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02 November 2022

The Andrew's Labor government has delivered stronger protections for the Surf Coast, ensuring future growth is well managed, reflects community expectations and enhances the local environment.

Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman, today announced gazettal of the final Surf Coast Distinctive Area Landscape Statement of Planning Policy (SPP).

Gazettal is the formal implementation of the SPP into local planning schemes and means new planning controls and settlement boundaries are now in place across the Surf Coast.

The SPP is based on expert advice and was developed in collaboration with the Traditional Owners the Wadawurrung, the local community, the Surf Coast Shire, the City of Greater Geelong, responsible public entities and government agencies.

The changes ensure iconic landscapes and environmental features are protected from inappropriate development and that there are clear protected settlement boundaries for Torquay-Jan Juc, Bellbrae and Breamlea.

This directs most new development to activity centres, tourism precincts and designated settlement areas where growth and more housing is appropriate.

Growth in greenfield areas is now also restricted, protecting areas of high biodiversity value, Aboriginal cultural heritage, state-significant landscapes and township character.

These changes provide greater certainty for the local community and the development sector, delivering clarity around future opportunities for housing, tourism and infrastructure investment – helping create jobs and a strong local and regional economy.

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

“We’ve delivered the permanent protections the Surf Coast needs, ensuring this beautiful part of Victoria continues to be a great place to live, work and visit.”

Quotes attributable to Member for South Barwon, Darren Cheeseman

“I’m so proud to help deliver these reforms for the Surf Coast community. We’ve listened to locals to protect what makes the area so special.”

“We can now be confident that what we love about our Surf Coast is protected now and for future generations.”