Reopening before Melbourne Cup
At this stage we are awaiting confirmation regarding the conditions that we must follow to reopen.
Melbourne Cup update
We appreciate that this may be frustrating for our customers to see empty campsites over any given period.
We are taking this unprecedented step at considerable cost to try to keep our customers, our staff and the broader public safe.
Melbourne Cup 2021
- You must live within 25klm of Point Leo. We WILL be checking licences of all campers 18 years and older upon arrival.
- Sites are ONLY available to people from a single household bubble (You must be living together and everyone has the same address on their licence or be an intimate partner of a person from the household)
- We will be running at approximately 50% capacity. We will have closed sites down to enable distancing. You will not be able to camp on empty sites. You may be able to park cars on empty sites AFTER checking with office staff that there is no booking on the site in question. There are no sites available to be booked online that are side by side
- You will not be able to socialise (share meals, kids play together, drinkies, etc ) with friends on sites. Sites are only to be occupied by the people who are booked onto each individual site.
- Kitchens WILL BE CLOSED
- Sites will only be available for arrival AFTER 1pm on Thursday the 28th of October. We will not be reopening earlier than this date.
- Sites booked online for Melbourne Cup 2021 can not be rebooked for Melbourne Cup 2022.
To save time at check in campers can download the Download the Service Victoria app or visit: go.vic.gov.au/check-in
Open the app and enter the Location code RF6 8F9
This will serve a precheck in for COVID record keeping compliance
We also are encouraging visitors to bring their own 60 per cent alcohol-based hand sanitiser. We provide soap at all hand basins, and we have sanitising stations outside all the campers toilets, but also highly recommend everyone also bring some to keep on their campsite.
Additionally, we ask campers to bring their own hand towel for when they wash their hands. We do not have hand dryers or paper towel so your own small personal small hand towel is required.
Please call into the office before setting up. If the office is unattended please call the out of hours contact number on the office window, to receive further instructions.
If you have not already completed your the COVID check in process, we will ask you to do so upon arrival.
Upon arrival we will also provide you with a campers car pass, an access code to the toilets, and a map to your camping site
Check In / Check Out Times
Check in time is strictly after 1 pm. The office does not open for arrivals until 1 pm.
Upon check in we will provide you with a map of the sites, the toilet access code and your campers car pass
Your campers car pass will grant you free entry to the reserve over the weekend when the ticket box is open, it also informs all our staff that you are paid up , (this will stop our team from waking you up really early in the morning with a bunch of silly questions!) please ensure that your car pass is clearly displayed on your dash
Check out time is 11.30 am.
COVID-19 like symptoms at check in: In order to keep all our campers and staff as safe as possible, we reserve the right to deny entry to anyone displaying COVID-19 like symptoms.
Symptoms as listed on health.gov.au: Fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath. Other symptoms can include runny nose, headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.
Campsite spacing: To assist with social distancing there must be a minimum of 1.5 meters between your setup and the next setup.
Face masks. Face masks are required to be carried at all times and used when social distancing is not possible
Safe hygiene practices: please wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth whilst coughing and avoid touching your face. Hand sanitisers are available outside each of the park amenity blocks
COVID-19 like symptoms during stay: If you start displaying COVID-19 like symptoms during your stay [Fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath], please self-isolate in your accommodation and notify the manager on 0408536143 prior to attending the nearest medical facility with COVID-19 testing and then follow their instructions.
Social distancing: Please observe all social distancing requirements issued by authorities, which are displayed in the amenities buildings. These include 1.5m separation from others, limiting 1 person per 4 square metres (excluding your household). Avoid close contact with anyone who is coughing, sneezing and feverish. There will be group size restrictions in place, as advised by the DHHS. It is expected that group numbers and social distancing measures may change between when you make the booking and arrive to camp, therefore we request that all customers keep up to date with the current restrictions as found here on the DHHS website
Shared amenities: Camp Kitchen and Laundries will be reopened after April the 30th. The rangers reserve the right to close any facility where social distancing is not occuring.
