Council gives green light to tree top adventure park following panel review

1 March 2017

Surf Coast Shire Council resolved at its February meeting to adopt a planning scheme amendment and permit application for a tree top adventure park at 180 Erskine Falls Road Lorne.

The combined amendment and permit application, known as Amendment C116, was placed on public exhibition between 4 August and 5 September 2016 during which time nine submissions were received.

Council referred the submissions to an independent panel and the panel has now recommended the amendment and application be adopted.

Council will now submit Planning Scheme Amendment C116 to the Minister for Planning for approval.

Lorne ward Councillor Clive Goldsworthy said the proposal would deliver economic and social benefits to the shire.

“The tree top adventure park concept is a good fit for the area and provides an alternative tourism offering to the beach that respects the natural values of Lorne,” he said.

“The proposal also has the potential to boost direct and indirect employment in the area,” said Cr Goldsworthy.

"In assessing the application and submissions the independent panel found there was a strong strategic justification for the adventure park and the proposal met standards for for traffic and parking, native vegetation, bushfire management and amenity impacts.