Unofficial: Bellarine Peninsula ‘Distinctive Areas and Landscapes’ in-person information session announcement

In-person information sessions: draft Bellarine Peninsula Statement of Planning Policy

I am emailing to confirm that we are planning to hold four in-person information sessions where you can learn more about the draft Bellarine Peninsula Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) and ask questions. 

Attendees must register for a 30-minute session. This will be capped at 15 people to meet density limits. All attendees must follow the current Victorian Government’s public health advice regarding the use of masks, contact tracing and social distancing.  

The in-person public information sessions will be held as follows    

·       22nd July 2021 Leopold Library, 31-39 Kensington Rd, Leopold - please register for a 30-min session at this event via  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bellarine-peninsula-draft-spp-in-person-information-session-leopold-tickets-163004788711 to attend.  

·       27th July 2021 Bellarine Anglican Parish, 45 – 55 Collins St, Drysdale - please register for a 30-min session at this event via  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bellarine-peninsula-draft-spp-in-person-information-session-drysdale-tickets-163019043347 to attend.  

·       29th July 2021 Bellarine Training and Community Hub, 1 John Dory Drive, Ocean Grove – please register for a 30-min session at this event via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bellarine-peninsula-draft-spp-in-person-information-session-ocean-grove-tickets-163021468601 to attend.  

·       30th July 2021 Queenscliff Uniting Church, Corner of Hesse and Stokes St, Queenscliff - please register for a 30-min session at this event via  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bellarine-peninsula-draft-spp-in-person-information-session-queenscliff-tickets-163022192767 to attend.  

A range of times in the afternoon and evening are available. Please register as soon as possible to ensure you get your preferred time.

The in-person information sessions may help inform your written submission. Please note it is preferred that you do not lodge your submission at the information session. Please follow the guidance below on how to lodge your submission.  

Have your say 

You are invited to view the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP and provide a written submission. 

You can view the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP, as well as supporting technical documents, by visiting the Bellarine Peninsula Engage Victoria project page.

You can choose to complete either a short or long form submission and attach further information as part of your submission. Submissions will be treated as public documents and will be published on the Victorian Government’s engagement website. Proforma submissions and petitions will only be counted as one submission, and any contact will be made through the first-named person. 

Submissions must be received by 5.00pm on Friday 20 August 2021 and must be lodged through the Bellarine Peninsula Engage Victoria project page. 

Further information 

·       Call 136 186 (open 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)  

·       Email planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au  

·       Visit Bellarine Peninsula Engage Victoria project page 

·       Read our Frequently Asked Questions that are available on the Engage Victoria project page 

Kind regards,  

Mia Davison  

Project Director, Distinctive Areas and Landscapes  

Planning | Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning  

8 Nicholson Street East Melbourne 3002  

Draft Bellarine Statement of Planning Policy Released

3 July 2021

From Mia Davison  Project Director, Distinctive Areas and Landscapes  

Public consultation on the draft Bellarine Peninsula Statement of Planning Policy is now open 

Thank you for your interest in our Bellarine Peninsula Distinctive Area and Landscape project. On behalf of the Victorian Government, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is seeking your feedback on a draft Bellarine Peninsula Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) to guide the future of land use and development on the Bellarine Peninsula for the next 50 years. It has been developed by DELWP in collaboration with the Borough of Queenscliffe, the City of Greater Geelong Council and the Traditional Owners, the Wadawurrung, and other government agencies. 

The iconic Bellarine Peninsula is known for eye-catching coastlines, unique habitats, rural landscapes, primary producers, historic villages and a relaxed coastal lifestyle. From busy towns like Ocean Grove and Drysdale to the small laidback villages of Queenscliff and Indented Head, the Bellarine Peninsula is a place where Victorian’s can live or holiday, enjoying coastal views and locally grown produce. The characteristics that make the Bellarine Peninsula such a desirable place to live and visit, however, are under threat from over-development, increased visitation and the effects of climate change.  

