COESR Pty Ltd is proposing an elite athlete training, accommodation, retail and tourism facility on a 240-hectare site at 1300-1320 Cape Otway Road, Modewarre.

The Surf Coast Shire Council has reviewed the proponent's draft planning scheme amendment documentation, technical reports and revised concept masterplan and precinct plans for the proposal. Council has subsequently requested that the Minister for Planning become the planning authority for the amendment as it considered it to be of regional, state and broader significance. COESR Pty Ltd has also requested the Minister for Planning to undertake the planning authority role. The Minister for Planning has decided to refer the proposal to an independent advisory committee.

Cape Otway Road Australia Development Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee was appointed in February 2019 to advise the Minister for Planning on all relevant planning matters associated with the proposed Cape Otway Road Australia development proposal.

The work and scope of the Advisory Committee is guided by its Terms of Reference, which can be accessed in the Document Library on this page.

The Committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Kathy Mitchell (Chair)
  • Natasha Reifschneider

Learn more about the Members by reading their biographies.

You can find more information about the Advisory Committee process below, including how to make a submission and appearing at a Hearing.

Advisory Committee Process

Initial Assessment

The Committee has undertaken an initial assessment of the material that has been prepared by the proponent. The Committee has produced a report to the Minister for Planning which recommends that the proposal be progressed to public exhibition and hearing subject to 16 recommendations. View the report.

The Minister for Planning directed the Proponent to submit updated planning scheme amendment documents and supporting reports in accordance with the Advisory Committee's 16 recommendations. The documents are available to view below.


The proposal will be publicly exhibited between Monday, 21 October 2019 and 5.00pm on Tuesday 19 November, 2019. You can make a submission below on this page during this period.

Make your submission

Submissions were invited between Monday 21 October, 2019 and 5.00pm on Tuesday, 19 November 2019.

Privacy and Intellectual Property

Please note that your submission will be treated in accordance with the Privacy Collection Statement (which can be accessed through Document Library) which may include provisions to other parties and display in the Hearing. You should not include any other personal information in the submission, such as email and phone details, unless that information can be made publicly available. You can request access to your personal information held by the Department by contacting the Freedom of Information Unit on (03) 9637 8186 or

Directions Hearing and Public Hearing

Directions Hearing:

A Directions Hearing was held at Planning Panels Victoria, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne on Friday, 13 December 2019 at 9:30am.

Public Hearing:

The Public Hearing was held between 3 and 14 February 2020 in he offices of Surf Coast Shire at Torquay.

Final Report

The Advisory Committee is required to submit its final report no later than 40 business days from the final day of public hearings.

The final report was released on 8 October 2020 and can be accessed here.

Contact Us

For referral of proposals to the Advisory Committee and notice of the proposals, please contact:

Name Mark Gregory, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Phone (03) 5226 4606

If you have any questions on the Advisory Committee Process or making a submission, please contact:

Name Andrea Harwood, Planning Panels Victoria
Phone (03) 8392 5123