Cleaning. We have increased the frequency and rigour of our amenity cleaning schedule.
Camper amenity and public toilets will be cleaned twice daily. We will post the times that we will aim to be there on each amenity block.
Please respect our staff and our efforts by ensuring that you have left the facility before the scheduled cleaning time. We also ask for your understanding should we need to close and clean a block outside of the prescribed times. Sometimes issues arise that require our immediate attention which then pushes the schedule out.
Campfires are prohibited within the reserve at all times. Please report any campfires to 0408536143 immediately.
There is a noise curfew of 9.30 pm, please be considerate of your fellow campers. Drunken, noisy, antisocial behaviour WILL NOT be tolerated. Campers found to be disturbing the peace will be told to leave the park.
The site you have booked will be the site you must camp on, as we book out for most weekends over the Spring, Summer and Autumn periods we will not be able to swap you to a different site.
There will be a night ranger on duty, their phone number will be on the bottom of your campers car pass, please report any issues / antisocial behaviour immediately to this number.
Toilets and showers
The reserve has toilet and shower facilities available for use by campers.
Sites 1 to 56 also have access to a small camp kitchen which contains an electric stove, Fridge, sink and kettle, cooking equipment is required to be supplied by each camping group.
Sites 101 to 246 have access to a larger camp kitchen, again with an electric stove, Fridge, sink and kettle, cooking equipment is required to be supplied by each camping group. This camp kitchen also have several picnic tables inside to enable campers to get in out of the wet when eating if required.
Campers in the 300s are welcome to use the above camp kitchen, however the walk is up to 200 meters to reach this facility.
Washing machines. Over summer, laundries are available to service all areas of the campsites. No laundry facilities are available from the End of January through until the middle of December. The nearest laundromat is in Balnarring.
There are SHARED taps throughout the park. This is town water and is safe to drink. Individual taps for sites are not available
Chosen site and Rebooking.
Please note, whilst we endeavour to keep everyone on the site that they choose when booking, we reserve the right to move bookings to alternate sites if required. Campers that camp with us over any given period have 48 hours from the time of departure to rebook the same site for the same period. If you book a site that has where an existing camper has priority we will call you to discuss which site we will move you to.
As we are not Council this decision does not affect us. Council understand and support our decision to open for camping.
We are currently fully booked for the whole of the Summer school holidays, from December the 19th through to Jan the 30th. Sorry but we are not keeping a waiting list.
Bookings for all other times can be made through the online bookings portal.
We will continue to do our best to offer a safe and available space for people to camp, albeit with restrictions in place to try to protect our staff and visitors.
We appreciate that this may be frustrating for our customers to see empty campsites over the busy periods. We are taking this unprecedented step at considerable cost to try to keep our customers, our staff and the broader public safe.
We appreciate everyone’s interest in our reserve and hope that we can accommodate you at another time.
Members of the public who have the same principal place of residence; OR
Members of the public who are in an intimate personal relationship; OR
Members of the public who have the same principal place of residence and no more than 5 other members of the public who have the same principal place of residence and are part of a nominated ‘household bubble’.
After booking, we will email you a confirmation that will contain a link to a COVID declaration
This form must be completed no more than 24 hours before arrival and before arrive at the off to check in.
In order to protect the health and well-being of our guests and staff, prior to Point Leo Foreshore confirming your booking, we are required to ask you questions related to your principal place of residence, travel and health activities.
We ask that you are honest and take your share of responsibility when responding to the following questions, so that we can all do our best to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the park and our community.
The safety of our staff and customers is our highest priority.
How the Project is implemented will have a significant and possibly negative impact on how the Foreshore Reserve at Pt Leo is managed and financed into the future.
