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Belfast Coastal Reserve Management Plan

Belfast Coastal Reserve

The 20km coastline between Warrnambool and Port Fairy in south west Victoria is known for its wild and unspoilt nature, with sandy beaches, grassy dunes and basaltic outcrops and reefs. The powerful waves and cool onshore winds from the Southern Ocean create a majestic character.

The area is home to many native coastal and wetland birds including Hooded Plover, Lathams Snipe and Orange-bellied Parrot. There are also many sites of important Aboriginal heritage, both physical and spiritual, along the coast. Popular recreation activities here include walking, dog walking, swimming, surfing, kite boarding, fishing, snorkelling, horse riding and bird watching.

Belfast Coastal Reserve, managed by Parks Victoria, represents a large part of the area with over 16km of shoreline. The reserve is public land set aside for protection of the coastline, to be managed for conservation, education and compatible recreation. Some smaller sections of coastline are managed by Moyne Shire and Warrnambool City Council.

In July 2018, a management plan for the reserve was finalised.

Belfast Coastal Reserve Management Plan

The Belfast Coastal Reserve Management Plan has been developed to strike a balance between protecting the environmental values of the reserve, while maintaining opportunities for recreation.

The plan includes the establishment of two zones within the reserve to balance protection of the reserve's environmental and cultural assets, with recreational opportunities.

The plan was developed following extensive community engagement between March 2017 and March 2018, and a draft plan was open for public comment from January to March 2018. More than 800 people participated in the consultation process, including local residents, visitors to the region, key stakeholders and members affiliated with stakeholder organisations.

There were more than 400 written submissions, 400 online surveys and 250 quick poll surveys completed during this process, with all feedback carefully considered in preparing the final management plan. An independently prepared engagement summary report is available from the links below.

Parks Victoria wishes to thank all individuals and organisations who provided submissions, completed surveys, attended meetings and commented on the draft plan.

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To view the Community Engagement Report visit: