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POINT GREY – LORNE REDEVELOPMENT

PROJECT BACKGROUND

CURRENT STATUS 

On March 11, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) made the determination to deny a permit for the Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment.  The full decision can be found here.

The VCAT Member also made general comments regarding limitations of the original design, in regard to vehicle and trailer parking, traffic flows and safe and equitable access.

We continue to consult with all project stakeholders and the community to work through the complex planning issues, with the intention on restarting the project as soon as possible. 

A new masterplan will now need to be developed. This new masterplan will comply with all relevant legislation, including the Marine and Coastal Policy (2020) and address the issues raised in the VCAT determination. 

The masterplan development will seek involvement from all our key stakeholders, including the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, the Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club, local community and our state and local government partners, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Surf Coast Shire Council.

THE PRECINCT

The Point Grey precinct sits along the Great Ocean Road at the southern entry to Lorne. It includes the Lorne Pier, Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club (LAAC), Lorne Pier Seafood Restaurant, and the former Lorne Fishing Cooperative. 

Redeveloping Point Grey could create a unique experience for local residents and visitors, which would benefit the local economy and the Lorne and Surf Coast Shire community. The redevelopment will include:

  • A new Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club building 
  • A new commercial restaurant building, including options for coffee, takeaway and al fresco seating
  • A covered meeting space where the community can enjoy creative and cultural activities 
  • A scenic lookout across the Lorne Pier 
  • Increased public space which will include Indigenous landscaping and open spaces 
  • Recognition of cultural heritage through public art and interpretive information 
  • Upgraded walking paths along the foreshore connecting the site with Lorne township.

The redevelopment will link to the Lorne township and hinterland, offer cultural, historical and recreational activities, a range of dining options, and encourage overnight stays in the region.

KEY PROJECT INFORMATION

The Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment is a priority project of G21, Surf Coast Shire and Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism. Construction is expected to cost approximately $10 million and is funded through the Geelong City Deal, with $8 million provided by the Australian Government, $2 million by the Authority, and $450,000 by the Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club, with the Authority also funding an additional $380,000 outside of the City Deal for early planning activities for the project.

The Geelong City Deal is a $500 million commitment between the Australian and Victorian governments and the local government to revitalise the city and regional economy, encouraging visitors to spend more time in the region by capitalising on its natural assets.

Construction is expected to commence in 2022. 

PROJECT HISTORY

In 2012, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC), with project partners Surf Coast Shire (SCS), Regional Development Victoria (RDV), and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), commenced a planning process to identify a suitable and achievable option for the future use and development of the iconic Point Grey precinct. 

GORCC worked closely with the Lorne and Surf Coast community to progress the redevelopment of the Point Grey – Lorne precinct over several years. In consultation with the community and key stakeholders, the Point Grey Precinct Master Plan was completed in 2015, followed by a Business Case that identified appropriate funding models. 

A Project Steering Group comprising key external stakeholders was convened in August 2017 and has provided input at each stage of the redevelopment program. 

An Architectural Design Expression of Interest (EOI) commenced in September 2017 to progress the master plan concepts into detailed design. The EOI attracted 39 responses, with four shortlisted to submit as entrants to the Architectural Design Competition. The successful design by Searle x Waldron Architecture and Edwards Moore Projects was appointed by an award-winning architectural jury. 

Community consultation was undertaken from March-August 2018 to test elements of the winning design. Overall, the feedback was supportive of the design for the redevelopment and informed detailed design and planning submissions. 

A local Creative Counsel was established in 2018 to tap into the wealth of knowledge regarding Lorne’s history and culture. The Point Grey Creative, Heritage and Cultural Plan was commissioned as a result, with the aim to deliver creative, heritage and cultural components of the project as well as enable creative uses and activation of the site.

GORCC applied for a planning permit in 2018, and after several amendments, this was issued in July 2020. An objector appeal was submitted in August 2020, initiating VCAT proceedings. These proceedings are still ongoing.

The Authority assumed management of the project on its commencement date of 1 December 2020. In response to community concerns raised in 2020/21 regarding the design of the Lorne Fishing Cooperative building, the Authority has initiated public meetings with community members and created a Community Co-design Group (CCDG) as part of the project.

1998:
Lorne Coastal Action Plan recommended development options be considered for Point Grey - Lorne

2006:
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) prepared a briefing paper for development opportunities and held three stakeholder and community sessions

2007: 
Point Grey and Slaughterhouse Feasibility Study prepared by Horizon3​

2009: 
Consultants appointed to prepare masterplan involving consultation with community, stakeholders and Project Steering Group​

2010:
Project put on hold – masterplan not progressed past draft stage

2011: 
Community representatives lobby new GORCC Committee to resume project, leading to formation of Point Grey Precinct Agency Working Group

2012-2014: 
Further community and stakeholder consultation lead to a revised Draft Point Grey Precinct Plan being released for public comment

2015: 
Final Point Grey Precinct Plan developed, and Coastal Consent applied for and granted

