Support for the Bellarine DAL on 14 August 2022

HI aAll, 8 August 2022 -Most will be aware of the Bellarine DAL and its intent to keep development within the existing the Bellarine town boundaries.

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

The decision is now in the hands of the Minister for Planning and waiting for her (or her nominated alternative Minister) decision and announcement.

We are approaching what we hope is the final hurdle…

Community Associations across the Bellarine are holding a 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 will be on Sunday 14 August at 10:30am at Edwards Point at St Leonards (see the attached map). Parking available on the eastern end of Beach Road.

Map of DAL support Rally in St Loenards


More numbers = More/Wider media coverage.

If you want to bring a sign you might consider words such as:

“Save the Bellarine”

“Keep Your Promise to the Bellarine”

“Save the Bellarine for our Kids”

“Protect the Bellarine”

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.

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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.