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 one of Victoria's most prized tourism and recreation destinations.

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 to better manage threats associated with climate change, we must effectively balance growth with the protection of significant natural and rural assets.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will work in partnership 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.

Once declared, a Statement of Planning Policy will be prepared which 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.

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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.


The Bellarine Peninsula is renowned for its attractive rural hinterland, boutique wineries and artisan producers.In past community engagement exercises undertaken by government, we’ve heard that the landscapes, history and natural environment are much loved aspects of the Bellarine Peninsula.


When we refer to values, we mean the level of importance or worth you place on something.

In the following questions, you can identify (a) what you value in the Bellarine Peninsula; (b) what you believe are the threats to these values; and (c) how you think these values could be better protected.

You can also pinpoint these values using the below mapping tool.


Tell us what you value about the Bellarine Peninsula

Here is an opportunity to identify places you value on the Bellarine Peninsula. Click 'Add Marker' and drag and drop a pin, make a comment and upload images. You can drop more than one pin.
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1. The Bellarine Peninsula has pristine natural environments, such as the Lake Connewarre, Swan Bay and the Ocean Grove nature reserve.
2. The Bellarine Peninsula has iconic landscapes and scenic views, such as the coastline between Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale, the rolling hills of the northern Bellarine and the long-range views of Swan Bay
3. The Bellarine Peninsula has significant cultural heritage, including Aboriginal cultural heritage, and important military and maritime history.
4. The Bellarine Peninsula has distinctive township characteristics, including distinct coastal settlements in rural settings.
5. The Bellarine Peninsula supports diverse economic sectors, including agriculture, aquaculture, retail and tourism.

If your response is more than 500 words, please use the upload function to submit as an attachment.

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Stories of the future

Other initiatives and prior engagement with the Bellarine Peninsula community have contributed to the development of vision statements for the region. This includes the individual township structures plans prepared by the City of Greater Geelong and the Borough of Queenscliffe, the Geelong Rural Land Use Strategy, the G21 Regional Growth Plan, the Geelong Settlement Strategy and the Bellarine Peninsula Localised Planning Statement.

The following collage captures the sentiments expressed by people and may help inspire your response to this question.

You can also add pictures or drawings to your story.

8. Which of the following statements describe your connection to the Bellarine Peninsula? Tick all that apply
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10. How would you like to be informed about the development of the Bellarine Peninsula Distinctive Area and Landscape project?
11. How would you like to be involved in the engagement for the Bellarine Peninsula Distinctive Areas and Landscapes project?
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