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FEBRUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER
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Bellarine Bayside is the foreshore manager of 17km of Crown land from Pt Richards to the southern edge of the St Leonards township, including natural and built assets, holiday parks, playgrounds, boat ramps and boat sheds. Income received from the holiday parks fund the majority of maintenance, cleaning and improvement works.

Bellarine Bayside e-News

Welcome to the second edition of our e-News.

Here you will find information on project works, events and other Bellarine Bayside-related activities. Please forward and share the e-News to any interested persons.

We hope you enjoy our updates!

UPCOMING EVENTS
13 FEB 16 Bellarine Sunset Run
14 FEB 16 Miniature Railway OPEN
21 FEB 16 Miniature Railway OPEN
28 FEB 16 Port PS Markets
                    Worship in the Park

               Miniature Railway OPEN
  6 MAR 16 Navy Brass Band @ Parks Hall
12 MAR 16 Wreck2Reef Open Water Swim,
                     Indented Head

13 MAR 16 Gatorade Triathlon
                Bellarine Agricultural Show
27 MAR 16 Port PS Markets
                     Worship in the Park

  3 APR 16 Ride the Bellarine
24 APR 16 Port PS Markets
10-13 June 16 National Celtic Festival

Bellarine Sunset Run

 



The inaugural Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run takes place this Saturday evening, 13 February 2016, on the Northern Bellarine Coastal Trail between Portarlington and St Leonards. The trail showcases our very own Northern Bellarine foreshore with spectacular views of Melbourne's skyline and the You Yangs in the distance. The Sunset Run is SOLD OUT but will be tackled as a 21 km half-marathon or a 10 km run by 700 participants. Spectators are welcome so be sure to pack the picnic blanket as there are plenty of chances to high-5 the runners along the course. BBQ facilities and playgrounds are also located along the length of the Coastal Trail and within a stone's throw of the finish line.

Beach monitoring at St Leonards

The Northern Bellarine coastline is a highly dynamic environment susceptible to coastal processes that drive erosion. In an effort to mitigate the consequences of erosion, Bellarine Bayside implements  best management practices across the coastline. 

A 2014 beach renourishment site adjacent to Bengalat Reserve (formerly Area 3) provided the setting for this state-of-the-art monitoring program by two independent consultants. Using an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone), photos were taken of the coastline to build a current beach profile for comparison with the 2014 dataset. This assessment will enable Bellarine Bayside and the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP) to better understand the processes that shape our coastline.
 
If you would like to learn more about the monitoring process, please feel free to contact our Coastal Projects Officer Leia Howes on 5254 4010 or 
leia.howes@bellarinebayside.com.au for further information.

Monitoring equipment



Unmanned aerial vehicle (drone)
 

Holiday Park News
Summer Season Wrap-Up

Australia Day signals the end to our busy summer period when many of our foreshore campers return home and kids go back to school. We've had a great season and have received positive feedback from both campers and the local community regarding foreshore and holiday park improvements. We look forward to seeing all our campers again next Summer, in the meantime we welcome our mini-season campers from 1 February through to ANZAC Day.

Over the summer we had some great activities and events for campers of all ages. Camper Connections evening feedback sessions were held over three nights at St Leonards, Portarlington and Indented Head. Coastal Connections activities were held throughout summer in conjunction with Summer by the Sea, Kelly Sports Geelong entertained the kids in Portarlington Holiday Park, summer food vendors provided some tasty treats, a sandcastle competition was held Australia Day weekend and more than 60 people attended our film night at Indented Head Community Hall! Feedback received from our Camper Connections sessions overall were very positive and, coinciding with our biennial camper survey, we now have plenty of suggestions to make your holiday experience on the Northern Bellarine even better! 
 
Photos of some of our summer activities are shown below.

