Overview

The National Heritage listed Great Ocean Road is one of the world's most scenic and iconic coastal touring routes, and Victoria's most significant tourism asset. It is one of Australia’s most popular destinations and attracts more visitors than the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru combined. Like many international tourist destinations, the Great Ocean Road and its landscapes is challenged by increasing numbers of visitors, forces of nature and impacts of climate change.

The Victorian Government is committed to protecting the iconic coasts, parks and scenic landscapes along the Great Ocean Road for generations to come with their own legislation, their own coast and parks authority, their own planning framework and a better planning approval process (outlined in the Great Ocean Road Action Plan that was released in October 2018). This is major reform.

Work has commenced on delivery of the Action Plan. An important early action is the development of long-term objectives and a shared vision of the future of the Great Ocean Road region (Action #8) that is to be given effect in a strategic framework plan for the region.

For further information on the background to the project, including the Great Ocean Road Taskforce, the Independent Co-Chairs Final Report and community feedback, please click here.

Have your say on the planning for the future of the Great Ocean Road Region

We would like to hear your aspirations and goals for the future direction of the Great Ocean Road and its region. Community and stakeholder views will shape the development of long-term objectives and a shared vision of the future for the Great Ocean Region.

The vision will be given effect through the (subsequent) development of an overarching strategic framework plan for the region that provides direction to decision-making on land-uses, landscape and visitor management, sustainable economic development and supporting infrastructure.

There are many ways to have your say:

  • online by responding to the survey questions below and/or pinning your thoughts to a location on the map below
  • in person by attending one of our community forums along the Great Ocean Road or Melbourne (between 24 May and 18 June 2019) – details are listed below the timeline on the right
  • by emailing a written submission addressing the questions below to greatoceanroad.actionplan@delwp.vic.gov.au
  • by posting a written submission addressing the questions below to

Great Ocean Road Management Reform Project Director
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - Barwon South West
Level 4, State Government Offices,
30-38 Lt Malop Street, Geelong, Victoria, 3220


Great Ocean Road Action Plan conversations will coincide with the community consultation ahead of the declaration of Torquay – Jan Juc as Distinctive Areas and Landscapes under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. View project information here.

Survey Questions

Please complete our short survey below, which will inform the development of long-term objectives and a shared vision of the future for the Great Ocean Road region, as well as helping us to identify the distinctive characteristics of places along the Great Ocean Road for protection, and opportunities for visitor facilities and infrastructure.

This survey will remain open until the 31 August, 2019.

Questions about you

These questions help us make sure that we have captured the views of a range of people.

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2. Which of the following statements best describe your connection to the Great Ocean Road region? (please tick all that apply)


Values of the Great Ocean Road and its landscapes

These questions help us understand the characteristics of the Great Ocean Road and its iconic landscape that are most important to you.


3. This word cloud was developed from the words of participants who took part in last year’s community consultation on the Great Ocean Road Governance Issues Paper. Does this capture what you love most about the Great Ocean Road and its landscapes?


Now, we would like you to focus on the areas or towns along the Great Ocean Road you are most familiar with.



Planning for visitors

These questions help us understand your views on what is required to ensure local communities benefit from tourism and visitors have a great experience.


Thought starter - you could consider for example: roads, toilets and showers, car parking, bus parking, bicycle paths and trails, iconic views/photo points and signage, accommodation, food and beverage outlets, vehicle pullovers, digital services, interpretive information, safety and emergency management.


Stories of the future

These questions help us understand your vision and long-term objectives for the Great Ocean Road and its landscapes.


9. The following guiding statements have been developed from community feedback on the Great Ocean Road Governance Issues Paper in 2018. Please rate your level of support for each statement from strongly agree to strongly disagree.
Strongly disagree
Disagree
Neither agree or disagree
Agree
Strongly agree
“Recognise, protect and promote Aboriginal culture, values and traditional lands”
“Protect our natural environment and scenic landscapes”
“Provide a great visitor experience and increase visitor expenditure in our local communities”
“Protect the liveability and distinctive characteristics of our coastal towns”
“Celebrate our rich history”
“Ensure the safety of communities and visitors”

For example: Write a postcard from the perspective of a visitor… what are the attributes/characteristics that this special part of the state is known for, and distinguish it from other places? What is it like to live, work or visit? What are the key features that contributes to the prosperity and liveability of local communities? What are the local business and employment opportunities? What are the key values that are celebrated?

Any further comments?

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

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Tell us more about what's important to you in the Great Ocean Road region

Here is your opportunity to pinpoint by location specific information about what you value, planning for visitors, and aspirations for the future.
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