The draft SPP provides an important step towards protecting the valued attributes of the Bellarine Peninsula declared area. It will help ensure environmental resilience, provide certainty for investment, and build a strong economy for current and future generations. Once finalised and implemented, the SPP will provide the highest level of state planning protection.  

Have your say 

You are invited to view the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP and provide a submission. 

Submissions must be received by 5.00pm on Friday 20 August 2021 and must be lodged through the Engage Victoria platform at https://engage.vic.gov.au/distinctive-areas-and-landscapes-program/bellarine-peninsula 

You can view the draft Bellarine Peninsula SPP, as well as supporting technical documents, by visiting the above Engage Victoria website page. You can choose to complete either a short or long form submission, and attach further information as part of your submission. Submissions will be treated as public documents and will be published on the Victorian Government’s engagement website. Proforma submissions and petitions will only be counted as one submission, and any contact will be made through the first-named person. 

Public information sessions 

DELWP is continuing to deliver the Victorian Government’s Distinctive Areas and Landscapes program while being guided by the Victorian Government’s public health advice at the time. We propose holding in-person and online public information sessions where you can hear more about the proposals and ask questions. These sessions will take place during the public consultation period. Visit the Engage Victoria project page, https://engage.vic.gov.au/distinctive-areas-and-landscapes-program/bellarine-peninsula, for dates, times and locations of these information sessions.  Please subscribe to email updates to stay up-to-date on the project and the timing of information sessions. 

Further information 

·         Call 136 186 (open 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)  

·         Email planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au  

·         Visit Engage Victoria page Bellarine Peninsula Engage Victoria project page 

·         Read our Frequently Asked Questions that are available on the Engage Victoria project page. 

Meet the Mayor & CEO of CoGG – 4 Aug 2021 @ 7pm

4 August 2021 – 2021 OGCA AGM and Community Forum with the Mayor and CEO of the City of Greater Geelong

This forum is scheduled for Wednesday 4 August 2021 commencing at 7pm at the Ocean Grove Bowls Club. 

Booking details are via Eventbrite to help us manage a Covid safe forum. Please book using the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/meet-the-mayor-ceo-cogg-at-the-ogca-agm-and-community-forum-tickets-157006367271

Community members are encouraged to put forward questions and issues via email by 23 July 2021 which we will provide to the Mayor and the CEO 7 days before the forum to help them be better prepared to respond on the night.

Please email your questions to us at: ogcommunityassn@gmail.com

We will include an opportunity for questions from the forum attendees on the night through the forum moderator.

The forum will close at 9pm.

Enough is Enough 2021 – Protect Our Town Boundary – Update June 2021

Oakdene Winery

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Stop developers changing the Ocean Grove Town Settlement Boundary.

Ocean Grove Community Assn Inc started this petition to Lisa Neville MP and 3 others

Developers and some landowners are currently seeking to change the Ocean Grove Town Settlement Boundary to allow even more housing development.

If you’d like to stop the sprawl of Ocean Grove and help us retain the seaside town and natural environment we all love about our town, please sign this petition.

Developers want the land to the west of Grubb Road, the land east of Banks Road and the strip of land to the north between the current Oakdene housing development and the Bellarine Highway to be included in the Ocean Grove Town Settlement Boundary. 

We are in the critical window now in June 2021 with the release of a draft Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) document by DELWP expected this month (June) for community consultation and feedback. This SPP is part of the Bellarine Distinctive Areas and Landscapes (DAL)process. This SPP must include the establishment of the permanent settlement boundary for our town of Ocean Grove and not open up yet more green spaces to developers.

Say NO to this – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Sign up on our on line petition at:

https://www.change.org/p/lisa-neville-mp-enough-is-enough-stop-developers-changing-the-ocean-grove-town-settlement-boundary

The Ocean Grove Community Association Inc considers that the Ocean Grove Town Settlement Boundary as depicted in the Geelong Council graphic in this petition should be retained and reinforced as the long-term settlement boundary for Ocean Grove through the position currently contained in The City of Greater Geelong Settlement Strategy Amendment C395, and through The Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DEWLP) Statement of Planning Policy for the Bellarine Distinctive Areas and Landscapes.