Safe Harbour Update

 
As reported in The Bellarine Times last week the second stage of the Safe Harbour project is about to commence with two experienced marine contractors recently appointed, PW Johnson Marine Contractors and Australia Project Solutions Pty Ltd. They will commence work to build new breakwaters and an improved commercial berthing infrastructure that will create the backbone of the $15 million Portarlington Safe Harbour project. Works on the breakwater will begin in February with construction on the berthing infrastructure to commence in April 2016. Further information can be found here.
 

A construction site will be established on the foreshore cliff at the end of Fisher St but this will not block access to the Coastal Trail. Trucks delivering the rocks for the breakwater construction will travel via Andersons Rd, the Portarlington-Queenscliff Rd and Fisher St. Signage will be installed soon by Parks Victoria. If you would like to keep informed on the Portarlington Safe Harbour project please email portarlington@parks.vic.gov.au.

Green Army Funding

Bellarine Bayside is excited to announce that as part of a multi-stakeholder partnership we have successfully obtained funding from the Federal Government in round four of the Green Army programme. The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia.

Bellarine Bayside entered into a collaboration with Parks Victoria, Barwon Coast, Bellarine Catchment Network and Bellarine Landcare Group. With these five groups working together to manage the Green Army team, benefits to the region increase while Bellarine Bayside continues its strong relationship with these organisations.
 
Read more about the project here.

35 Years for Portarlington Park Manager "PUD"

 
In July 2015 our Portarlington Holiday Park Manager, Wayne Trewin (affectionately known as Pud) clocked up 35 years service working for Bellarine Bayside and it's predecessors. Wayne started with the organisation as a fresh-faced 17-year-old (unfortunately we couldn't find a photo, but we're pretty sure he had the same mullet!). He has grown up in the park alongside many of our long-term campers, watched staff come and go and has seen the Portarlington Holiday Park survive many changes. Over summer we had a #selfiewithpud campaign on Instagram and Facebook. Some of the photos we received are shown here. If you want to thank Pud for all his hard work over the years we encourage you to continue the #selfiewithpud campaign!




Have your say on our Bay!

The Victorian Government’s new Environmental Management Plan for Port Phillip Bay is part of the Government’s commitment to enhance and protect Victoria’s marine and coastal environment. The new Plan will be developed throughout 2016.


Further information is available here.
How can you get involved? 
To inform the preparation of the Environmental Management Plan, community and stakeholder input is sought in the following ways:
 
* A public information session (near Queenscliff Pier on Sunday 14 February from 12 noon to 3PM)
* Written submissions to bay.plan@delwp.vic.gov.au
 
You can find out more about the Plan by visiting 
portphillip.delwp.vic.gov.au/healthofthebay.

Community and stakeholder comment will be received until 29 February 2016.

Wetlands in Focus Photography Competition

Do you rate yourself as a photographer? Then this prize might be just the thing for you!
 

Wetlands in Focus Photography Prize - #wetlandsinfocus
Photographers of all ages are invited to share their photos of Australia’s breathtaking wetland environments through the annual Wetlands in Focus Photography Prize. Wetlands in Focus is dedicated to spreading the word about Australia’s amazing wetlands and the fantastic people who care about them.There are prizes for the best shots of wetland plants, animals, landscapes and even for photos of wetland volunteers! There’s $1,500 of cash prizes on offer sponsored by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority as well as other great prizes.

Submissions to Wetlands in Focus are now open online until the end of February at: 
www.wetlandcare.com.au

Many local residents turned out for the Planting Day at Lower Bluff on Sunday 26 July 2015.
Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management meeting summary reports are now available on our website. Click here to read the summaries. 

2016 Community Planting Days

During the winter months, Bellarine Bayside hosts several Community Planting Days where volunteers can come along and help Bellarine Bayside staff plant native species in select areas. This year we will be planting on the following days:
  • Portarlington - Sunday 3 July on the foreshore at the Corner of The Esplanade and Calhoun Rd.
  • Indented Head - Sunday 31 July at the Indented Head saltmarsh.
  • St Leonards - Sunday 28 August at The Bluff.
Further details and location maps will be emailed closer to each planting day.
 
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