2017:
Architectural competition for Point Grey commenced
Business case used for attracting City Deal funding developed​

2018:
Architect appointed
Initial planning application lodged

2019:
MACA consent granted – amended plans submitted to Surf Coast Shire
City Deal funding confirmed​

2020: 
Surf Coast Shire councilors unanimously approve planning permit ​
VCAT objection lodged
FOI request for all consultation documents submitted by local MP

2021:
Creation of Community Co-design Group
ECI contractor announced

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT REPORT NOW AVAILABLE - April 2022

Community engagement on the revised concept design for the Lorne Fishing Cooperative building was held between 14 February - 11 March 2022. Feedback was sought through multiple channels, including two community webinar sessions, an online survey, meetings with community and agency groups and significant digital and media promotion. The revised concept design was well received by the community, with 73% of respondents either liking or loving the revised concept design.

This result followed an extensive engagement and workshop process with the Community Co-design Group (CCDG) which commenced in early December 2021. The revised concept design presented to the community through this engagement was developed and endorsed by the CCDG. Special mention must also go to the additional meetings held between the project architects, Baldasso Cortese, and community architects to work on the design outside of the co-design meetings.

VICTORIAN CIVIL AND ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL (VCAT) OUTCOME RECEIVED – MARCH 2022

On March 11, the VCAT decision was handed down, with the Tribunal denying a permit for the redevelopment.  This decision has put design developments on hold. We are consulting with all project stakeholders and the community to work through the complex planning issues, with the intention on restarting the project as soon as possible.

The full VCAT outcome can be read here.

 

REVISED CONCEPT DESIGN 2022

In partnership with the Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment project’s Community Co-design Group (CCDG), we released a revised concept design for the Lorne Fishing Cooperative building for community input from 14 February – 11 March 2022. 

In response to community concerns raised in 2020/21 regarding the design of the Lorne Fishing Cooperative building, the Authority initiated public meetings with community members and created a Community Co-design Group (CCDG) as part of the project in late 2021. 

The CCDG was comprised of a broad cross-section of the Lorne community, including representatives from the Committee for Lorne, Lorne Angling and Aquatic Club, Lorne Historical Society, Friends of Lorne, the Lorne Business and Tourism Association, and individual community members. Four local architects are also members of the group and have worked closely with the project architects to further inform the development and design of the revised concept. 

Building on community engagement to date, the CCDG has helped inform and refine the revised concept design for the Lorne Fishing Cooperative building to ensure the community’s aspirations are reflected in the development. The group has worked within several parameters, including budget, time, site limitations, planning and statutory consents and grant funding requirements. 

Click here to view a message from the Point Grey - Lorne Redevelopment CCDG Co-Chairs.

VIEW REVISED CONCEPT DESIGN

Click here to view the revised concept design.

Please click here to view a presentation from project architects Baldasso Cortese that shows the revised concept design in detail.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES BETWEEN 2018 AND 2022 SITE PLANS

Click here to see the changes between the 2018 and 2022 site plans.

  WHAT’S CHANGED  WHY 
The ‘Beacon Building’ commercial restaurant design has been replaced by the new concept design for the Fishing Cooperative building  
 
In response to community concerns raised in 2020/21 regarding the design, a CCDG was created to inform and refine the revised concept design to ensure the community’s aspirations are reflected in the development. 
 
The new BBQ pavilion and new public toilet amenity block proposed at the top of the hill will not be going ahead  The existing public toilet facilities will remain in place 
 
There is a significant cultural heritage site under the existing public toilet - a midden dating back two thousand years. 
 
Due to the proximity to this midden, no ground disturbance can occur in this area.  
Changed location of formalised parking – no net change to parking quantities  Due to the proximity to the midden site, the location of the hilltop car park had to retreat to avoid works disturbing cultural heritage.  
 
These spaces are required as a condition of the permit, which requires constructed car parking for 75 cars and four long vehicles.    
 

Additional formalised parking adjacent to the LAAC building 
 
These spaces are required as a condition of the permit. 
  WHAT MAY CHANGE  WHY 
5 Size of public plaza The public plaza size may be reduced to allow for more car spaces closer to the Pier, LAAC and Fishing Cooperative building.
6 Boat wash location/internal traffic flow  Minor changes to the internal layout in response to the LAAC's desire to be able to directly access their boat wash, without having to leave the precinct.  
 
The Authority will work closely with the LAAC to resolve this issue. The size of the boat overflow parking may also change to accommodate the boat sizes common on the site. 
7 Reduction in public parking near Shelley Beach The proposed restaurant building has a slightly smaller seating capacity than the 2018 design. The Authority will engage with Surf Coast Shire to reduce the amount of parking required on the site as a whole and look to reduce the amount of parking to be constructed furthest from the pier, restaurant and LAAC areas. 
8 Public artwork A Creative Counsel will be established to help inform development of artwork for the site. 
9 LAAC building external material palette  The palette of materials used for the LAAC building may change to ensure a consistent and integrated site design. The Authority will engage directly with the LAAC on these potential changes. 

