Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management (Bellarine Bayside) is the appointed land manager for 17km of coastal Crown land reserves on the northern Bellarine Peninsula from Point Richards in Portarlington to Beach Road in St Leonards.

Bellarine Bayside's mission is to, in partnership with local community groups and residents, sustainably protect, restore and enhance the northern Bellarine natural and built coastal environment for the benefit and enjoyment of local communities and holidaymakers.

Bellarine Bayside is in the process of reviewing its current Foreshore Plan (this includes The Northern Bellarine Foreshore Plan 2012 and Master Plan 2013) to create a new Coastal and Marine Management Plan (CMMP) in accordance with the Marine and Coastal Act 2018. The CMMP will provide a guiding framework to direct management of coastal reserves on the northern Bellarine over the next five years. The CMMP will describe strategic priorities, outcomes, initiatives and programs, as well as inform secondary precinct and master plans to be developed or reviewed over the life of the CMMP.

The renewal of Bellarine Bayside’s CMMP will include a significant community and stakeholder consultation process. Community and stakeholder consultation is an important aspect of the process to allow Bellarine Bayside to understand what the community value along the coast, challenges the community think the coastline faces, as well as proposed solutions to these challenges and the direction the community believes Bellarine Bayside should take in the management of the foreshore.

Have your say

Bellarine Bayside held six Community Listening Posts throughout April 2019 in St Leonards, Indented Head and Portarlington. In conjunction with the listening posts, a discussion paper was released alongside a community survey from 8 April to 12 May 2019.

Thank you to all who participated in listening posts and completing the community survey. The current round of consultation has now closed.

Future community consultation opportunities will be listed here, as well as advertised via our social media pages and local community networks.


Project timeline (indicative):


  • Independent review of Foreshore Plan 2012 
  • Preparation and release of Discussion Paper: March-April 2019
  • Community and stakeholder consultation on Discussion Paper: 8 April - 12 May 2019
  • Evaluation of Discussion Paper and survey responses to identify key topics and issues: May - June 2019


  • Analysing key topics and issues in partnership with key stakeholders and agency partners: July - September 2019


  • Preparation and release of draft CMMP: Late 2019
  • Final community and stakeholder consultation on draft CMMP: Late 2019


Project Documentation