In January 2018, Parks Victoria released the draft coastal management plan for the Belfast Coastal Reserve, which stretches for 18-20 km between Warrnambool and Port Fairy in south-west Victoria.

The release of the plan came as community concerns continued to mount about the impacts of commercial racehorse training on the reserve’s natural, cultural and recreational values, the protection of which was the reason for the reserve being created in the first place during the 1980s.

Submission guide and template

We have prepared a submission guide to help with your submission.

The draft plan is divided into 8 chapters and its online submission template asks you to give feedback on Chapters 2 and 4–8 by giving an overall tick of approval or disapproval and making specific comments. We have provided a submission guide with a template and suggested dot points (in blue text) for each of the chapters that you can edit and add to. As for the ticks, we’ll leave that to you should you wish to use them.

Your submission can be as short or long as you wish, and you can write your submission in a format that best suits you.

Download our submission guide/template

The closing date for submissions is 16 March 2018.

Make your submission

To download a copy of the draft plan online visit: engage.vic.gov.au/belfast

Upload your submission document to engage.vic.gov.au/belfast

  • Email it to: [email protected]
  • Send it to the Manager, Park Planning, Parks Victoria, Level 10, 535 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC 3000, emailed to
  • Or alternatively fill in the online survey here engage.vic.gov.au/belfast. All these options are the same.

While you are at it, take a moment to also vote in the Quick Poll on the right of the page here. It only takes one second!

Keen to do more?

We are also ramping up our community campaign to save our hoodies. Can you spare a few hours to letterbox or take part in a stall to get as many signatures as we can on Save our Hoodies postcards?

More information

> Background information on Belfast Coastal Reserve