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Energy And Environment

Revitalisation Begins at Ocean Grove Nature Reserve

Plans for the future of Ocean Grove Nature Reserve have been finalised with work on upgrades to access, parking and visitor information starting this month.

The State Government has invested $245,000 to deliver these upgrades, which will protect the unique environment and scenic landscapes of this much-loved reserve as pressures from increased visitation and neighbours to the park.

The upgrade works include:

  • A new all-abilities drop off, parking and picnic area at the entrance of the reserve
  • A link from the new picnic area to the existing track network
  • Designated bus drop off areas for public, school and Bush Kinder use
  • New information and welcome signage

The designs were shaped by extensive consultation with the local community, Wadawurrung Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation and Friends of the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve. The layout has been chosen to minimise impact on the environment and its cultural values.

Parks Victoria will work closely with the Friends of the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve and Bellarine Landcare Nursery to relocate a range of plants and trees at the entrance of the reserve, to further reduce the impact on Wadawurrung Country.

The Bellarine Peninsula is a declared Distinctive Area and Landscape, which ensures the areas environmentally and culturally significant characteristics, like the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve are protected for future generations to enjoy. 

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Quote attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“The Ocean Grove Nature Reserve is a much-loved area for the Bellarine community and it’s wonderful to deliver this project with help of the local community and stakeholder groups.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“These works will uplift the reserve and provide more opportunities for children and families of all ages and abilities to get active in nature.”

Quote attributable to President of the Friends of the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve Peter Sullivan

“We have been working with Parks Victoria to revise the plans for facilities at the entrance to the reserve following community consultation. The new plans complement the existing facilities across the reserve and will assist people from the Bellarine and beyond to enjoy the reserve and connect with nature.”