$70m resort development planned for Apollo Bay


A $70 million resort development proposed for Apollo Bay hinterland includes 180 rooms, 82 villas, a wellness centre, pool, bar and restaurants.

A planning application for the Barham River Road proposal by Oceans United Investment Group is available for public viewing at Colac Otway Shire until October 24.

Plans include a first stage of development and seek recognition of possible future expansion.

The resort is forecast to provide about 175 ongoing jobs and 250 during construction.

Application documentation includes support from Regional Development Victoria, which emphasises that major, quality accommodation investment on the Great Ocean Road will help increase lengths of visitor stays and better position it as a national and international destination.

Key features listed in the application include:

• Development of the land with a hotel consisting of 180 rooms, 12 villas to its north, 10 villas to its west and 60 villas to its south.
• Hotel facilities to include a bar, all-day dining restaurant, retail tenancies, observatory, and wellness centre with six-lane 25-metre pool for guest and public use.
• Development of a conference and wedding centre and yoga retreat to the south-east of the hotel.
• Prospect of future hotel expansion and a further 140 villas.
• Internal road network with 207 guest and visitor car parks.
• Significant landscaping with walking and cycling paths and use of local plant species.
• A farm display, orchard and vineyard.

No gaming or gambling operations are part of the proposal.

The application can be viewed via http://bit.ly/2xx83L8 or during business hours at Colac Otway Shire’s customer service centres in Colac or Apollo Bay.

Sources: Colac Otway Shire media release and the project planning application.