The Bellarine Peninsula is known for its attractive rural hinterland, boutique wineries and artisan producers. With historic towns such as Queenscliff and excellent beaches, it is a tourism and recreation destination.

Given its proximity to both Geelong and Melbourne, and its reputation as an attractive and relaxed lifestyle destination, areas of the Bellarine Peninsula are under significant urban development pressure, as well as under threat from climate change risks.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will work in collaboration with the Borough of Queenscliffe, the City of Greater Geelong, and Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung People in preparing the draft Statement of Planning Policy, with input from local communities and other key stakeholders.


On 29 October 2019 the Bellarine Peninsula was declared a Distinctive Area and Landscape under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The declaration triggers the requirement to prepare a Statement of Planning Policy.

A copy of the Declaration and map of the Declared Area are available to download in the Document Library.

Statement of Planning Policy

The Statement of Planning Policy will include a 50-year vision and land use strategies to better protect the unique features of the Bellarine Peninsula for current and future generations. It also provides the opportunity to designate long term settlement boundaries.

The Policy will be informed by strategic planning work already undertaken, relevant technical studies and outcomes from community engagement.

Results of phase one engagement

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) undertook its first phase of public engagement from 14 May 2019 to 15 July 2019.

The engagement sought community feedback on:

  • What is most valued about the Bellarine Peninsula?
  • What threats there are to these values?
  • Ways we could protect what is valued?
  • The vision for the future of the Bellarine Peninsula?

A summary of phase one engagement findings and the full public engagement report are available to download from the Document Library.

Next steps

Now the declaration of the Bellarine Peninsula as a Distinctive Area and Landscape has been made, work on the Statement of Planning Policy has begun.

A second phase of public engagement is being planned for late 2019 to early 2020 which provides an opportunity to provide input on the policy directions. A further phase of public engagement will occur next year on the draft Statement of Planning Policy, which will include a public submissions process.

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