JULY 2016 e-News
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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, which includes 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 July edition of our e-News. 

In late June the new Bellarine Bayside website was launched. The new website is constantly in a state of change with updates and improvements added when required. Just a reminder that our blog is now run through our website as the news page. All our news items will be available online.

We hope you are enjoying the new website as much as we are!

Chief Executive Officer

 18 JUL 16  Aspire WellBeing Workshop
 20 JUL 16  Meet the CoGG Administrators
                  @ Parks Hall
 24 JUL 16  Port PS Markets
 24 JUL 16  Midwinter Words
 27 JUL 16  St Leonards Film Society
 31 JUL 16  Indented Head Planting Day
 31 JUL 16  Port PS Markets
  7 AUG 16  Music Workshop 4 Women
10 AUG 16  Our Coast Open House
                  @ Indented Head Hall
28 AUG 16  St Leonards Planting Day
28 AUG 16
 Port PS Markets

Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management meeting summary reports are now available on our website. Click here to read the summaries. 

St Leonards Primary School create an indigenous garden

Bellarine Bayside, together with Bellarine Landcare, supported St Leonards Primary School Grade 4 class in the establishment of a starfish-shaped indigenous garden. The garden has been created around their commemorative 1975 centenary sundial and will provide a diverse habitat to support native bees and butterflies. The plants used, including native wildflowers, grasses, climbers and shrubs, were supplied by both Bellarine Bayside and Bellarine Landcare after a previous discussion to determine the requirements of the garden, design elements and biodiversity values.   

Read more here

Winter Community Planting Days

On Sunday 3 July our staff and many local community members braved the cold weather for a couple of hours to engage in some coastal foreshore planting opposite Calhoun Rd. The planting of this section of coast is the finishing touch of the coastal trail realignment at Portarlington and provides connectivity along the coastal trail with past plantings. We'd like to thank all our volunteers who showed up on the day and appreciate your efforts in planting a few thousand plants on the day.

Our next planting day will be at the Indented Head saltmarsh on Sunday 31 July between 10am and 12 noon with a BBQ provided afterwards. We look forward to seeing many of you there again.

Meet Our Staff - Igor Jabloncik
Coastal Horticulturalist
Igor helping Port PS kids with some beach monitoringIgor is our Coastal Horticulturist caring for approximately 17km of coastal open space and seasonal parks. His role with Bellarine Bayside includes regular turf and garden maintenance, planting, mulching, herbicide application and coastal trail maintenance on a daily basis. He also helps out with other coastal activities including our schools education days, shoreline monitoring and community planting days. Prior to working at Bellarine Bayside Igor was employed as Head Curator for the privately-owned Campbell Point House on the edge of Lake Connewarre in Leopold. The gardens here were designed in a formal French style to replicate European chateaux gardens. Igor thinks the best thing about working at Bellarine Bayside is the location and our beautiful coastal environment. If you're up early enough you might catch him riding his bike along our magnificent coastal trail. 

Stay and Play on the Bay

with Bellarine Bayside, PostScript Cafe and the Portarlington Golf Club. 
Warm up in winter with our fabulous Stay & Play packages available NOW! 
Winter is the perfect time to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and relax by the Bay on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. The crowds have departed and the winter sunsets are breathtaking. Stay with Bellarine Bayside for two nights (mid-week or weekend) in a Deluxe Cabin, indulge in a hearty cooked breakfast at PostScript Cafe before enjoying a round of golf and a delicious evening meal at the Portarlington Golf Club. When you are not hitting the fairways, there are plenty of alternative options to keep you warm and cosy. 
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Green Army Helps Preserve Coastal Habitat

Bellarine Bayside, together with Barwon Coast, Bellarine Landcare, Bellarine Catchment Network, and Parks Victoria, are currently hosting a Green Army team with support from Conservation Volunteers Australia. The Green Army is a federally-funded, hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local environment and heritage conservation projects across Australia. The Bellarine team is working on the project 'Bellarine Peninsula threatened species and ecological community conservation'. A large portion of this work is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of critical coastal habitats such as the Indented Head saltmarsh. Habitats such as this require active management to re-establish them within the coastal ecosystem. 

Read more here

Our Coast Open House
On June 24 Minister for Water and Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville launched the Our Coast program at the Geelong Library. Our Coast uses the latest data on projected sea level rises and storm surges to help coastal communities and government agencies plan and respond to the impact of climate change. 

As part of the community consultation for the Our Coast project a series of open house events will take place during July and August. Community members will have the opportunity to speak to the consultants responsible for mapping the report, ask questions, provide comment and find out more about how the mapping was achieved and the implications of the findings. The Northern Bellarine open house will be held at The Indented Head Community Hall on Wednesday 10 August from 2 to 8pm. For further information please visit the Our Coast website at
Employment Opportunities at Bellarine Bayside

Bellarine Bayside has two positions currently available. 
We are searching for a Holiday Parks Manager and also a part-time Conservation Crew Member. Further information is available in the linked Position Descriptions. To find out more about Bellarine Bayside, please visit our website
A Fisheries Officer checking licences.

Fishing Licence Changes

As of 1 July 2016 changes have been made to recreational fishing licences. The two-day licence has been replaced by a three-day licence for $10 and the 28-day licence will cost $20. A one-year fishing licence is $35 ($33 if purchased online) and the three-year fishing licence will set you back $95 ($90 if purchased online). For further information visit the State Government website here.
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