In October 2018, the Victorian Government unveiled a landmark action plan to protect the iconic Great Ocean Road coast and parks for generations to come.
Work is now underway on the implementation of this Action Plan. An early action is involving the community in developing long-term objectives and a shared vision for the future of the region that protects the iconic landscapes and liveability of local communities and provides for a great visitor experience (Action #8).This vision is a key input that is required for the subsequent development of an overarching strategic framework plan for the region that provides future direction for land-uses, landscape and visitor management, and sustainable economic development.
About the project
The governance of the Great Ocean Road Region includes a myriad of policies, legislation, regulation, regional strategies and more than fourteen responsible public entities including five councils, two coastal committees, two water corporations, two catchment management authorities, Parks Victoria, VicRoads and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The Great Ocean Road Taskforce (the Taskforce) was established to review the effectiveness of the governance arrangements and recommend governance reforms by the end of 2018. The purpose of the reforms is to strengthen protections of the landscape setting, improve the visitor experience, provide greater certainty in land-use planning and attract investment proposals that will benefit tourists and local communities.
The Taskforce conducted the first independent assessment of the management and oversight of the entirety of the Great Ocean Road region and submitted their final report in August 2018. The report outlined 26 recommendations to simplify management arrangements to allow for more effective protection of the Great Ocean Road and its landscapes.
All 26 of the recommendations are supported by the Victorian Government (subject to funding) and are to be implemented through five major reforms outlined in the Great Ocean Road Action Plan.
Attend an event
Help shape the future of the Great Ocean Road region by attending one of the following community conversations:
St Luke’s Anglican Hall, Corner Pride and Price Streets
Friday 24 May 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Saturday 25 May 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
DELWP Foyer, 8 Nicholson Street, Melbourne
Tuesday 28 May 2019, 05:30 PM – 07:30 PM
Community Hall, 10 Pennyroyal Valley Road
Friday 31 May 2019, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Community Hall, 6 Great Ocean Road
Saturday 1 June 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Anglesea & Aireys Inlet Senior Citizens Club, 1B McMillan Street
Saturday 1 June 2019, 02:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Wye River Surf Lifesaving Club, Foreshore, Great Ocean Road
Saturday 8 June 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lorne Community House, Mountjoy Parade
Saturday 8 June 2019, 02:00 PM – 04:00 PM
Pavilion Café & Bar, 50 Viaduct Road
Tuesday 11 June 2019, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Peterborough Community Hall, Macs Street
Wednesday 12 June 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Surf Lifesaving Club, Cairns Street
Wednesday 12 June 2019, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Timboon & District Public Hall, 57 Bailey Street
Thursday 13 June 2019, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
COPACC Civic Hall, 95-97 Gellibrand Street
Monday 17 June 2019, 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM
Apollo Bay Golf Club, 21 Great Ocean Road
Tuesday 18 June 2019, 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Great Ocean Road Action Plan conversations will coincide with the community engagement and consultation ahead of the declaration of Torquay - Jan-Juc as Distinctive Areas and Landscapes under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.