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, 155 Batsons Road, 10 and 50 Connies Lane, Modewarre, 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)
  • William O'Neil (Deputy Chair)
  • Elissa Bell
  • Natasha Reifshneider

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.

Exhibition and submissions

Submissions to the Advisory Committee on the proposal were invited between Monday 21 October, 2019 and 5.00pm on Thursday, 28 November 2019 and are now closed.

Directions Hearing and Public Hearing

Directions Hearing:

A Directions Hearing was held at Planning Panels Victoria on Friday, 13 December 2019 at 9:30am. The Committee's Directions and Hearing Timetable can be viewed below.

Public Hearing:

The Public Hearing will commence at 10.00am Monday 3 February 2020 at the Surf Coast Shire Council Chamber, Torquary. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to give people an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission. The Public Hearing is open for anyone to attend.

Final Report

The Advisory Committee is required to submit its final report no later than 40 business days from the completion of the Public Hearing.

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
Email mark.gregory@delwp.vic.gov.au

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
Email planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au