Apollo Bay, Victoria - on the Great Ocean Road

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Read the full report here

Peter Fillmore Secretary
Otway Forum

Council meeting

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

@ COPAC, 4:00pm

Then Wednesday, 27 February 2019  
@ Apollo By Senior Citizens Centre


Otway Forum normally meets at 3.00pm on the second Sunday of each month at the Community House,
"Marrar Woorn" in Pengilley Avenue, Apollo Bay.  Check the Apollo Bay News sheet for details.

Meeting 320  13 January 2019

Coastal erosion - some relevant reports

Apollo Bay Sand Study, 2005, Coastal Engineering Solutions

Coastal Hazards Management Plan, Marengo to Skenes Creek, 2012,  Water Technology Pty Ltd for DSE

Apollo Bay Coastal Processes and Sand Movement Studies, updated to 2016 - Information sheet

Preparing for the Future, Victoria Coastal Council Science Panel, 2018. (Brochure)

Some planning scheme information and links here

See Otway Forum submission to the Planning Panel here

Minister rejects
proposed mega resort
in the Barham Valley

Barham Valley Resort

The Planning Minister has comprehensively rejected rhe Barham Valley Resort.

But why did it take 18 months when it should have been rejected at the very first meeting with the bureaucrats from COS, RDV and Tourism vic.

Obviously no one learnt from the ‘Great Ocean Green fiasco that dragged on for 7 long years.

Read John Spencer’s account of that fiasco on the Otway Forum website

There needs to be accountability at COS for this latest waste of over $200,000 of ratepayers money..

Council officers were still advocating for the resort to be given the go ahead right up until the August 2018 COS meeting in Apollo Bay.

All councillors then wisely rejected the application.

So $100,000? was spent trying to progress the application before another $100,000? was spent to oppose it.

There needs to be better guidelines for council officers and other bureaucrats, when dealing with developers/speculators

Beach erosion

Another report on the erosion issues at Apollo Bay came to light last week.

It reports that just simply renourishing the front and back beach’s with sand is failing spectacularly and so far has cost close to $400,000.

Groynes at Point Bunbury and Wild Dog creek have trapped sand to widen the beach and heighten the dunes.

If this still fails to halt the increasing storm surges and rising sea levels, the GOR may have to be moved further inland especially where its built on and near the primary dune.

Monday, 7 January 2019 
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne has refused a planning permit for a resort development at Apollo Bay, to protect the iconic township from inappropriate development. 
At the request of the Colac Otway Shire Council, Mr Wynne called in the proposal in 2017 and appointed an independent planning panel to assess the merits of the development. 
The panel found that although the project would meet a need for high-quality luxury accommodation in the Great Ocean Road region, its size and scale would have a negative impact on the renowned local landscape. 
Mr Wynne has considered the panel’s recommendations and decided the proposal should be rejected due to its excessive scale and its impact on the landscape and environment.  
Other grounds for refusal were inadequate responses to landslip risk, flooding risk, threat of bushfire, threat to biodiversity and vegetation and buffering of waterways. 
The Office of the Victorian Government Architect was consulted for design review and raised concerns about the visual impact of buildings. 
A ten-day public hearing was held in 2018 to allow community feedback, while the Colac Otway Shire Council received 294 objecting submissions and 16 supporting submissions in relation to the proposal. 
The proposal fell short of the aims of the Great Ocean Road Action Plan, released by the Andrews Labor Government last year to protect the area with sustainable tourism and enhanced protection of environmental and cultural values. 
The Great Ocean Road and its scenic coastal landscapes are one of Australia’s most important tourism destinations, stretching more than 243 kilometres and attracting more visitors than Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef combined. 
The findings of the planning panel report are available at