Bellarine Bayside Coastal Management is the appointed Committee of Management formed by the Victorian Government in 1994 to manage 17km of foreshore Crown land reserves on the northern Bellarine Peninsula, stretching along the south-western rim of Port Phillip Bay from Point Richards in Portarlington to the southern edge of St Leonards township.
Bellarine Bayside is a public entity and committee members (selected through a public, skills-based ‘expression of interest’ process) are appointed for a term of three years by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978. Bellarine Bayside is also subject to parts of the Public Administration Act 2004.
Bellarine Bayside has the equivalent of 26 full-time staff comprised of coastal planners, conservation officers, holiday park caretakers, grounds and administration staff and is responsible for the planning, management, care and protection of the assets and Crown land on the northern Bellarine.
Bellarine Bayside, in partnership with local community groups and residents, sustainably protects, restores and enhances the northern Bellarine natural and built coastal environment for the benefit and enjoyment of local communities, holidaymakers and visitors.
The northern Bellarine foreshore will be:
Bellarine Bayside currently generates around $6 million in direct revenue annually, with the majority (approximately 92%) coming from our six coastal holiday parks. No recurrent funding is received from state or local government.
Other income is derived from a range of sources including lease, licence and permit fees. Revenue is often supplemented by grants for specific projects.
All funds are used to preserve and protect the natural coastal environment while ensuring the local community and visitors have access to quality parks, reserves and facilities.