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.

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.