Naming Bukareeyoo

To celebrate officially returning Wadawurrung language to Country, Barwon Coast and Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation are inviting the community to a sunrise ceremony on Saturday 26 August, at the tip of Bukareeyoo. Car park available on the Surfside or Riverside of Bukareeyoo turn in just before the Bridges and walk along the beach to the tip of Bukareeyoo. [ 6:51 am, Sunrise in Melbourne, Saturday, 26 August 2023 (AEST)]

Views and ideas of our Youth

Alison Marchant writing competition

Alison is asking our youth to write to her presenting the opportunity to have Alison present your thoughts in State Parliament

If you had an opportunity to speak in Parliament, what would you say?

  • What are your big ideas?
  • What do you value?
  • Or what do you see for your future?

It’s really important to Alison, to hear from our younger generations, in order to understand and focus on the issues important to them.

You can write a 90 second speech or a letter to forward to Alison. And I’ll select winners to read out in Parliament.

So get writing, submission due 25th August!

Send your Email to – Alison.Marchant@parliament.vic.gov.au

Great opportunity for Ocean Grove youth, our youth are a priority for the OGCA

Greater Geelong City Council – Local Council Electoral Structure Review

Important – This may affect how Council functions into the future.

Local Council Electoral Structure Review – Preliminary Report – Greater Geelong City Council

Executive summary – from the VEC (Victorian Electoral Commission) website

An independent electoral structure review panel appointed by the Minister for Local Government is reviewing the electoral structure of Greater Geelong City Council. The purpose of the review is to advise the Minister on the appropriate number of councillors and electoral structure, including ward names, for the Council.

Under Victoria’s Local Government Act 2020 (the Act), Greater Geelong City Council must now have a single-councillor ward electoral structure. The panel is looking at:

• the appropriate number of councillors and wards for the council

• the location of ward boundaries

• appropriate ward names.

All submissions should address all 3 points.

This report outlines the preliminary models the panel is presenting for public consultation, for the proposed new electoral structure of Greater Geelong City Council to meet the requirements of the Act.

Electoral structure models

After considering research and the requirements of the Act, the panel is presenting the following electoral structure models for public consultation:

Model 1: a subdivided electoral structure with a total of 11 councillors – 11 wards with one councillor per ward.

Model 2: a subdivided electoral structure with a total of 11 councillors – 11 wards with one councillor per ward, with different boundaries to Model 1.

Model 3: a subdivided electoral structure with a total of 12 councillors – 12 wards with one councillor per ward.

12 Wards means each Councillor reducing voters per Ward from 19000-21,000 voters reducing to 17,600 – 19000 voters.

Next steps: The panel is now seeking feedback on the preliminary electoral structure models. You can make a response submission to the preliminary models until 5 pm Wednesday 26 July 2023.

This is the link to the VEC preamble for Geelong:

https://vec.vic.gov.au/…/electoral-structure…/geelong

This is the link to download the pdf from the VEC website:

https://vec.vic.gov.au/…/9dc8a757d79f4092b786a5b984d969…

The document goes through the whole process including descriptions of each of the 3 options. The Appendix at the end of the document has the map for each option, so don’t worry about downloading individual maps.

Individuals and organisations can submit comments and preferences for and against the 3 options.

Submissions must be lodged by 5pm Wednesday 26 July.

This process fundamentally changes the current Council structure of 4 wards – 3 wards with 3 elected Councillors and one ward with 2 Councillors – to a new structure with one Councillor per ward.

Note that Option 3 splits Ocean Grove into 2 separate wards.

If you are interested in participation in the OGCA formal response, please email:

Ocean Grove Community Assn <ogcommunityassn@gmail.com>

VEC have informed me that the Minister and VEC will implement the new structure before the 2024 elections.

Geelong Councils Library Funding cuts – Council backs down

Summarizing from Matt Hewsons excellent article from The Independent – 30 June 2023

The 2023 -24 CoGG budget has been passed, fully restoring funding for lifesavers, while leaving libraries with a $406,000 shortfall.