We have been asked by DEWLP to share with you details of the Project, to assist you in understanding its implications and to ask you to provide your own feedback to DWELP on the 3 options it has proposed for the future management of coastal reserves along the Westernport coastline between Hastings and Shoreham and for Pt Leo in particular.
Unfortunately DELWP have only provided a short period for the public to respond with such feedback (until 5 July 2020).
After reading the information below, If you felt strongly enough about this issue, there is a link at the bottom to provide feedback via a DELWP devised survey
In order for you to understand the Project and its proposed Options, DELWP expect you to read a high volume of material, and view lengthy online videos. This is onerous, but to assist you we set our comments below.
To read the full proposal please follow the following links.
The Options Paper.
The Options Paper has been developed by Grosvenor Consulting Group for DELWP. It essentially uses a scale to grade 3 possible options:
Option 1: retain existing Committee of Management (COM) structure over each of the coastal reserves. COMs are drawn from local communities and are usually resident at or near the relevant reserve. Such positions are voluntary.
Option 2: (a)merge the Somers, Balnarring and Merricks reserves under one COM and
(b) merge Pt Leo and Shoreham under one COM
Option 3: merge each of Somers, Balnarring, Merricks , Pt Leo and Shoreham under one COM
The Options Paper applies a series of “desirable outcomes” as detailed in the Outlook Framework (page 7) to each option as a means to assess their respective merit. Objectively each “outcome” is desirable. The question is whether the implementation and funding of the relevant option will in fact deliver the desired outcome. In our view, the assumption that any particular Option will result in the desired Outcome is not supported by any evidence provided by Grosvenor or DELWP in the documentation. Wishful thinking is not a sound basis for change.
In addition, the Options Paper sets out a Change Continuum Graph (page 9). Unfortunately while the concept of plotting management outcomes can be helpful in assessing options, this graph does not set out any measurable scale and risks being misleading.
At the core of Option 2 and 3 is the appointment of “professional” (paid) COMs but does not detail the cost of this overhead. Nor does the paper commit to external funding of those positions or for cost of the centralisation of administration across all Foreshore reserves.
Option 2 is potentially workable as both Shoreham and Pt Leo are co-located, and already undertake co-operative activities across both foreshore areas. It also has the advantage that each have sustainable and adequate self generated funding sources.
Option 3 in particular risks the leakage of Pt Leo sourced revenues (camping and parking fees) to subsidise other Reserves which have no significant revenue generation capacity. In addition, a centralised mega COM risks losing the localised representation and participation that our current system tries to promote at present.
Please follow this link to view DELWPs Comparative analysis of Options and our comments and concerns on both the application of the rating scale and on the Current State Report which purports to support allocation of grading.
The analysis is not, in our view, sufficiently supported by hard evidence. Conclusions merely asserted without evidence, are of no probative or predictive value. And without any budget detail with funding it is difficult to assess whether any option would deliver the proposed outcomes. For this reason the absence of evidence supporting the outcome conclusions, budget and funding details, Pt Leo COM is not able to recommend either Option 2 or 3.
We say this because:
- No costings have been done or presented of any option.
- No cost benefit analysis has been done or presented.
- No additional money is being offered for operating budgets on any option.
- The additional cost of paid directors will be an additional cost paid out of the current revenue and reduce operating budgets.
- No additional revenue streams have been suggested anywhere.
- No assessment of the impact of any option on the environment has been done. Itis not an assessment criterion in the Comparative Analysis.
- No assessment of the loss of volunteerism of any option has been done.
- No management structure of any option has been presented.
- There has been no adequate public consultation by DELWP
- No assessment of how combining Somers, Balnarring and Merrick’s could be financially feasible has been done or presented.
- No assessment of the different sizes, natural environments or needs of the 5 foreshores for example in terms of staff, equipment, botanical knowledge relating to operational needs has been provided.
Please read the material carefully, and if you have any questions please direct them to Tony Walkington our Foreshore Manager by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have done so please go online prior to July 5 and register your feedback in the Survey found here.
