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UPDATED 15 July 2021

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11/July 2021

OGCA response to Draft Bellarine SPP Draft

 “Association applauds boundary strengthening”.

The Association has welcomed the recent and much awaited release by the Government of the Bellarine Distinctive Areas and Landscapes (DAL) draft Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) for community consultation. The draft SPP is proposing that permanent long term protected settlement boundaries be applied around Ocean Grove and all Bellarine Peninsula towns.

Our Chairperson, Mr Phil Edwards has praised the Government and our local Member Lisa Neville saying “it is very pleasing to see that the Government is now delivering on its election promises to protect the Bellarine Peninsula’s highly significant rural landscape and environmental qualities and it has clearly listened to the local community and responded to their wishes.”

“The draft SPP is exactly what the Association’s “Enough is Enough” campaign, which has gathered over 4,800 signatures, was hoping to achieve…that is, to restrict Ocean Grove boundaries to their current location and prevent further urban sprawl into the surrounding rural countryside. The proposed protected settlement boundary for Ocean Grove is shown in the map from the DELWP draft SPP. The Association is aware that developers and landowners to the north and west of the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve, east of Banks Rd and north up to the Bellarine Highway have put forward proposals for further development despite the Geelong Council’s Settlement Strategy putting these areas clearly outside our town’s settlement boundary. The Association continues to strongly oppose the developers’ positions.”

The Association acknowledges and supports the proposals that the bulk of the town’s future population growth will be accommodated in the Kingston Estate area that is already zoned residential and where there is more than 10 years of housing green field development land still available for people who want to move to Ocean Grove. Other growth capacity is also available in the designated Increased Housing Diversity Areas, particularly around the Ocean Grove town centre. The Increased Housing Diversity Areas, subject to strict height, site coverage & design provisions applied to respect the town’s coastal character and significant environment and landscape qualities, are not new and already form part of Geelong Council’s existing planning policies which have been in place for some time.

We are encouraging all interested members of the public to review the draft SPP and make an on-line submission because it is important for the Government to continue to hear directly from as many community members as possible. Bellarine Peninsula | Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Program | Engage Victoria

The Association intends to strongly press the widespread community views expressed in its “Enough is Enough” campaign and will be making its own detailed submission to Government. 

If you are pressed for time to read the full draft SPP we suggest you read the “Bellarine Peninsula Frequently Asked Questions” on the engage.vic.gov.au website which provides a really good summary of the background and key points of the draft SPP.

We are encouraging individual community members can make their own submission online through engage.vic.gov.au website until 5pm 20 August 2021

Ocean Grove Proposed town Boundary from Daft Bellarine DAL

Draft Bellarine DAL SPP Map

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. 

12 June 2021

Enough is Enough campaign to protect the Ocean Grove Settlement Boundary is still running – please sign our on line petition via the link below.

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

We anticipate the release by DELWP, sometime in June 2021, of the DEWLP draft Statement of Planning Policy (SPP) for comment. See our posts from the latest situation.

2 June 2021

4 August 2021 – 2021 AGM and 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.  We will soon release booking details through Eventbrite to help us manage a Covid safe forum.  In mid-June we will reach out via email and our facebook page for community members to put forward questions and issues which we can provide to the Mayor and the CEO a week before the forum to help them be better prepared to respond on the night. We will include an opportunity for questions from the forum attendees on the night through the forum moderator.

1 June 2021

Did you miss out on the Community Solar & Battery Forum? There is another, much bigger opportunity running right now through the Geelong Sustainability bulk buy – here is the link if you are interested.

https://www.geelongsustainability.org.au/product/geelong-community-solar-program-info-sessions/

31 May 2021

Entrances to Ocean Grove.  Ocean Grove Rotary has taken the lead in working towards getting new and more attractive signs as the various entrances to our town, Ocean Grove. They have undertaken and open community competition to seek ideas on signage and are working closely with Council and Roads Victoria. See the Ocean Grove Rotary Club website for more information.

https://www.rotaryoceangrove.org.au/og-town-sign

31 May 2021

Southern Bellarine Coastal Forum – Update. Following the successful 2019 Forum and a subsequent business case put to Council by the OGCA the Council have agreed to fund a project manager. This is great news and a step forward. The role of the project manager is “to establish a multi-disciplinary panel of experts and stakeholders to examine options, and report on the benefits of amalgamating the Buckley Park Coastal Reserve and the Lake Victoria wetlands into a better-protected, single iconic wildlife and cultural heritage park”. This will progress the objectives of the vision statement produced in July 2019 by the OGCA’s Southern Bellarine Coastal Forum: “The Southern Bellarine Coastal Project will deliver a sustainable conservation and heritage driven protected environmental area that provides community education and is supported by sensitively placed and well managed walking paths and bike trails that connect Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale.”

See our documents tab for more information including our Report from the 2019 Forum.

22 May 2021

Renewable Energy – Community Solar & Battery Forum. In the 2019-2020 OGCA year we partnered with Mondo (the commercial arm of AusNet) and local solar installer City to Surf Solar to promote opportunities to the community. This was a great success and more than 60 installs of solar panels and/or batteries have now been completed. The additional community benefit is that we now have a little over $18k to provide two community renewable energy projects.  One project is to install solar on the Ocean Grove Senior Citizens building (who pay for their own electricity not the Council) and the Senior Citizens have agreed to share the energy benefit with the adjoining Ocean Grove Community Garden.   The second project will be to install solar on the Ocean Grove Park Pavilion.  Covid slowed us all down but we hope to have these two projects up and ready for the summer 2021.

See our home page for the details on our:

Enough is Enough campaign to protect the Ocean Grove Settlement Boundary

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