Apollo Bay Harbour Redevelopment
We have taken on delivery of three highly anticipated Geelong City Deal funded projects along the Great Ocean Road. This includes the Apollo Bay Harbour Redevelopment project.
The $12.61 million redevelopment of the Apollo Bay Harbour will provide an improved visitor experience and broaden the commercial and recreational opportunities in the precinct.
In June 2023, we were provided $10.19 million to deliver four elements of the Apollo Bay Harbour Development Plan, including:
· An extension of the Apollo Bay Fisherman’s Cooperative building to accommodate an approved commercial offering in line with Marine and Coastal Act 2018 and Policy requirements
· Relocation of the Port Operations Depot from its existing location to the Mother’s Beach carpark;
· Construction of the Waterfront Promenade
· Improved pedestrian and transport connections around the Apollo Bay Harbour Precinct.
The $10.19 million represents the balance of available funding transferred to us after accounting for project expenditure incurred by Colac Otway Shire Council (Council). We thank and acknowledge Council for their work on the project to date.
This project is being delivered as part of the $500 million Geelong City Deal, a collaborative partnership to transform Geelong and the Great Ocean Road by the Australian Government and Victorian Government, and local council with the Authority and key partners.
We are undertaking a review of the Apollo Bay Harbour Development Plan 2020 (the Plan) which seeks to ensure the desired outcomes of the Plan can be achieved in the current legislative and policy environment. This includes project delivery that is in alignment with the Marine and Coastal Act 2018 (MACA) and consistent with the Marine and Coastal Policy (2020).
The review is the first key deliverable of the new funding agreement and is an important step forward to assist in the delivery of the project and any future works within the harbour precinct.
The review is being undertaken by an independent consultant, Coastal Planning based in Apollo Bay. The anticipated timeline for completion of the review is November 2023.
We will continue to collaborate with key stakeholders to ensure the review provides guidance and certainty to the project team and community.