NEWSLETTER APRIL/MAY 2024
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NEWSLETTER APRIL/MAY 2024

OUR NEXT GENERAL MEETING

MONDAY 27TH MAY 7:00PM, Barwon Heads Seniors, Clifford Parade Barwon Heads.

The new CEO of Barwon Coast, Gareth Smith, has accepted our invitation to address the next meeting of the Barwon Heads Association in May. A local of Geelong, Gareth will outline the future vision of Barwon Coast, the development of its masterplan for the coastal parks and camping grounds and the part played by Barwon Coast within our area. There will be time for questions.

Please come along and meet Gareth and enjoy the evening which will include a drink, nibbles and fellowship – ALL WELCOME


MEETING THE MINISTER FOR PLANNING

The Barwon Heads Association was represented at a special meeting organized by Alison Marchant MP for Bellarine. Alison arranged for the Minister for Planning, Sonia Kilkenny to attend the meeting which was conducted by the Combined Bellarine Community Associations and chaired by Lawry St Leger from Breamlea.

The BHA asked the Minister if she would commit to protect the City of Greater Geelong Planning Scheme as outlined in the Bellarine Distinctive Area and Landscape and not use the planning provisions in Amendment VC 242 to override the DAL and the Planning Scheme, particularly outside the town boundaries?

Minister Kilkenny: The DAL and the Statutory Planning Policy (SPP) is to be enshrined within the Planning Scheme and will be undertaken. The Minister then said that projects meeting conditions outlined in the Development Facilitation Program (DFP) would be considered.

The Minister was asked would development under the DFP be inside the boundaries?
Minister Kilkenny replied that “the Boundaries are the Boundaries” and will be in the Planning Scheme.

Following the meeting, the BHA sought further clarification from Alison Marchant and received the following reply from her office:
“The DAL which is now in place and the SPP that will soon be enshrined will set out the protected settlement boundary which will guide where investment should take place and protect the other areas.
The Minister has decision making authority where the application satisfies the Development Facilitation Program. The Minister will need to take the DAL into account when reviewing these applications.
The whole purpose of the DAL is to protect what is unique and beautiful about the Bellarine. The Minister made clear the boundaries are the boundaries and that is what will be enshrined.”
There is still confusion around the new Planning Amendment VC 242 and the role of the Development Facilitation Program.

The Government is engaging with the community on its plans for growth.
Please visit www.engagevictoria.vic.gov.au and “FUTURE VICTORIA” and fill out the Survey.

This is an important Survey for Victoria and the Bellarine, as the supply of housing is a major crisis in Victoria and will have consequences for Planning into the future.


LOCAL NEWS

Anzac Day
Philip represented the BHA at the service in Barwon Heads and put a wreath on the memorial from the members. This was a very moving ceremony, with such a big crowd of locals attending. We thank Tom Hudson and Tony Wheal for their untiring commitment and our Barwon Heads Chorale for their amazing singing.

Congratulations Friends of the Bluff – 30 year birthday
We are very lucky to have such a strong community in Barwon Heads. 30 years after it was first established, original members are still leading the activities of the Friends of the Bluff.
Congratulations Jon Duthie and Andrea Dennett. Hopefully we can invite Jon to one of our meetings during the year to help us celebrate with them. We encourage our members who are interested in our beautiful place to make contact with the “Friends” and volunteer.

The Barwon Water Sewer Upgrade Project is Underway.
There is an update by Barwon Water on their website. For more information check this website: 👉https://brnw.ch/21wGx1B

40kph speed zone on edge of town
Members of the BHA met with representatives of Barwon Water to discuss the changed speed limits on Geelong Road at the entry to town. We raised the use of 24/7 speed restrictions particularly in relation to the 40KPH area at the Pumping Station and vehicle park entrance which we understand will be in place until the new sewer is installed. On enquiring why the signs are displayed 24/7 and not just when works were being carried out, Barwon Water indicated that there was a Traffic Management Plan in place, approved by Regional Roads and could not be altered. A camera car has been spotted in the area, so beware!! As this project is expected to continue for many months, we are seeking further discussions.

Wakeboard Cable Park
The BHA has been informed that the Wakeboard Cable Park recently received an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage clearance for this project. We understand that it has been called in by Council.

Great Barwon River Duck Race 2024
Held under perfect weather conditions on Easter Saturday, some 2000 ducks took the plunge from the Pedestrian Bridge at Barwon Heads and swam their way to the Ozone Jetty where they were rapidly rounded up with the help of local paddlers and the Surf Life Savers.

Many thanks to Heather Willson and the team from Barwon Heads/Ocean Grove Rotary for their organisation of this very successful event and the Barwon Heads Scouts who washed and packed the Ducks away ready for next Easter.

Thanks also to our many local businesses who donated wonderful prizes for this event. Barwon Heads sponsors include: Barwon Coast, 13th Beach Golf Club, Barwon Heads Golf Club, IGA, Barwon Heads Pharmacy, Starfish Bakery, Sunbaker, APCO Service Station, Tonik Surf Shop, Rasta Surf Shop,13th Beach Health Services, Loco Wine bar, Ebb and Flow, Alfred’s on Hitchcock, Kiitos,Rigby’s homewares, Coffetti, Heads and Tales Bookshop, Barwon Heads Sweet Shop, For Johnny, Ten Thousand Things and the Barwon Heads Hotel.

Traffic and Parking plan
The BHA Traffic and Parking met recently with CoGG traffic engineers. We are pleased to report that CoGG has received approval from TAC and Dept of Transport for funding of the following works under the Safe Local Streets and Roads Programme (being works identified in the recent council Barwon Heads Transport plan):
Raised intersections in Ozone Rd
Safety improvements in Clifford Pde.
Mini roundabout at Geelong Rd / Hitchcock Ave intersection
40kph signs on selected local roads

The construction of further chicanes in Seaview Ave was not supported by CoGG but speed humps would be investigated. Modifications to improve the safety of the school bicycle route along Von Nida Ave have been investigated by Council and communicated to the school. If accepted by the school, local residents support will be sought by council.

The following works in the BH Transport Implementation Plan were not supported under this funding program: shared footpaths in Carr St and Von Nida Ave.

Proposed 2024-25 to 2027-28 CoGG Budget, and Revenue and Rating Plan
The BHA Committee is looking at the latest CoGG budget. We suggest you also have a look. They are seeking feedback from the community on the Proposed 2024-25 to 2027-28 Budget and Revenue and Rating Plan.
Learn more about the project yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au/proposed-2024-25-2027-28-budget-and-revenue-and-rating-plan


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