Surf Coast Shire joins the Great Ocean Road conversation

Published on 01 May 2018

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Surf Coast Shire Council will add to the conversation around the governance of the Great Ocean Road, submitting feedback to the Great Ocean Road Taskforce’s Issues Paper.

The submission, endorsed by Council at its April meeting, includes a number of recommendations including the following:

  • Support for the establishment of a new body to oversee implementation of a Strategic Framework Plan for the Great Ocean Road;
  • Support for secure funding sources and/or commitment to fund the delivery of the Great Ocean Road Strategic Framework Plan over a 20 to 25 year period;
  • Affirms the need and willingness to consider Council’s participation in proposals for revenue generation, as long as that revenue is directly retained by the new body (eg GOR Authority) and not diverted to State Government consolidated revenue; and,
  • Advises that it is essential that councils don’t have to fund infrastructure that essentially services a visitor base (such as coaches) for which local communities receive little or no benefit. This is one of the current constraints preventing the establishment of much needed visitor infrastructure.

Surf Coast Shire Mayor Cr David Bell said securing the future of the Great Ocean Road was important for both locals and visitors.

“The Great Ocean Road is a key travel route for locals and an iconic destination for tourists. It’s essential that we all work together to ensure the future of this important and historical area in Victoria,” Cr Bell said.

“We know that the Great Ocean Road is currently managed by a number of different bodies. This means that there can be duplication of responsibilities and some gaps. It is reassuring to know that the road is on everyone’s radar and we are working to find a way to best manage it now and into the future.”

Council’s submission was sent to the Great Ocean Road Taskforce in April.