The Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority is set to deliver several projects along the iconic strip of coast on behalf of the Australian and Victorian governments, funded through the Geelong City Deal.
The projects are part of the Victorian Government’s plan to ensure future development along the Great Ocean Road is sustainable and unlocks the potential of the visitor economy.
The Authority will deliver the much-anticipated Apollo Bay Harbour Redevelopment, infrastructure upgrades to Kennett River and the Point Grey Lorne Redevelopment – in line with the Government’s vision when it set up the Authority to protect natural, cultural and heritage values of the region’s crown land and marine waters.
The projects are among four ongoing Geelong City Deal funded projects between Lorne and Apollo Bay, including the Apollo Bay to Skenes Creek Coastal Trail.
The Australian and Victorian governments have agreed not to proceed with the trail project after extensive planning and design works determined a coastal trail could have long term impacts to the fragile coastal environment.
The remaining $4 million allocated towards that project will remain within the Geelong City Deal program and support the Apollo Bay Harbour Redevelopment, infrastructure upgrades to Kennett River, and the Point Grey Lorne Redevelopment.
The Apollo Bay Harbour redevelopment will provide an improved visitor experience and broaden the commercial and recreational opportunities in the area so that visitors and locals can enjoy the harbour for years to come.
At Point Grey, works under a renewed masterplan continue so that it meets required planning requirements and suits the community’s needs now and into the future.
The Authority will continue to work with all stakeholders including the Eastern Marr Aboriginal Corporation, The Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club, local community, Surf Coast Shire Council and funding partners in developing the masterplan.
The Authority will also deliver infrastructure upgrades as part of the Kennett River project, including new toilets and wastewater treatment plant to be built next to Kennett River Caravan Park, which the Authority currently maintains.
The Authority was established to ensure a coordinated approach to development along the Great Ocean Road. It will work with key stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition of the Geelong City Deal projects, including formalising the funding agreement.
These projects form part of the $500 million Geelong City Deal, a collaborative plan to transform Geelong and the Great Ocean Road by the Australian and Victorian Governments and local council.