Funding backs Great Ocean Road parking strategy

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A Great Ocean Road Tourism Parking and Traffic Strategy is set to accelerate with Federal Government Building Better Regions funding.

Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson announced a $75,000 allocation for the project, to be matched by Colac Otway Shire, enabling evaluation of parking and traffic conditions in all key towns along the road and its hinterland.

The project is expected to include significant stakeholder engagements and a communications plan, resulting in recommendations for a five-year capital works plan.

Ms Henderson said she had long advocated better parking along the road, including for buses.

“The lack of proper facilities along this iconic road is also a major issue for our regional tourism industry,” Ms Henderson said.

“These issues were highlighted in the two Great Ocean Road summits I held in Lorne and Apollo Bay earlier this year.

“Kennett River and Apollo Bay face some particularly difficult parking issues due to the high number of tourist buses.”

The allocation headlined Building Better Regions Fund announcements, which included $25,000 for Colac Otway Shire for delivery of a $50,000 Colac Otway Economic Development Strategy.

The strategy will deliver a plan to encourage economic growth and prosperity across Colac Otway region.

Geelong Chamber of Commerce will receive $19,500 for establishment of a Barwon South West Regional Business Council and convening of a Regional Business Summit.

Business groups to be invited onto the council are Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce, Bannockburn Chamber of Commerce, Business and Tourism Anglesea, Colac and District Chamber of Commerce, Commerce Warrnambool, Committee for Lorne, Highton Traders’ Association, Lara Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Grove Business Association, Portarlington Business Development Association, Queenscliff RIP Chamber and Torquay Commerce and Tourism.

Geelong’s Upstart Entrepreneurial Challenge will also receive $17,950 Building Better Regions funding to run two innovation workshops.

People can find more information about the Building Better Regions Fund here.

Source: A media release by Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson.