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.
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.