The $1.5m initiative will undertake on ground works that will ensure the prevention of dune erosion, restoration of dune blowouts, protection, and the restoration of high ecological value dune woodlands.

Protecting &  Investing  In Our  Dunes

The Bellarine and Great Ocean Road Dunecare Project comprises two programs:

  • A Dunecare on-ground works program is guided by a strategic plan that prioritises coastal dune protection sites. It will protect and remediate fragile coastal dune systems that support native flora and fauna habitat working in partnership with coastal public land managers between St. Leonards and Marengo (near Apollo Bay).
  • Dunecare Stewardship program will target Year 9 and 10 students in Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast and build student and local community stewardship for local dune conservation and protection.

The Australian Government’s Bellarine and Great Ocean Road Dunecare Project is a $1.5M commitment to conserving coastal sand dune native flora and fauna habitat at risk of erosion or further erosion on coastal Crown Land between St Leonards and Marengo, Victoria.

This will include areas managed by organisations including Borough of Queenscliffe Council, Barwon Coast Committee of Management, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Parks Victoria, Barwon Water and Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority.

The project will invest in on-ground management of coastal dune flora and fauna habitat at risk of erosion to ensure that identified high priority sites are improved, protected, and conserved on the Bellarine and Great Ocean Road. It will also seek to safeguard significant Aboriginal middens and other cultural values identified by Traditional Owners.

The project will also work with secondary school students on the Bellarine and Surf Coast through a Dunecare Stewardship program to develop student and local community stewardship for local dune conservation and protection.

Educational Resources developed for the Dunecare Secondary Schools Program

The Dunecare Secondary Schools Program is organised and coordinated by a range of organisations and is supported by the Australian Government’s Bellarine and Great Ocean Road Dunecare Project.

The below educational resources was produced by Bellarine Catchment Network, the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, Ecologic and the Victorian Fisheries Authority for the 2021 Dunecare program.

Coastal Management Grants Program

We are excited to announce $842,000 to support 11 on ground works projects on coastal public land. View the list of approved projects below.

Coastal Land ManagerProject TitleGrant amount
Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks AuthorityPainkalac Dune Habitat Restoration Project$104,000
Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks AuthorityBarham River Dune Protection Project$105,500
City of Greater GeelongBuckley Park Foreshore Restoration Program$217,000
Parks Victoria – Surf CoastThe Gap dune rehabilitation and habitat protection$37,580
Parks Victoria – Surf CoastGuvvos to Hutt Gully dune rehabilitation and habitat protection$31,330
Parks VictoriaUrquhart Bluff dune rehabilitation and habitat protection$55,300
Surf Coast ShirePainkalac Estuary habitat enhancement$17,100
Surf Coast ShireBells Beach Midden and vegetation restoration$12,800
Surf Coast ShirePoint Impossible – Access control and conservation works$30,100
Bellarine Coastal Committee of Management and Barwon WaterSouthern Bellarine Linear Coastal Habitat Enhancement for all local native flora and fauna to flourish (Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads (Thirteenth Beach), Black Rock and Breamlea Foreshore reserves)$156,800
Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks AuthorityEastern View Dune Protection Project$75,000

Engaging With & Empowering The Community

Collaboration with Coastal Crown Land Managers and the community is critical to ensuring the environmental outcomes of the Initiative are achieved. Part of the project is using cutting-edge social research partnered with smart modern communications to build community awareness on the need to protect our coastal sand dune environments. This will ensure the project is self-sustaining for many years to come past the initial investment.

The type of on-ground works to be funded through the Initiative may include:

  • Prevention of dune erosion or further dune erosion facilitated by human access, through walking track improvement/rehabilitation, access management, improved protective fencing, and associated signage
  • Restoration of dune ‘blowouts’ in primary and secondary dune systems through methods including brush matting and revegetation;
  • Protection and restoration of high ecological value dune woodlands; and
  • Protection of significant Aboriginal middens within prioritised project areas through actions including protective fencing, and associated signage.
  • The Initiative will aim to provide partnerships for the involvement, engagement, training and employment of Wadawurrung Traditional Owners.

Key contacts for more information:

This project is support by the Corangamite CMA, through funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund. This project will run until 2023.