The library funding issues have rallied more ratepayers to voice there concerns than any other issue last year.

I am amazed that CoGG is happy to spend lots of money to build new libraries and forgets to fund running costs.

Geelong Council Reject 57-59 The Parade Ocean Grove – 30 March 2023

Geelong Council Reject 57 to 59 The Parade Ocean Grove

57-59 The Parade – 12.4 metres high, Across 2 blocks

Visit the ‘Say no to high rise development in OG‘ facebook page for more info and to support the local resident GoFundMe page.

Geelong Council Reject 57 to 59 The Parade Ocean Grove

All 6 Councillors at tonights Planning Committee Meeting Voted to Reject this Development Application.

18 Objectors were present which helped with this excellent result.

In a few weeks the development goes to VCAT for a 3 day hearing in Melbourne.

Councils Rejection – and support for the strong planning report will help VCAT make the correct desicion to Rect this monstrous overdevelopment.

from UXD development application

A community led group has commenced a GFM page to raise funds to fight a proposed 3 story 17 apartment 12.4 metre high development at 57-59 The Parade in VCAT.

Funds raised will cover the costs of professional defence at the VCAT Hearing on April 26th.

Because the developer has lodge this in VCAT – VCAT will decide if this project is approved or rejected.

The Developer will be using big, expensive legal guns to support this 12.4 metre high monolith.

To help the local objectors stop this project they need funds to defent the NO case in VCAT.

Winning this defence will set a strong precedent for the next development to be rejected.

If this fails then the whole high density zone around the Ocean Grove Shopping precinct will end up as 3 storey appatments, completely changing the character if Ocean Grove.

Any amountof money is welcomed. All money raised will help us all keep Ocean Grove as Ocean Grove as we know it.

Thank you from the group of local residents fighting this development.

Go Fund Me link https://gofund.me/43b6ae81

OGCA Objection to 57-59 The Parade development

57-59 The Parade Ocean Grove

From UXD development application

Ocean Grove Community Association lodged objections to Geelong Council and VCAT.

The developer lodged this with VCAT because Council didnt approve this project in the minimum time allowed.

Now the project will be decided by VCAT.

Here is the Objection we lodged with VCAT:

City of Greater Geelong- Modified for VCAT Statement of Grounds

OBJECTION – PLANNING APPLICATION 57-59 THE PARADE OCEAN GROVE

The Ocean Grove Community Association’s objection to the revised planning application is based on:

Character and Fit

The proposed development simply does not reflect the policies contained in the Ocean Grove section of Clause 11.03-6L-01 with respect to reasonable sharing of views & the requirement for the proposed building to reflect & respect existing scale, setbacks, spacing & building form of the surrounding residential area.

The building is completely at odds with the surrounding neighbourhood character, it will adversely impact the amenity of nearby neighbours and there appears to be serious overlook and shadowing impacts.

Further the development will exacerbate the already problematic on street parking issues along this street despite the development providing car parking spaces in accordance with the standard.

Overshadowing

The major impact of sunlight blocking overall on properties to the east and west and also those properties directly opposite the proposed development on the south side of the Parade.

The application states “The impact of overshadowing has been considered and mitigated as best possible…” This statement does not consider if the overshadowing impact to residents of the surrounding properties is acceptable nor does it quantify in any way the result of “mitigated as best possible”.

The developer’s revised application states: “Building shadow casts will be limited to between 9am to 11am. The property of 121 (should be 55B) The Parade will have clear access to daylight from 11am onwards.” The developer’s reference to 121 The Parade has been copied from the application to develop 123 The Parade.

Ocean Grove is not an inner-city location. It is unacceptable to remove daylight from an adjoining property before 11am. Note that daylight is also lost from dawn to 9am. This is the equinox shadow time. Access to daylight will be significantly reduced in winter.

Overlooking

There are major direct overlook impacts for the properties to the east, north, west and south of the proposed development from the developments upstairs balconies.

The proposed level 2 and 3 units have no private space as all surrounding properties can see into the balcony areas.

The unit balconies overlook all the surrounding properties removing any existing entitlement to their existing private space. Provision of private open space is a requirement in the planning scheme for this zone.

View Sharing

This site is subject to Design & Development Overlay 14 which is aimed at ensuring a reasonable sharing of views from neighbouring properties. Properties to the north, east and west of the proposed development will suffer significant impact on view. For the properties north of the proposed development there will be very limited reasonably equitable sharing.

Relative to the general topology of Ocean Grove, the size of the building at 12m above ground will interfere with the existing views of numerous properties North, North East and North West for several kilometres from the subject site.

This is a direct contravention of DDO14.

Building Height

The maximum building height allowed is 10.5m. The application states the height is 10.5m. However, the diagrams on page 3 (View Impact – West Elevation) of the application’s View Impact Assessment shows the building to exceed 10.5m.

Elevation plans in the revised plans show that the building height excluding the large building plant structure is 10.6m and 12m above ground level including the large plant structure. Dimensioning in the Elevation drawings seems designed to hide the actual height.

The planning scheme states that only aerials and chimneys can exceed 10.5m. The large plant structure 12m above ground and 2 to 2.2m above the roof will interfere with views for many surrounding properties on higher ground, with existing views.

Street Congestion

Visitors to the site would be unlikely to use the basement car parking (lack of means to open garage door) and so exacerbate the already problematic on street parking issues along this street. The current situation often requires vehicles to stop to allow vehicles traveling in the opposite direction to pass due to on street parking.

Larger parked cars on both sides of The Parade could easily block access to buses, delivery vans and garbage trucks.

Increasing the number of vehicles that will be parked in the street as a consequence of this development at 57-59 The Parade will increase the risk and danger of accidents and near misses.

Precedent

To our knowledge, this is the first planning application for a very large multistorey building in Ocean Grove across two separate lots. Reading the planning schemes for RGZ3, there is no discussion of this number of units across multiple lots.

The aim of RGZ3 is to increase density in the proximity of the shopping precinct. We assert that 17 units in one building over 2 lots irreversibly negatively impacts the urban amenity of Ocean Grove.

Approval of this application sets a bad precedent that will permanently degrade the character of Ocean Grove.

Andy McKoy

Chairperson – Ocean Grove Community Association

DAL signoff by Geelong Council Tonight

Part of tonights Geelong Council meeting is a report recommending Council signs off on the final draft SPP under the DAL process. Councils meeting agenda provides an update on future implementation actions (the details of which are yet to be finalised by DELWP).

Here is a link to to the Council meeting PDF.

The DAL part of the Agenda is from page 215 to 227.

https://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/common/Public/Documents/8d5a50ab0f129c9-councilmeetingagenda-22november2022.pdf

Lets hope they approve the DAL draft SPP.

State Election Candidates Community Forum – Update

The CBCA Candidates Forum was a great night.

Combined Bellarine Community Associations Candidates Forum
Apologies for the photo

The Forum was attended by 60 residents from Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale and Leopold.

The forum was coordinated by Phip Bade from the Barwon Heads Association. Philip opened and closed the event.

Damien O’Malley did a wonderful job as the Mediator of the Forum.

We thank the Candidates who provided their time to present themselves to our State of Victoria Electorate of Bellarine votors.

The Candidates present, In order of presentations were:

  • Sarah Fenton (Independant)
  • Rachel Semmens (Victorian Greens)
  • Guy Manuell (Family First)
  • Alison Marchant (Labour)
  • Adam Cardilini (Animal Justice Party)

A cordial Question and Answer session followed which was very informative.

A great night, thanks to the Candidates and Damien the Moderator.

