Colac Otway Welcomes Easing of COVID19 Restrictions

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Colac Otway Shire Council will reopen the Great Ocean Road and Colac Visitor Information Centres to regional Victorians and interstate travellers tomorrow, in accordance with the easing of State Government COVID restrictions.

Council’s Colac Customer Service Centre will reopen its doors on Monday, with customers encouraged to continue using phone and online services as the most convenient ways to access information, make payments and report an issue.

Bluewater facilities including pools and gymnasium will remain closed, as required under the new State Government directions.

Colac Cinemas and Colac Makers’ Space will reopen from tomorrow, with social distancing and mask rules reinstated and capacity reduced.

COPACC shows scheduled for next week including Pete the Sheep, and the Australian Ballet, have been postponed due to COVID19 restrictions impacting Regional Victoria and Greater Melbourne.

Colac Otway Shire Mayor Cr Kate Hanson said the easing of restrictions for regional Victoria was welcome, particularly the return to school and the reopening of retail.

“The easing of restrictions is vital for our local businesses and I encourage the community to continue supporting the business community, while adhering to COVID-safe requirements including the use of QR codes and masks,” she said.

“We know that exposure sites are as close as Anglesea and COVID19 can be easily transmitted. I urge customers to help protect their community and to make reopening as easy as possible for businesses by checking in with QR codes and wearing masks as required,” Cr Hanson said.

“Businesses have done it tough for well over 12 months and they will need to meet more requirements as they open up, so let’s help them by doing the right thing.”


Council Customer Service

Colac Otway Shire Council customer services including service information, inquiries and payments continue to be available by phoning 5232 9400 or online via Council’s website at Council’s customer service centres in Colac and Apollo Bay will reopen their doors to the public on Monday June 7.

Colac Regional Saleyards

Sales at Colac Regional Saleyards will reopen to the public for next week’s cattle sale on Thursday, June 10 with social distancing and mask rules in place, in accordance with State Government COVID19 restrictions.

COPACC & Colac Cinemas

COPACC shows planned for next week are being rescheduled and more information is available by calling 5232 9418 or visiting

Colac Cinemas will reopen to the public tomorrow, with limited capacity and mask rules in place, in accordance with State Government COVID19 restrictions. Visit for screening and booking information.

Colac Makers’ Space

Colac Makers’ Space will reopen in accordance with the easing of restrictions for Creative Studios. Group sizes to a maximum of 10 people will apply and a density quotient of one person per four square metres.

Sanitisation of Council facilities

Colac Otway Shire Council will extend its COVID19 sanitisation program, which was due to end June 30, until the end of 2021 in response to the current COVID19 outbreak in Victoria.

Stay up to date with Colac Otway Shire services online at Council’s website and Facebook page, and go to the Department of Health website at for COVID19 restriction updates and further information.

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