Protecting the Surf Coast & Bellarine

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Planning and Services Pillar

Community engagement is being undertaken to deliver permanent protections to Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula communities to safeguard coastlines from overdevelopment and urban sprawl.

The feedback will underpin planning policy, giving the community a say over development controls and settlement boundaries.

The move follows a commitment prior to the last State election.

Community feedback is being sought on ways to better protect these areas in the face of increasing urban development and the impacts of climate change.

The Government has started initial assessments of these coastal study areas and is working with local councils and the Wadawurrung people as it moves towards declaring the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast under new legislation.

The sessions will be run in conjunction with the work being undertaken as part of implementing the Great Ocean Road Action Plan.

Engagement is now open with open house sessions to be held in coming weeks to better understand what is most important to the local community.

Engagement surveys will close on 10 June for the Surf Coast and late June for the Bellarine, with ongoing engagement to continue through the life of the project.