Developing a master plan for St Leonards coastal reserve

Bellarine Bayside, in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong, is developing a Master Plan for approximately 2.9 hectares of the St Leonards foreshore to address safety concerns and opportunities for use of the area.


This project is an action identified in the Northern Bellarine Coastal and Marine Management Plan 2020-25 (the CMMP), the overarching strategic document to guide works by Bellarine Bayside.

The identified area adjoins the main township of St Leonards and is popular for providing access to the beach, pier, main street, water activities, and open recreational space.

By undertaking a master planning process, Bellarine Bayside, in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong, can explore opportunities to enhance the area by addressing management issues and understanding user aspirations, while ensuring sufficient area is set aside for conservation and rehabilitation of the natural coastal and marine environment.

The St Leonards master plan precinct area

What Have We Identified As Important Requirements For The Master Plan?

Through the CMMP consultation, we already know that separating the Bellarine Coastal Trail from the foreshore car park is a top priority as part of this project.

We will seek further feedback on the current use of the area and what people love in the area, as well as future aspirations and what would encourage and improve use.

The following considerations will be at the forefront when designing the Master Plan:

  • Cultural and environmental values.
  • Accessibility to all ages and abilities.
  • Safety and connectivity or areas.
  • Facilities that are creative, robust, environmentally sustainable, blend with the surrounding environment and meet current design standards.
  • Consideration of harsh marine environment in design and future maintenance.
Indicative Timeline
  • Untitled design (2)
    21 January – 11 February 2023
    Phase 1 public consultation inviting community and key stakeholders to provide feedback on current use of the area.
  • Untitled design (3)
    March – September 2023
    Review feedback received during Phase 1 public consultation.
  • September 2023
    Release a ‘What We Heard’ summary of Phase 1 public consultation
  • September – December 2023
    Develop a draft master plan concept with landscape architect.
  • January – February 2024
    Phase 2 public consultation to release the Draft St Leonards Master Plan and invite final comments.
  • March – April 2024
    Review information gathered during Phase 2 public consultation and finalise a design.
  • May – June 2024
    Seek approval for the final master plan prior to public release.
Get Involved

Consultation is currently closed.

Please refer to the timeline for future consultation opportunities.

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