Supporting Eco Tourism On The Great Ocean Road
A $1.5 million Victorian Government grant to the Conservation Ecology Centre will create a new nature park, Wildlife Wonders, on a spectacular 50-acre site just outside Apollo Bay.
Visitors to Wildlife Wonders will receive a guided walking tour by qualified conservationists through protected habitat where they will encounter native animals living freely in natural bushland overlooking the ocean.
With over 2.1 million people visiting the 12 Apostles and Shipwreck Coast region each year, the project seeks to capitalise on this tourism market while also delivering environmental benefits. Increasing visitor yield along the Great Ocean Road is a key element of G21's Great Ocean Road Priority Project.
All profits generated by Wildlife Wonders will go towards conservation of the region’s flora and fauna through investment in ecosystem restoration, ecological research, species recovery programs, and community education programs.
The project will create 44 jobs during the construction phase and 35 jobs in ecotourism and environmental conservation once the project is complete.
The $9.64 million project has been in development for several years and has the support of the Federal Government though a $2 million grant from the Regional Jobs and Investment Package.