Reopening for camping date.
Our campgrounds are currently closed.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
The health and safety of our guests and staff will be our primary focus for the duration of this epidemic. In response to COVID-19, in addition to our usual cleaning and maintenance procedures we have increased the frequency of cleaning and have begun using bleach as the primary cleaning agent throughout the communal areas.
This may mean that some facilities are closed for longer and more often than normal.
We are actively monitoring novel coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government Department of Health and will respond based on the advice provided. For the most up to date Government information, please visit health.gov.au
For the health and safety of all our visitors and staff we are requesting the following
- If you are unwell with symptoms any of the symptoms associated with COVID 19 such as , temperature or difficulty breathing, or if you have been in contact with any known cases of COVID 19 in the past 14 days, or if you have arrived home from overseas within the past 14 days, we request that you refrain from visiting the reserve.
- If you become unwell with any symptoms associated with COVID 19 during your stay, or within one week after your stay, please follow the Australian Government advice and we request you notify staff immediately on 0408536143.
- Where possible, any monies to be paid are made by tap and go using the eftpos machine.
Should you have any questions regarding your stay, please email us at email@example.com and we will contact you when we are next in the office.
Point Leo has over 168 camping sites, of which only 45 are powered. The majority of our campsites are open year round, including sites 1 to 11 on the water’s edge, powered sites 12 to 56 and all the non powered sites 101 to 249 in the eastern section up towards the surfing areas.
Campfires are now prohibited within the reserve at all times. Please report any campfires to 0408536143 immediately.
Winter Camping at Point Leo
Sites 1 to 249 are open all through winter for camping.
This now includes camping in seasonal campsites East
- Check availability of areas and sites
- Select a site and make a booking.
- Book multiple sites under the one booking
- Find a current fee schedule
- Read when you can, and can not have fires, as well as all the other relevant park regulations.
Upon arrival please call into the office before setting up. If the office is unattended please call the out of hours contact number on the office window.
We request that campers make every effort to arrive between 1 PM and before 8 pm From November to March, and before 6.30 pm from April to November. The Foreshore has a strict policy that no one is to be setting up after dark. If you think that you will be later than these times please call us on the day of arrival to discuss a later check in.
Arriving without a booking?
Bookings are required for campsites Friday to Sunday. If you arrive without a booking on a weekend we may not be able to accommodate you.
Bookings are recommended Sunday to Thursday. If you arrive without a booking and the office is closed please call the number on the office window. If you arrive stafter the office is closed at 4 pm you will not be able to choose your own campsite. We have 6 sites put aside for mid week campers that arrive after the office is closed, you will be allocated one of these.
Please… Help us protect our Nesting Shorebirds
It’s Spring! (well at least the calendar and the shorebirds think so) and that means that our red capped plovers are beginning to nest again. For those of you who haven’t heard of these beaut little birds, they are the small little white and grey birds found mostly on the sand between the surf life saving club and Shoreham. Their nests are super hard to see and their eggs are superbly camouflaged to blend in with the sand. Locally they are vulnerable (at risk of becoming endangered). We try to fence off the nests when we find them but there is a couple of simple things that you can do to help us look after these birds.
- Always keep your dogs on a lead
- During the nesting season keep to the hard packed sand when on the beach
More information can be found in this great article on the Shoreham community website, including details of a volunteer training day if you would like to participate in the monitoring and care of these birds on our beaches.
WILD MELBOURNE PARTNERSHIP
Point Leo Foreshore is excited to announce in partnership with Wild Melbourne that plans for our environmental signs and displays are well underway. We are working towards a series of outdoor signs and indoor displays in our new office. Plus we are working on a touch table, a wet touch tank, and a large public mural. The Committee of Management would like to thank Wild Melbourne for all the incredible work they are putting into this project. For more information on Wild Melbourne and to see some of the great work they are doing, please visit their website wildmelbourne.org