The Bellarine Peninsula DAL coastal region extends from the sensitive migratory bird habitat at Point Henry to the important breeding estuaries of Swan Bay and Barwon Heads, through to Port Phillip Bay and the ‘rip’. It includes Ramsar listed wetlands, coastal Moonah woodlands, basalt plains and patches of remnant native bush. The Bellarine makes up a small part of the traditional lands of the Wadawurung Traditional Owners. The Bellarine Yellow Gum is a unique feature of the local flora, whilst small populations of Orange-bellied Parrots and Hooded Plovers continue to draw avid bird watchers and conservationists to the area. Some of the key environmental focuses for a sustainable future in the Bellarine region include:

• Effects of dredging, sea walls and harbours on marine habitats

• Impacts of storm water run-off on estuaries

• Ocean acidification

• Introduced marine pest