a public skills-based ‘expression of interest’ process and volunteer their time to oversee the business operations of Barwon Coast; having responsibility for:
The natural values of the foreshore reserves
Cultural heritage protection
The Port of Barwon Heads
Caravan parks and camping ground
Commercial leases, licences and permits
Implementation of tourism, recreation and educational services and facilities
Barwon Coast has a work force of around 50 employees to deliver state government policies on behalf of all Victorians. Revenue of around $5M annually is generated from caravan park operations, lease, licence and permit fees and grant applications.