Please note:  

  • The CCDG’s role was to inform and refine the revised concept design for the Lorne Fishing Cooperative building. They have not reviewed or endorsed the wider site plan. 
  • Due to the structural feasibility of the current Fishing Cooperative building, and associated budget constraints, this building will need to be demolished. To ensure we acknowledge and respect the history and cultural significance of the site, we intend to reclaim the original timber and bricks and repurpose them in the new building where possible. 

 

SECOND COMMUNITY CO-DESIGN GROUP MEETING HELD – 17 DECEMBER 2021

Our second Community Co-design Group (CCDG) meeting for the Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment was held on Friday 17 December 2021.

At this meeting, Baldasso Cortese Architects presented the new draft concept design for the Fishing Cooperative building. Some great feedback and ideas were put forward by CCDG members and stakeholders that will now help inform the next phase of concept design development.

In another positive step forward, the local architects that are part of the CCDG have agreed to meet with the project architects to further develop the initial concepts. As a result of this additional design development process, wider community engagement is expected to take place in February 2022.

The next CCDG will be held on Friday 31 January.

FIRST COMMUNITY CO-DESIGN GROUP MEETING HELD – 3 DECEMBER 2021

Our first Community Co-design Group (CCDG) meeting for the Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment was held at the Lorne Community House on Friday 3 December 2021.

A broad cross-section of the Lorne community were in attendance, including CCDG members that are part of the following community groups:

  • Committee for Lorne
  • Lorne Angling and Aquatic Club
  • Lorne Historical Society
  • Friends of Lorne
  • Lorne Business and Tourism Association

There are also four local architects that are part of the CCDG, all of which were in attendance. In addition, representatives from the Authority team, Regional Development Victoria, GHD project management, Kane Constructions, St Quentin planning advisors and Baldasso Cortese Architects, were also present.

Discussions were robust and respectful, and while there are challenges ahead, we look forward to working with the CCDG and design team to achieve an outcome that acknowledges and respects the history and cultural significance of the site.

The CCDG will be co-chaired by the Authority’s CEO, Jodie Sizer and Committee for Lorne’s Ian Stewart. Ian was nominated and endorsed as co-chair on the day.

Building on community engagement to date, the CCDG will help inform and refine the design of the Fishing Cooperative building and ensure the community’s aspirations are reflected in the development. The CCDG will work within several parameters, including budget, time, site limitations, planning and statutory consents and grant funding requirements. We anticipate that together with the CCDG a design outcome will be available for community input in early 2022.

COMMUNITY CO-DESIGN GROUP ANNOUNCED FOR POINT GREY - LORNE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT - 30 NOVEMBER 2021

Thank you to everyone that expressed their interest in joining the Community Co-design Group (CCDG) as part of the Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment project.

We’re pleased to announce that the group’s membership has now been confirmed and we have a great representation of the Lorne community.

Group members include:

• Andrew Clarke
• Bob Sinclair
• Chris Connell
• Christopher Wood
• Graham Brawn
• Ian Stewart
• Jamie Trigg
• John Higgins
• Paul Upham
• Penny Hawe
• Peter Spring
• Rishi Williams
• Stephen Hains

Building on community engagement to date, the CCDG will help inform and refine the design of the Fishing Cooperative building and ensure the community’s desires are reflected in the development.

The CCDG will work within several parameters, including budget, time, site limitations, planning and statutory consents and grant funding requirements. We anticipate that together with the CCDG a design outcome will be available for community input in early 2022. The first CCDG meeting will be held this Friday, 3 December 2021.

The Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment is being delivered as part of the #GeelongCityDeal, a collaborative project to transform Geelong and the Great Ocean Road by the Australian Government, Victorian Government, local council, the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority and Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club.

 

View the Pt Grey – Lorne Redevelopment, Community Webinar. Via this link.

 

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST OPEN FOR COMMUNITY CO-DESIGN GROUP – NOW CLOSED

We’re now inviting Expressions of Interest from Lorne community members to join a Community Co-design Group (CCDG).

Building on community engagement to date, the CCDG will help inform and refine the design of the Fishing Cooperative building and ensure the community’s desires are reflected in the development.

The CCDG will work within several parameters, including budget, time, site limitations, planning and statutory consents and grant funding requirements. We anticipate that together with the CCDG a design outcome will be available for community input in early 2022.

For more information and to submit your Expression of Interest, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H539Z8G. Expressions of Interest close on Thursday 25 November 2021.


AWARDING OF ECI CONTRACT – 12 NOVEMBER 2021

We have awarded the ECI contract for design and construction services to Kane Constructions Pty Ltd.

The ECI model will allow the Authority, CCDG and the contractor and its design team to work collaboratively and efficiently to finalise the design for the project.

 

DOCUMENTS OF INTEREST

Point Grey – Lorne

Planning Permit

Point Grey – Lorne

Engagement Summary Report 2018

FEEDBACK AND UPDATES

Do you have a query about the Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment project?
Please contact us at info@greatoceanroadauthority.vic.gov.au