Barwon Heads Caravan Park Staged Works Project

We are currently seeking planning approval for a series of construction projects which will occur in and around the Barwon Heads Caravan Park and the Barwon Coast Office which is located on Jetty Rd in Barwon Heads. We are calling this ‘The Barwon Heads Caravan Park Staged Works Program’.

Why are we undertaking these works?

Barwon Coast is appointed by the Victorian State Government to manage 15km of coastal Crown land through the Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads townships. Our vision is that the natural environment of our coastline will flourish whilst meeting the needs of our engaged communities. We derive the majority of our operating revenue from the operation of the Barwon Heads and Riverview Family Caravan Park in Ocean Grove. There are a number of works which need to be undertaken in the caravan park and surrounding reserve to meet our obligations.

What is the Staged Works Program?

The Works Program consists of 16 distinct sub-projects of varying size and complexity. It is proposed that they will be undertaken over the next five years as funds become available. The works will all improve safety, functionality and amenity in various ways. Two of these projects funded by the Victorian State Government are set to directly benefit the Barwon Heads Football and Netball Club and include the installation of new lights for the netball courts, new coaches’ boxes, a scoreboard and behind-goal netting for the football oval. Download the list of sub-projects here. Download a map of the program area here.

Will cultural heritage values be considered in the development plans?

Culture and heritage are at the forefront of our planning within the coastal reserve. We have prepared a detailed Cultural Heritage Management Plan (CHMP) which has now been approved by the legislated body dealing with Aboriginal Cultural Heritage. All capital works within the park will be subject to the management regime in operation within the CHMP.

Will there be impacts on vegetation?

We have planned the works to minimise impacts on vegetation and will provide an appropriate offset for impacted habitat loss. A biodiversity report and assessment has been prepared and all vegetation loss will be offset in accordance with legislation.  A copy of the biodiversity report can be downloaded here.

What about bushfire?

Given part of the caravan park is the subject of a Bushfire Management Overlay under the Victorian Planning Scheme, the CFA have been consulted to ensure our Emergency Management Plan is up to date. In accordance with the Victorian Planning Scheme, a Bushfire Management Assessment report has also been prepared that considers impacts associated with the planned capital works. A copy of the report is available on the City Of Greater Geelong web site.

How will we communicate about the projects?

We will keep the community and interested stakeholders up to date on the projects via our social media, website, newspaper monthly updates and newsletter channels. To subscribe to receive ‘The Barwon Coast Bulletin’ our quarterly community newsletter please click here.

Can you have your say on the projects?

Many of the projects are minor in scale with minimal impacts of public interest (eg. Internal renovations to our education room) or we have consulted with the public on them previously through the process to develop the Howard Harmer Oval Precinct Masterplan 2015. For these projects we will keep you informed of when the projects will be undertaken and any potential safety hazards during construction phases. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact us.

We have also assessed that some of the projects could benefit from the inclusion of stakeholder and community views and information (identified in the following sub-project list). We will ensure we provide the opportunity for public participation in decision making regarding certain negotiable aspects of these projects. If any of the projects that we propose to consult on are of interest to you, please email office@barwoncoast.com.au with 'BHCP Staged Works Program' as the Email Subject Header and list your projects of interest and your contact details. We will ensure you are notified of public participation opportunities for that project.  We will also be publicly advertising these participation opportunities.