Combined Bellarine Community Associaons

Meet your Candidates

Ask Questions and Listen to their Answers

Candidates for the Legislative Assembly for the Electorate of the Bellarine will be present on the night.

When and Where: 7pm Thursday 10th November 2022

At the Barwon Heads Hall – 77 to 79 Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads.

Presented by the Combined Bellarine Community Association

UPGRADE AT THE INTERSECTION OF GRUBB ROAD AND SMITHTON GROVE

Reginal Roads Victoria

The Australian Government has invested $5 million to deliver safety improvements at the intersection of Grubb Road and Smithton Grove, Ocean Grove.

Regional Roads Victoria is working to reduce congestion and improve safety for all road users accessing the industrial estate along Grubb Road, Ocean Grove.

This improvement involves the installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Grubb Road and Smithton Grove. Traffic lights will provide a safer and more predictable interaction of vehicles, controlling the movement of traffic into and out of the busy industrial estate. The upgrade will also provide a safer, more predictable environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

Service relocations are due to begin in late 2022 with construction on the intersection of Grubb Road and Smithton Grove estimated to start in 2023.

UPGRADE AT THE INTERSECTION OF GRUBB ROAD AND SMITHTON GROVE

What we’re doing

To make this intersection safer and more efficient, we will:

  • install new traffic lights, to better control the movement of vehicles
  • install new dedicated turning lanes to create separation between traffic movements and improve traffic flow on Grubb Road
  • install pedestrian operated crossings on Grubb Road and Smithton Grove
  • install a new traffic island and line markings at the entry/exit of the service lane between Smithton Grove and Adco Grove, to make it easier to navigate
  • upgrade street lighting to improve visibility for all road users at the intersection
  • install new bus bays on both sides of Grubb Road
  • install a new footpath for pedestrians to easily access the new bus bays.

The improvements have also been designed to complement future growth and development along Grubb Road, including increased traffic volumes and allowing for future pedestrian and cyclist connections. 

What this means for you

Crews will be on-site Monday to Friday during daylight hours. Some weekend work may occur if necessary. During works, drivers will experience the following disruptions:

  • a reduced speed of 40km/h through the worksite to protect workers and all road users
  • lane closures with traffic management in place to guide you through the worksite
  • in some locations, the road may be reduced to one lane. Please take care when travelling through these work zones
  • signed detours may be required from time to time
  • please allow up to five minutes extra travel time when travelling through the area
  • crews will aim to minimise delays and impact to access as much as possible. 

Why we’re improving safety at this location

Community feedback and detailed traffic modelling has identified a need to improve access to the industrial estate.

The intersection of Grubb Road and Smithton Grove was identified because:

  • Smithton Grove is centrally located within the industrial estate, offering improved traffic distribution
  • Sinclair Street already has turning provisions and operates efficiently compared to Smithton Grove
  • there are physical (available space) and environmental (vegetation) constraints at Adco Grove
  • the intersection at Smithton Grove has recorded two crashes over a five-year period (to December 2020) compared to Adco Grove (one crash) and Sinclair Street (no crashes)
  • predicted traffic volume growth in this area would likely lead to more crashes without an upgrade. 

Find out more Visit this link

https://regionalroads.vic.gov.au and search for ‘Grubb Road & Smithton Grove intersection upgrade, Ocean Grove’

South Barwon Projects and ‘Meet the new Regional Director of Regional Roads Victoria is available here:

