The Bellarine Peninsula is renowned for its attractive rural hinterland, boutique wineries and artisan producers. With coastal and historic towns, such as Queenscliff, and excellent beaches, it is a tourism and recreation destination.
Given its proximity to Geelong and Melbourne, and reputation as an attractive and relaxed lifestyle destination, areas of the Bellarine Peninsula have been under increasing development pressure. To ensure the region’s long-term sustainability, and manage threats from climate change risks, we must effectively balance growth with the preservation of distinctive features and characteristics.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will work with the City of Greater Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliffe and Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung, to declare the Bellarine Peninsula a Distinctive Area and Landscape under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
The Statement of Planning Policy will include a 50-year vision and strategies, including long-term settlement boundaries, to better protect the unique features of the Bellarine Peninsula for current and future generations.
There will be public engagement throughout the project to capture the community’s input into the long-term vision and direction for the declared areas.
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Community open house
In June 2019 DELWP will be hosting community open houses. You will be able to find out more about the project, and help identify the significant values of the Bellarine Peninsula that need greater protection.
A survey will open in June 2019. The survey will build on past engagement by government, help identify threats to the values of the Bellarine Peninsula, and help identify significant values that need greater protection.