New Shipwreck Coast facility plans
Designs for tourist facilities at Twelve Apostles’ Saddle Lookout, the Port Campbell Creek Pedestrian Bridge and the Blowhole Lookout have been unveiled as part of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan.
Local artist Vicki Couzens drew inspiration from black and white cockatoos – totemic to the tribes of the Eastern Maar – for the design of the Twelve Apostles lookout, while the Blowhole Lookout replicates a breaching whale, with the seating to reflect the barnacles on its back.
Recognising and partnering with Traditional Owners in such designs not only represents an opportunity for bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together, it is an opportunity to showcase an internationally iconic landscape in a culturally and environmentally sensitive way that maximises tourism potential.
G21 is a long-time advocate for improved facilities for the growing number of visitors to the Great Ocean Road region, including upgrades to the Shipwreck Coast, as part of its Great Ocean Road Priority Project.
Each year, more people visit the Great Ocean Road region than Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef combined, and in the year ending June 2017, its 5.8 million visitors spent $1.3 billion supporting 11,200 jobs in the region.
The Shipwreck Coast Master Plan is a program to protect the coastline between Princetown and the Bay of Islands. Over time, it will deliver an increase of $254 million in annual spending and the creation of 3,834 Victorian jobs.