https://regionalroads.vic.gov.au/about-us/barwon-south-west                     

The ‘Support for the Bellarine DAL’ on 14 August 2022 was a real success

Media release – Rally to Protect the Bellarine Sunday August 14

More than 150 people gathered at Edwards Point Nature Reserve last Sunday to deliver a very clear
message to the State Government – please follow through on your 2018 promise to protect the
Bellarine from uncontrolled and inappropriate development.
Combined Bellarine Community Associations Chair Dr Lawrence St Leger, and Protect the Bellarine
spokesperson Jenny Knox addressed the crowd, urging the Government to move quickly to complete
the Bellarine Distinctive Areas and Landscapes process.
Both emphasised the importance of protecting township boundaries in preserving the Bellarine’s
many special and unique places.
Those at the rally were in strong support of the view that urban development into pristine
environments and rural landscapes is a challenge to the whole peninsula, threatening the loss of
green spaces between Bellarine towns and villages.
Also in the crowd were several Bellarine State election candidates, and Legislative Council MP Andy
Meddick – a strong supporter of the DAL – a sure sign that this is an important election issue.
Decision-making power now rests with Minister Lily D’Ambrosio.

Protecting the Bellarine was one of the State Government’s key regional election promises at the last election.

Community Associations across the Bellarine held the combined rally to ensure the Government is again clearly and loudly reminded of the strong views of the community on protecting the Bellarine through the media coverage a rally could generate.

The rally was held on Sunday 14 August at 10:30am at Edwards Point at St Leonards

This map shows land that may have been purchased by Developers out side town boundaries. It is based on a map produced by the final Bellarine Vic Gov hearings showing locations of presentors. The map has been edited to remove presenters supporting the Bellarine DAL process.


Bellarine DAL map of developer purchased property outside town boundary

5 August 2022. An enthusiastic group of people gathered at the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve on Friday 5th August to show support for the Bellarine DAL , a state government initiative to identify and protect Distinctive Areas and Landscapes across the Bellarine.

Friday’s group photo is advertising a rally being organised by the CBCA (Combined Bellarine Community Association) to show support for the Bellarine DAL Program. It will be held on 14 August at St Leonards.

For this event we need as many bodies as possible, including Committee members, family and friends and interested residents and groups.

This affects all residents of Bellarine towns including Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Queenscliff and Pt Lonsdale, Indented Head, Curlewis, Barwon Heads, Clifton Springs, Drysdale, Leopold and Portarlington.

We need a good number of people for a Press photograph to show Dan Andrews and the new Planning Minister, Lizzie Blandthorn that we care about protecting our town boundaries.

A Reporter from Times syndicate is lined up to cover the .14 August at St Leonards.

The Protect The Bellarine website is great – Check it out.

Did you know that the DAL Advisory Committee hearing the time allocated to developers and their associates was approximately 80% . Many were represented by QC’s costing $1000’s per day. 20% of the hearing time was allocated towards to non commercial interests like concerned environment groups and Bellarine Community Associations.

https://www.protectthebellarine.com/about-2

We loose this farmland if Dan breaks his promise

This map illustrates the land on the Bellarine that may be subject to future development if the State Government doesn’t honour its election promise to protect the Bellarine.

It is based on a map from the Bellarine DAL process.

The illustrative map depicts land owned by owners or developers who oppose the proposed settlement boundaries is shown.

You can gauge for yourself the potential future look and feel of our towns if the Andrew’s State Government breaks its promise to protect The Bellarine.

Party Plates without the Waste

Local community group Repair Cafe Bellarine has set up a new initiative called ‘Reuse me in OG’ where event organisers can borrow reusable tableware kits for free! This initiative will help local events, from kids’ parties to festivals, markets, school fetes and weddings reduce their waste. Event organisers can borrow between 20 and 250 sets of reusable plates, festival plates, bowls, cups and cutlery.

This community service was created after Repair Cafe Bellarine creator, Courtney, noticed that some of the local markets and festivals were still using single-use plastics, despite the community-wide focus on reducing waste.

‘We found that if markets and schools wanted to stop using single-use plastics and swap to reusable tableware, they didn’t have many options available to them, especially for small events with limited budgets. We wanted to create a service that reduced this barrier by making it easily accessible, affordable and easy to use.’

To find out more about this free community service, visit Repair Cafe website and download the free User Guide or contact the group at repaircafebellarine@gmail.com

Repair Cafe, Recycle, Reuse me in Ocean Grove,

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.