MAY 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, 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 May edition of our e-News. 

After a very successful summer holiday season, Bellarine Bayside is now moving ahead with our improvement works program along the foreshore and within our holiday parks. Information regarding on-going works are available in this monthly e-News, with regular updates also posted to our social media channels.

We hope you are enjoying our e-News!

JOHN NANKERVIS | Chief Executive Officer

     21 MAY 16  Music Cafe @ St Johns
     25 MAY 16  St Leonards Film Society
                       Biggest Afternoon Tea 
     28 MAY 16  Ukulele Concert, St Andrews
     29 MAY 16  Port PS Markets
 10-13 JUN 16  National Celtic Festival
     18 JUN 16  Port Safe Harbour Open Day
                      St Leonards Pier Clean Up
     26 JUN 16  Port PS Markets
     29 JUN 16  St Leonards Film Society
     24 JUL 16  Port PS Markets
     27 JUL 16  St Leonards Film Society

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

Indented Head Community Hall Upgrade

The Indented Head Community Hall is currently undergoing a series of upgrade works that are funded by the City of Greater Geelong in partnership with Bellarine Bayside. Works already completed include the installation of air-conditioning, acoustic panels, blinds and an audio-visual system. Current works include a substantial upgrade to the existing car park, landscape works, an all-access internal bathroom and updating the building's entrance facade. Bellarine Bayside has worked together with a local community reference group to determine specific design details and we would like to thank this group for their role in this process. Works to the car park, facade and internal all-access bathroom have commenced and will be completed by the end of July 2016.   
Hall hire information can be found on our website. The Indented Head Community Hall has a small kitchen. Parks Hall in Portarlington consists of the main hall, the Bayview Room that has a small kitchen, a Commercial Kitchen and the Parkview Room. Prices vary depending on the function, length of hire and whether hire is for private or community use. Bellarine Bayside can provide public indemnity insurance for your function/event at a cost of $25 per event. For enquiries please email or phone 03 5254 4007.

Holiday Park News

Reception office hours are 9am to 5.30pm throughout the winter off-peak season. 

Star Ratings Australia recently visited Bellarine Bayside to assess our foreshore holiday parks. Portarlington Holiday Park received a 4-star rating maintaining its high standard of services and cleanliness. This is positive recognition of all the hard work by our dedicated staff to present a holiday park with such a great reputation. 
Are you looking for a Winter Getaway?
Winter is a wonderful time to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and relax by our beautiful Bay. The crowds are gone and the winter sunsets are breathtaking. Stay tuned for our Winter Stay & Play accommodation and golf packages that will see you enjoy a round of golf and a delicious meal at the Portarlington Golf Club, while staying in a deluxe cabin with Bellarine Bayside for two nights. When you are not hitting the fairways, there are plenty of alternative options to keep you warm and cosy. Have you tried the award-winning wineries in the region? Visit them all in a fabulous 1966 Mustang from Mustang & Co or enjoy a sunset walk along the Northern Bellarine Coastal Trail. 

Join The Green Army

Green Army flyerAre you aged between 17 and 24, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and would like to be a part of a team that will make a real difference to the environment in your local community?

Would you like to be paid an allowance while gaining skills, training and experience that can help you enter the workforce, improve your career opportunities or further your education and training?

The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative open to young people including Indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates and job seekers who are looking for employment to develop skills, undertake training and gain experience in the delivery of conservation.

The Green Army provides all the tools, PPE and training required for each Project. Local transport to the project site is also provided to Green Army participants.

Geelong- Bellarine Peninsula Threatened Species and Ecological Community Conservation


Timber Groyne Installed at Taylor Reserve
Construction of timber groyneThe timber groyne works at Taylor Reserve in Indented Head are finished and the coastal trail will be accessible by the end of this week. The groyne represents a long-term management strategy to address coastal erosion in this area. The groyne will complement previous beach renourishment works, and aim to protect coastal assets, reduce public access risk whilst improving beach amenity. During winter erosion is typically observed along the coastline, but the new groyne at Taylor Rserve is already starting to capture a small amount of sand. 

What is a timber groyne?
Groynes are structures that interrupt water flow and limit the movement of beach material. They ensure beaches are kept in good condition and protect adjoining roads and buildings. Without coastal protection, like groynes, the force of the waves would have a detrimental effect usually by causing erosion. Therefore, timber groynes are constructed perpendicular to the shoreline in low-wave energy environments to trap sediment moving along the shoreline. This aims to create a wider beach, which provides a buffer during storm activity.  
groyne during construction
groyne after completion
Pt Richards Car Park Precinct Masterplan
Bellarine Bayside has commenced the master planning for improvement works to the Pt Richards foreshore precinct including the boat ramp car park. The Masterplan for this precinct will consider pedestrian and traffic movement, car parking, recreational and open space opportunities, erosion management, landscaping and improvement to the natural amenity. Plans are also under way to connect the Portarlington Holiday Park with the Pt Richards precinct through an extension of the Northern Bellarine Coastal Trail. An artist's impression of the car park precinct is provided below. Watch this space for project updates!
Coastal erosion beach profiling at Portarlington

Call for Volunteers

Bellarine Bayside relies on community volunteers to enable many of our projects and conservation efforts to be conducted in a timely and efficient manner. Volunteers can participate in a wide range of activities including beach profile monitoring for erosion, conservation planting, and weed eradication. If you would like to become involved and play an important part in conservation efforts  and environmental monitoring on the Northern Bellarine please email us your contact details to
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