Bellarine Bayside is a not-for-profit, Category 1 coastal Committee of Management established under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 by the Victorian Government in 1994 to manage a 17-kilometre stretch of coastline through the towns of Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards on the northern Bellarine Peninsula.
The coastal reserve managed by Bellarine Bayside comprises approximately 200 hectares of coastal land of significant cultural, environmental and social importance, and includes natural and built assets, holiday parks, the Bellarine Coastal Trail, playgrounds, a community hall, boat ramps and boat sheds.
Bellarine Bayside’s vision for the coastal reserve is a protected and enhanced northern Bellarine foreshore which has highly valued cultural heritage, distinctive coastal character and environmental assets for the enjoyment of the community.
Bellarine Bayside has a range of volunteer opportunities for those who want to assist with protecting and restoring the coastal and foreshore environments, including casual community planting days, as well as more regular volunteer activities to help care for the coast.
Bellarine Bayside auspice the Friends of Pt Richards Flora & Fauna Reserve which has been helping to protect and restore the biodiversity of this 62 ha reserve in Portarlington for more than 20 years. Find out more about the Friends of Pt Richards.
BeachWatch is Bellarine Bayside’s citizen science program, launched in 2017, to monitor changes along the coast and support community stewardship. Using survey equipment, volunteers measure sand losses and gains at marker posts scattered along the northern Bellarine coast. All collected data is fed into a coastal monitoring program and it is anticipated this information will enable Bellarine Bayside to improve its capacity to make informed, adaptive and effective management decisions through a better understanding of if, when and how the coastal environment changes as a result of coastal processes.