The City of Greater Geelong’s Settlement Strategy plan is to keep the Ocean Grove Town Settlement Boundary as it is.  Developers, unsuccessfully challenged this strategy at an Independent Panel Hearing (Amendment C395). Developers still want more land for development and will try again through the Bellarine DAL process being run by DELWP.

The Ocean Grove Community Association Inc says ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and supports the Council’s position of no change to our existing town settlement boundary.

What can you do about it?  If you share our view don’t sit back and watch as our town is changed forever – make your voice heard – if you think ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

  • Add your name to this petition.
  • Email the Member for the Bellarine Lisa Neville MP, and tell her “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” and you don’t want the Ocean Grove town settlement boundary changed to allow more development and you strongly support the Geelong Council’s current position in Amendment C395. Email:  lisa.neville@parliament.vic.gov.au
  • Email the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne MP and tell him “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” and you don’t want the Ocean Grove town settlement boundary changed to allow more development and you strongly support the Geelong Council’s current position in Amendment C395. Email: richard.wynne@parliament.vic.gov.au
  • Share your concerns with your friends on social media or over coffee. Encourage them to have a voice and sign the petition and participate in the email campaign. Ask them to tell their friends and colleagues.  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

The best way for people to keep in touch is:

  • Like or follow the Ocean Grove Community Association Facebook page.
  • Become a member of Ocean Grove Community Association at:
  • Follow our regular updates in local newspapers.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, stop the sprawl of Ocean Grove and help us retain the seaside town and natural environment we all love about our town. Please sign this petition and tell your friends.

These grape vines subdivided
These grape vines to be subdivided into houses

Grubb Road Update – June 2021

Update 13/6/21

  • We have been pushing RRV on when they will conduct the next community engagement activity on Grubb Road.
  • We spoke to their Communications Manager on 28/4 who advised:
    • RRV plan is still hoping to conduct the next community engagement in June or July this year.
    • The method of community engagement will be on line and if Covid restrictions allow face to face.
    • Engagement will include RRV presenting the Grubb Road development project broken into three sections:
      • Northern  (from Bellarine Highway to about the new shopping centre)
      • Central (from about the new shopping centre to Grubb Road/Shell Road/Thacker Street intersection).
      • Southern (from to Grubb Road/Shell Road/Thacker Street intersection to the corner of Tuckfield Street near the existing Council owned open space).
    • While “still under development and not yet signed off by RRV leadership” the draft planning includes a shared path (bikes and pedestrians) separated from the roadway for the length of the Grubb Road development project.
  • We will meet with them again in late June 2021.

Phil Edwards

Southern Bellarine Coastal Forum – 2019

The Southern Bellarine Coastal Forum held at the Shell Road Pavilion in Ocean Grove on Friday 21 June 2019 was a great success with almost 130 people in attendance representing a variety of views on what should and should not be permitted to occur in the rural area to the south of Shell Road between the townships of Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale.

11 excellent speakers helped all the participants to better understand and appreciate the cultural, environmental, recreational and tourism opportunities and risks of the area. Led by Ocean Grove based professional forum facilitators Martin De Los Rios and Sofiah Mackay using sophisticated software allowed participants with smart phones or other mobile devices to ask questions and express opinions live in the forum. All participants then actively engaged in small group discussion sessions after each speaker to identify and document their views on the opportunities and risks. 

In summary, there was generally support for some form of off-road link or links for safe walking and safe cycling but the route it should take must be very strongly influenced by the environment and cultural issues expertly described by the presenters and audience members.

Now the hard work begins as we need to review all the presentations, work through the questions raised, and analyse the inputs and impressions of the participants and draft a report. We think this will us at least three to four weeks, however we will provide regular updates on the Ocean Grove Community Association website and on our facebook page.

Pdf copies of most of the speakers presentations should be on our website in a week or so under the “Documents” tab.

Ocean Grove Community Association would like to thank our speakers, all our forum partners, our facilitators and all the participants who collectively made this great forum possible.

