Share Our Shores: Campaign Launch

Share Our Shores

Barwon Coast Committee of Management is responsible for managing 13kms of coastal reserve from Collendina at the east of Ocean Grove to the western end of 13th Beach. As part of our management we aim to provide safe and equitable access to the coastal reserves for all users, as well as conserving the natural values of the area.

The ShareOurShores Campaign is a project run by Barwon Coast focussing on all aspects of equitable use by all types of beach users. Current projects running under the ShareOurShores Banner include ‘Responsible Boating Behaviour’, ‘Reducing Human Impact on Sand Dunes’ and ‘Dogs on Beaches’.

Campaign Launch

Barwon Coast held a launch of the Share Our Shores Campaign in November 2017. ShareOurShores promotes the respect, responsibilities and rights that are important in minimising conflict between different beach users. The launch event focused on people with dogs who use the beach.

At the launch a panel of experts discussed the pros and cons associated with dogs on beaches. Presenters were Gary McPike, the General Manager of Barwon Coast; Mark Breguet , Program Manager, Environment Compliance, Dept Environment Land Water Planning (DELWP); Michelle Smith, Cherished Pets; Jeanette Spittle Coordinator Land Management, Environment and Natural Resources,  City of Greater Geelong; Stacey Timms, Lead Officer – Health and Local Laws Animal Management Unit, City of Greater Geelong; Shane Connolly, Sergeant, Bellarine Police Station, Victoria Police and Dr Jack Ayerbe, Australian Veterinary Association 

A short summary video of the event can be viewed here.

Full videos of all presentations can be viewed here.

A survey asking for the views and opinions on dogs on beaches was distributed to those who attended. Over 80 responses were collected and the information will assist Barwon Coast in managing dogs on beaches. The data from these responses are now being analysed by researchers from Federation University and will provide background date for Step 2 of the ShareOurShores: Dogs on Beaches Public Consultation Process.