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POINT GREY – LORNE REDEVELOPMENT

PROJECT BACKGROUND

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 $382 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 TIMELINE

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
  • 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 the creation of a Community Co-design Group (CCDG) as part of the project.

    LATEST NEWS

    EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST OPEN FOR COMMUNITY CO-DESIGN GROUP – 11 NOVEMBER 2021

    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 overall Point Grey redevelopment design in order to activate the precinct 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