Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club's Outdoor Area to Reopen for Summer
Published on 01 November 2023
The Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club’s popular outdoor area is set to reopen in time for the peak summer period, bringing joy to the local community, fishers, and visitors alike.
The iconic Point Grey, known for its significance to the local community, has been a treasured hub for local gatherings, sporting events and relaxation.
During the pandemic, state-wide regulations temporarily allowed licensees to utilise specified areas of coastal Crown land in the vicinity of their main premises, which enabled the operation of Lazarus Lounge under COVID-19 hospitality restrictions.
These regulations were always intended to be temporary, and it was advised that they would not be extended beyond 30 September 2023, as Victoria's pandemic declaration had concluded.
We’ve been working closely with Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club representatives and the Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate Action (DEECA) to ensure the necessary consent approval has been secured to temporarily reopen the extended outdoor area. This is pursuant to Section 68 of the Marine and Coastal Act 2018.
Quotes attributable to Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority CEO Jodie Sizer:
“It’s a fantastic day for the Lorne community with the news the Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club can continue to operate its popular outdoor area in time for the peak summer period.”
“We received confirmation from the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) that the necessary consent approval has been put in place to enable the extended outdoor area to reopen temporarily.”
“We know it’s a treasured hub for locals and visitors, and the club will now be able to operate the vibrant space while planning continues for the Point Grey redevelopment.”
“We worked closely with the LAAC and DEECA to reach this wonderful outcome that we believe benefits all involved.”