Apollo Bay Harbour plan - feedback sought

Economic Development Pillar

Feedback is being sought on a draft Apollo Bay Harbour Precinct Development Plan now on public exhibition.

The draft plan is a significant milestone in the redevelopment of Apollo Bay’s Harbour Precinct and follows years of advocacy, community consultation and planning.

The redevelopment project will be funded under the Geelong and Great Ocean Road City Deal with a $12-million commitment.  The project aims to secure the Apollo Bay region’s economic viability as a tourist destination while complementing the Port’s commercial fishing and recreational boating activities.

Development of the Apollo Bay Harbour is a G21 Priority under the G21 Regional Harbours project.

Colac Otway Shire has been working with the community for many years to create a plan that found the best possible balance between retaining the town’s fishing village character and undergoing the much-needed improvements to create an appealing harbourside for visitors and the community.

They established a Project Control Group (PCG) that included community members to help find a balance of diverse expectations. These community members have been instrumental in shaping the plan and ensuring it reflects the priorities of the community.

Colac Otway Shire has also undertaken a great deal of preparatory work to reach a point where they can place the development plan on exhibition, including the preparation of the Apollo Bay, Skenes Creek and Marengo Community Infrastructure Plan, which complements the harbour redevelopment project.

While the infrastructure plan scope is outside the harbour precinct, the two plans are linked and share a vision for the town.

Key features of the draft Harbour Development Plan include:

  • Port Operations Depot relocated to the west side of Trafalgar Street (north), incorporating public toilets and port users’ amenities.
  • A pedestrian promenade along the lower terrace, with new commercial tenancies where the harbour depot yard is currently located.
  • A waterfront boardwalk extending from the Slipway through to the Sailing Club.
  • Expansion of the Fishermen’s Co-operative building to better utilise ground level floor space and a second storey element that supports enhanced restaurant seating.
  • More formalised parking at Mothers Beach adjacent to the new harbour depot building.
  • Enhanced pedestrian and cycle connections and facilities, including a new shared path on the northern side of Nelson Street, connecting the commercial centre with the harbour precinct, and a future beach boardwalk connection that is subject to future investigations.
  • An expanded footprint for future Sailing Club redevelopment.
  • Additional vehicle and boat trailer parking at Point Bunbury.
  • A new Ocean Rescue Boat Shed at Point Bunbury alongside new public toilets with all abilities access and parking.

The draft plan will be available for viewing online at colacotway.vic.gov.au and submissions close on 18 October 2020.

Submissions and adoption of the development plan will be considered by the new Council to be elected in October.