Meeting with Lisa Neville- 1 June 2018

Meeting with Lisa Neville MP 1 June 2018 and Notes from the 23 May 2018 Community Forum with the COGG Mayor and the Bellarine Ward Councillors

1.     Community Forum in Ocean Grove. Heads up on our plan to host/co-host a Community Forum in Ocean Grove on the evening of 14 Nov in the lead up to the State Elections – timing preferred 7 or 7:30 pm

o   OGCA will be seeking a commitment in the upcoming State elections for capital funding to commence the construction of the Grubb Road and Tuckfield Street enhancement from the Bellarine Hwy to The Parade and the Terrace with construction works commencing in 2020/21. The road works will also include maintaining and enhancing the existing native vegetation and installing all overhead wires underground.

o   OGCA will be seeking a commitment from all candidates.

2.     Grubb Road Duplication. Currently funded planning works for the Grubb Road duplication should encompass the link from the roundabout on Shell/Thacker/Grubb/Tuckfield intersection south along Tuckfield to the future connection to The Terrace/Emperor Drive junction through Tuckfield Street COGG Municipal Reserve using the existing VicRoads easement (see picture below).

o   Include this in currently funded planning task scope for the duplication of Grubb Road noting actual construction would likely be a separate phase in the future.

o   Get the planning outcome included in the VicRoads planned community consultation/engagement.

3.     Grubb Road/Adco Grove Intersection. The current problem/safety concern at the Grubb Road/Adco Grove intersection that was raised at the recent Ocean Grove Community Forum.  Traffic heading north on Grubb Road turning right into ADCO Grove to access the industrial area business.  Forces back up of traffic – in peak times back to the Shell/Grubb Road roundabout.  Generally unsafe, no passing available on the left of those turning right to keep traffic flowing.  Will get worse with the planned and funded upgrade in COGG Council Budget FY 18/19 of Kingston Park Recreational Reserve children play ground on Adco Grove.  Deep potholes on western verge of Grubb Road at the intersection combined with and the position of the wooden signage currently prevents safe passing on the left.

4.     President Ave/Orton St intersection. Problem/safety and lack of action on the President Ave/Orton St intersection identified as a problem many years ago but still nothing.  Recent near fatal accident, continuing near misses yet not a priority for VicRoads despite it being identified and agreed in 2014 & 2016 Council planning documents.

5.     Speed Limit. The speed limit during construction on Grubb Road as agreed at VCAT mediation but not yet in place but the heavy earth works and associated construction has started.  Construction (earth works and building) has commenced for the new shopping centre and retirement village in Grubb Road, Ocean Grove. This is fantastic. However, VicRoads have not yet reduced the speed limit from 80kh to 60kh as discussed and agreed at the VCAT Hearing where the reduced removal of trees was agreed by all parties. So we now have double B trucks and large excavators and other machinery entering and exiting the construction sites along Grubb Road in an 80kh zone, which is extremely dangerous.

6.     Future Primary School. What is happening about planning for the purchase of a site in the Oakdene Estate for a future primary school?

23 MAY 2018 COMMUNITY FORUM

The purpose of the Community Forum was to provide community members the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the City of Greater Geelong Mayor and the three Councillors for the Bellarine Ward.

Words in (brackets italic) in the notes are comments by OGCA to provide additional information, context or reference to other documents.

These notes are intended to provide a summary and a method for follow up where appropriate.  The notes are not a verbatim record.


1 Phil Edwards Phil Edwards welcomed the four speakers and the community members.


2 Cr. Bruce Harwood. How do we manage our population growth, and how do we slow it? We can’t, so we have to accept that people living longer, attracted to this area, get out of the city etc. Spread load to west and north of COGG. The Bellarine has already done some of the heavy lifting so we need to take pressure off Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove. (refer to the Draft COGG Settlement Strategy May 2018 page 6 – available on COGG website) We all have to concede there is not an easy answer. We have learned lots from Armstrong Creek. Bruce referred to the COGG Draft Council Plan 2018-2022 which is available on COGG website (see also the draft COGG Settlement Strategy May 2018 page 6) and explains how the Council “will manage growth to make sure our towns maintain their unique character”.


3 Question from Sandy. asked OGCA to continue please. If we need more interest or membership, she suggested we go to schools to meet local mums, get on their mailing list etc. She then talked about the Planning Department, who she feels don’t take much notice of the surveys and forums undertaken. They need to give more thought to some of the impacts of their decisions on coastal towns.


4 Cr. Jim Mason. There is pressure on the limit of anything! Planning is very complex. You can look at a thing like car parking at the moment, then later other factors enter into this e.g. global warming, climate change which then influence the outcome of previous decisions. Expressed thanks to OGCA for arranging this meeting tonight. Councillors have had a hectic first 6 months with many things to attend to – council and planning meetings, decision making to name a few. Sometimes development lags behind the growth. We have assigned to portfolios (see COGGC Website – Minutes of Special Meeting of Council – 13 March 2018 for the full list of portfolios) for 2 years, then those will be changed. Rural and peri-urban committees. Council needs to set up a Masterplan for shared pathways, for the whole of COGG. Regarding the duplication of Grubb Road, it seems hard for VicRoads to make a decision about this. Council has given $250,000 for shared trails, and $300,000 for Kingston Park playground (in the draft Budget 2018-19). Recent Mountain to Mouth was a success. The Potato Shed is a focus of the Bellarine, used for many diverse things.
(Cr Harwood mentioned the shortage of Planners and the difficulty COGGC was experiencing in recruiting qualified planners)


5 Cr. Trent Sullivan. Whirlwind 6 months, Bellarine councillors working together. OGCA provides one good way to provide connectivity. Councillors have lots of learning to do. Structure Plan in 2016 (perhaps referring to the 2016 Urban Design Framework – UDF) preserve the Terrace as a long term arterial road. Networks, share trail network were important issues. Referred to the car parking in Barwon Heads was discussed only yesterday (22 May) with Council staff.


6 Stephanie Asher.  Their first 6 months has been very busy, and as a team they are working together, and they focus on what they can do. This has been difficult, especially without a CEO for COGG, but a new one is starting in a couple of weeks. 27 items concerning the Bellarine, were asked in the Budget. They are looking long term and trying to be cohesive, and connecting Council officers with the community. A Council liaison team is led by Jake Brown (present at the Forum). Councillors don’t get to speak directly with Council officers, and have to submit queries and statements through the council’s e-PORTAL, which makes things a bit slow. Growth is now a dirty word on the Bellarine – districts are more appropriate – and this is reflected in the draft Council documents.


7 Cr. Harwood. Community associations are an important part of communities and he hopes OGCA keeps going. There is a sense of community and liveability in Ocean Grove. Settlement strategy for COGG. 110,000 people predicted to be living in the northern growth areas of COGG by 2040. We want to maintain the rural character of the Bellarine.


8 Cr. Asher. Squaring off the bend at the intersection of The Parade and Hodgson St is continuing with negotiations with landholders. There are design controls for new buildings and an amendment for trees on building blocks.


9 Questions and comments from Prue. Is the work involved in the dangerous intersection at Presidents Avenue and Orton Street going ahead? Prue thought turning The Terrace into a mall would be a good idea combined with making the current Council carpark space a two up two down parking facility. We need to utilise the buses more, and PTV needs to be more aware of the community desiring changes to bus stops, timetables etc. Maybe smaller buses could be used on some routes, as there are often only 5 or 6 passengers in the large buses.


10 Cr. Harwood. He knows this (intersection Presidents Ave and Orton St) is a priority for residents, particularly after the recent major accident there, but VicRoads has a state-wide ranking for their works. Council will continue negotiating with VicRoads about this very important matter. Turning The Terrace into a Mall is a good idea, but this has to be in balance with connectivity.


