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Distinctive Areas and Landscapes

The Bellarine Catchment Network has been granted funding through the DELWP Distinctive Areas and Landscapes programme. This investment of $500,000 will be spread across three financial years and will support existing programmes, new initiatives and on ground works across the Bellarine Peninsula.

In total, 30 projects have been identified to be supported through the funding, with further initiatives to be developed over the three years through community workshops, input and priority projects. Across the program areas broad project categories include; Landholder / Landcare projects (5), on ground works (7), community engagement, education (9) and resources and materials (9).

President of the Bellarine Catchment Network, Mr Graeme O’Leary, said this funding will support initiatives including up to 20 school environment days annually, a Coastal Education Trailer, Indigenous Flora Booklet publications and up to a dozen on ground works sites annually. It will allow action planning and community priority setting for projects including biolinks, Gardens for Wildlife, weed control and cultural connections. The Bellarine Catchment Network will work closely with the community and provide annual progress report through the Network. We look forward to this exciting opportunity for environmental protection, enhancement and education activities. 

Below is a list summary of each project. For more information, please get in contact with the officer listed.




  • connecting habitat 
  • reducing habitat fragmentation
  • enhancing movement between critical habitat
  • contact

Bellarine Rail Trail Rabbit Control

  • targets control of invaisve rabbits
  • aims to restore native habitat
  • contact
bush heroes

Bush Heroes

  • flora and fauna species to raise awareness about biodiversity
  • utilise imagery on public bins and facilities
  • raise awareness about impacts of habitat loss
  • contact
  • download a summary document here
coastal ed trailer

Coastal Education Trailer

  • provides coastal education activities in the region including aquascope adventures, foreshore fossicks, beachcombs and birdwatching
  • contact
  • download a summary document here
erosion monitoring

Coastal Erosion Monitoring

gardens for wildlife

Gardens For Wildlife

  • teaches local residents how to encourage wildlife into their garden
  • links into local native community nurseries
  • contact 
  • download a summary document here
on ground works

On Ground Works

  • habitat restoration
  • revegetation and weed removal
  • installation of tree guards and fencing
  • contact or
revegetation signage

Regeneration Awareness Signage

saltmarsh restoration

Saltmarsh Restoration

  • collaborative project in partnership with Bellarine Landcare Group
  • a focus on land holders adjoining critical saltmarsh habitat
  • contact or
student enviro leadership program

Education Program

  • engages primary, secondary and tertiary students students in environmental education
  • tailored enviornment days at a local reserve or beach
  • provides deeper education about local issues
  • contact
train the trainer - weeding

Train the Trainer