The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is continuing to deliver the government’s Great Ocean Road Action Plan while Victoria’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is underway.
Further community involvement in the implementation of the Great Ocean Road Action Plan is expected to occur in early 2021.Project updates will be provided via emails to subscribers and on the project website.
The first of two bills to enable the Great Ocean Road management reforms was passed by the Victorian Parliament on 16th June 2020. The Great Ocean Road and Environs Protection Act 2020
- recognises the state significance of the Great Ocean Road and its landscapes;
- establishes a new parks management authority, the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority that is dedicated to protect and manage the coast and parks along the Great Ocean Road;
- provides for the development and implementation of an overarching planning framework for the region; and
- requires dedicated environmental reporting for this special part of our state.
To view the Act click here.
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.
Visit the project website for further information on the background to the project, including the Great Ocean Road Taskforce, the Independent Co-Chairs Final Report and community feedback.