The Surf Coast is renowned for its excellent beaches, coastal biodiversity, and a wealth of recreation and tourism opportunities. It is also the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, a national heritage site.
The region has experienced increasing urban development pressure, particularly in Torquay-Jan Juc. To ensure the region’s long-term sustainability, we must effectively balance growth while ensuring the retention of unique features and characteristics.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is working with the Surf Coast Shire Council and the Wadawurrung People, to declare the Surf Coast a Distinctive Area and Landscape under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The Statement of Planning Policy will include a 50-year vision and strategies, including long-term settlement boundaries, to better protect the unique features of the Surf Coast for current and future generations.
The Surf Coast Distinctive Area and Landscape Project will coincide with the development of the Great Ocean Road Strategic Framework Plan, which will provide further protection to the Great Ocean Road Region.
When we refer to the Surf Coast, we mean the
geographic area of Torquay-Jan Juc and the surrounding hinterland area, rather than the entire Surf Coast Shire. Torquay-Jan
Juc is part of Melbourne and Geelong’s peri-urban area and is experiencing significant
development pressures. The other coastal towns along the Great Ocean Road face
unique challenges and are being considered as part of the Victorian Government's implementation of the Great Ocean Road
Community Open Houses
The Surf Coast is renowned for its excellent beaches, coastal biodiversity and a wealth of recreation and tourism opportunities. In past engagement exercises undertaken by the government, we’ve heard that the landscapes, history and natural environment are much loved aspects of the Surf Coast.
When we refer to values, we mean the level of importance or worth you place on something.
In the following questions, please identify (a) what you
value in the Surf Coast; (b) what you believe are the threats to these values; and (c) how
you think these values could be better protected.
You can also pinpoint these values using the below mapping tool.