Caravan and Camping Parks Master Plan
We have been developing a ten-year Caravan and Camping Parks Master Plan for the caravan parks and campgrounds managed by Barwon Coast. This includes the Breamlea Caravan Park, Barwon Heads Caravan Park, Riverview Family Caravan Park and the Riverside Campground.
With pressures like population growth, ageing infrastructure, sea level rise and demand for camping opportunities, the Master Plan will guide the long-term mix of accommodation types and sites available to ensure a range of accessible camping and visitor experiences.
The draft Master Plan includes the current layout of sites and major features, the future ‘proposed’ layout of sites and key actions for improvement for each of the parks.
Barwon Coast ran a six-week public consultation on the draft Master Plan. The consultation was open from Monday 21 August until Monday 2 October, and is now closed.
The community and campers were invited to have their say and provide feedback on the draft Caravan and Camping Parks Master Plan via an online survey or by sending a submission. We also held community drop in information sessions on Saturday 2 September in Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove, and information sessions for twelve-month permit holders.
We will now consider all feedback received as we develop the final Master Plan.
Steps in Master Plan development
Key steps in the Master Plan process include:
1. Collate background information and understand existing conditions (completed)
2. Set policy context and develop a vision and guiding principles (completed)
3. Clarify accommodation types and infrastructure for each park (completed)
4. Prepare a draft Master Plan for public consultation (completed)
5. Public consultation period – Monday 21 August until Monday 2 October (completed)
6. Complete final master plan (in progress: due late 2023).
The Barwon Coast Coastal and Marine Management Plan 2020-2025 guides the use and management of the beaches, foreshores and caravan parks. The vision of the Plan is “The natural environment of our coastline will flourish whilst meeting the needs of our engaged communities”.
The plan divides the reserve into six landscape precincts and an accommodation services precinct for the caravan parks and camping grounds.
A key action in the Coastal and Marine Management Plan is to develop a master plan for each precinct. The first master plan to be developed is for the ‘accommodation services precinct’ (known as the Camping and Caravan Parks Master Plan).
The Caravan and Camping Parks Master Plan will now be finalised and shared with campers and the community, along with a Community Consultation Report.
Key Project Dates
Partners and stakeholders
This project is being developed in partnership with Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action.
Campers, the local community, and other foreshore users are important stakeholders in this project. Input and feedback from these groups on the draft Master Plan will be an important part of the process.
Liz Patterson, Coastal Planning Manager