Water-based Activities Licences EOI
The EOI process for licences for water-based human-powered activities is now open. On this page you will find:
- Key information for applicants
- Context for the EOI
- Consultation outcomes
Key information for EOI Applicants
The EOI process is now open and BCCM invites all interested parties to apply for a licence to conduct water-based human-powered activities at designated sites at Ocean Grove, the Barwon River and 13th Beach.
These activities include instruction and organised groups for surfing, sea-kayaking, kayaking, canoeing, standup paddling and similar activities, and the non-exclusive hiring of craft and equipment for such activities.
It is expected that, once granted, licences will commence on Saturday 15th December 2018.
EOI documentation is now available to download from our portal at www.tenderlink.com/barwoncoast. Please ensure you read these documents thoroughly, as the licences being offered have changed from the current licences.
Applications will close at 2pm on Thursday 27th September 2018. The Tenderlink system is unable to accept late applications.
We have provided two additional documents as downloadable PDFs on this webpage to assist people understand the EOI process and the licences.
- 'Summary Advice on the EOI Process' provides a broad overview.
- Our 'EOI FAQs' provides answers to a range of Frequently Asked Questions.
Please note the Summary Advice provides a broad summary of the EOI documentation and cannot be considered a substitute for that documentation which MUST be read in depth as it provides details critical to making and evaluating applications.
High resolution maps
EOI documents contain low-resolution maps. We have provided high-resolution maps as downloadable PDFs on this webpage.
- Map 1: Water-based Activities – Zones 1, 2 and 3
- Map 2: Zone 1 – 15W (Ramp) and 15W (West)
- Map 3: Zone 1 – 19W (RAAF’s Beach) and 20W (Bridge Beach)
- Map 4: Zone 2 - Barwon River
- Map 5: Zone 3 – Thirteenth Beach
Context for the EOI
A changing coast
Barwon Coast Committee of Management has sought to develop a comprehensive process that recognises the local context and responds to new and existing State Government requirements. Competition for access and space on the coast continues to increase, driven by well-known factors such as the growth of local towns and regional cities such as Geelong, changes in user behaviour and expectations and the increasing popularity of the region’s beaches for recreation and events. This results in pressure on natural assets and built infrastructure, and reinforces the need to properly manage activities and provide fair and equitable access to our beaches and coastal areas, particularly in peak season.
The granting of Tour Operator licences is guided by Government policy. In May 2018, Government released two important documents which add to the guidance land managers for issuing licences, and which Barwon Coast is adhering to:
- Policy Update - Licensing System for Tour Operators and Activity Providers on Public Land in Victoria
- Guidelines: Competitive Allocation of Tour Operator Licences
Further information is available through the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning website.
Consultation on water-based activities
Barwon Coast values the opinions of all coastal users, residents and visitors. As part of this EOI process we have sought feedback in two main ways:
Key stakeholders workshop
We hosted a workshop for current licence holders and other key stakeholders on 23rd July at Barwon Heads. A Summary Report from that workshop is provided on this webpage as a PDF document for download.
From mid-July until early August, we sought community feedback through an on-line survey. A total of 26 people responded, and a summary of that feedback will be made available here shortly.