11 Questions and comments from Alison. She has seen many accidents and near misses at the intersection of Grubb Road and Adco Grove There are also many potholes there on the road verge where cars go left around north facing vehicles turning into Adco Grove. 8.45 am and 4.45 pm are the worst times. What is COGG doing about this? (COGG have since responded that the Grubb Road is a VicRoads road and that VicRoads have no immediate plans for that part of Grubb Road.  OGCA has now raised this with Lisa Neville MP on 1 June)


12 Questions and comments Tizzy. After an incident in this area, or further along Grubb Road, police stop traffic at the roundabout near the Mex, and she wonders why they do this? Tizzy also raised the matter of a manned pedestrian crossing on Thacker Street near the Yellow Gums estate is needed for kids catching the school bus.


13 Cr. Harwood.  Suggested Tizzy write a letter to the Police Officer in charge of traffic in the COGG re accident traffic management on Grubb Road. (Phil Edwards commented that Thacker Street is a Council road and therefore council could act on the issue of a pedestrian crossing on Thacker).


14 Question from? Could we have a disabled parking space on John Dory Drive (closer to Marlin Drive) near Star of the Sea primary school please? Had contacted COGGC staff and felt a lack of responsiveness in responding.


15 Comments from Lloyd. Pleased to hear that Council is forming a Master Plan about cycling in the COGG. I hope cyclists will be consulted. Maintenance of roads, vegetation has grown onto roads. Connector Road and Banks Road to rail trail for cyclists. Over summer there is often broken glass in this area. Barwon Coast, COGG and Vic Roads share the responsibility for these matters. (since the Forum COGG have advised action on vegetation growing onto selected roads)


16 Question from Meredith. I flew to Hobart recently and flew over the Bellarine. I noticed a lack of vegetation and ask what ways can we make the Bellarine more beautiful? For example, tree cover in urban areas.


17 Cr. Mason Re-greening the Bellarine? What trees do you think are needed? Greening the Bellarine is underway now.


18 Question from Pam. Could COGG make a greater effort to have meaningful fines on the developers as a deterrent eg for removing designated trees. Suggested some developers built the cost of the fine into their planning. Can Council get a bit more teeth about Wallington Road entrance to Ocean Grove – creek, and old cars, old buses, potential waterway pollution etc? Also, can there be another access ramp onto the beach please (Dog Beach)?


19 Cr. Asher. We are aware of the need for good access for prams, walking frames and wheel chairs across the COGG. Ramp (Dog Beach) will most likely be a Barwon Coast responsibility.


20 Cr Mason. Take on notice Wallington Road entrance issue.


21 Question from Alison. Footpath network (Ocean Grove Principal Pedestrian Network – Ocean Grove PPN) – when will this begin?


22 Cr. Sullivan. Special rates and charges scheme conducting this. Some people want footpaths and some do not want them. (OGCA advised the Mayor, Councillors and those at the meeting of the recent Council response to a question from OGCA in March 2018 – Council response: “We are currently working on design checks, cost estimates and cost apportionment for the Ocean Grove PPN which will enable the next stage of community consultation to be undertaken. Due to recent staff changes we do not expect to be in a position to undertake the next round of consultation until later in 2018.”)


23 Comment from Margo. I find it very concerning that things stop due to no staff available. This is not how a business should run.


24 Cr. Mason. Residents have not had Councillors for a few years, so there is lots of catching up to do.


25 Margo replied There are still bureaucrats working for Council – business should be able to continue to operate.


26 Question from Alison. Are there new planners being employed and retention of planners?


27 Cr. Harwood. The Planning department is under considerable stress. There are often objectors. Planning is finite – there are winners and losers. (see note 4)


28 Question from Ross. When planning and development is signed off, there are some conditions on the Estate (Yellow Gums), and now I know that some residents are doing things not on the Planning permit, which is causing concern amongst residents, with those conditions being ignored. Tizzy then said there had previously been a residents’ committee set up, and now residents are confused.


29 Cr. Asher. Asked Ross to put his complaint in writing to her to follow it through outside the Forum.


30 Comment from Tom. Planners are looking after planning well, but they need to involve the community more.


31 Phil Edwards. Phil Edwards closed the Forum, thanking all who had attended and thanked the Mayor and Councillors for their time and effort and that the Community is generally keen to work together with the Council and Council staff wherever possible.