Quick Overview

Within the 13km of coastal Crown land reserves, Barwon Coast also manages the Barwon Heads Caravan Park, Riverview Family Caravan Park and Riverside Camp Ground. The surplus revenue generated from the caravan parks provides funding for the management of the natural and developed coastal environs.

The six key areas of responsibility are:

  • Natural resource protection - protecting local indigenous plants and animals
  • Natural resource development - managing public use and development of the reserves
  • Accommodation operations - maintenance, promotion and improvements
  • Commercial leases and licences
  • Port operations - management of Port of Barwon Heads for safe boating
  • Tourism, recreation and education

Four key business objectives are:

1. Manage threats to the coastal and marine environment:

  • Apply adaptive management principles to all programs
  • Undertake regular pest plant and animal management programs
  • Manage stormwater discharge in conjunction with relevant agencies
  • Manage rubbish collection from beaches and reserves
  • Seek assistance from and work with community groups

2. Protect habitats, flora and fauna:

  • Apply principles of the Victorian Native Vegetation Framework 2002
  • Control dune access
  • Undertake floristic and fauna assessments to better establish an understanding of the natural asset
  • Develop a best practice framework for operational actions
  • Protect local indigenous species
  • Educate the community and foreshore users

3. Manage risks to foreshore users and to the environment:

  • Minimise visitor hazards
  • Educate foreshore users in respect of the risks
  • Monitor recreational activity in respect of threats to the environment and risks to foreshore users
  • Manage the increasing demand for car parking areas on the foreshore
  • Protect and rehabilitate dunes and cliffs

4. Manage resource demand as a Sustainable Organisation:

  • Within accommodation and public areas operations
  • As part of natural resource protection works
  • Through education and encouragement of foreshore users to minimise demand on resources
  • Through water minimisation
  • Through energy efficiency programs
  • Continuously review and refine sustainable practices
  • Allocate appropriate resources, and enlist the support of volunteers where possible
  • Apply the strategy to all facilities and infrastructure