The Minister for Planning has appointed an Advisory Committee to provide independent advice on planning scheme amendments, planning permit applications, and policy and strategic matters within the Great Ocean Road Strategic Framework Plan Indicative Area that will impact on or facilitate Great Ocean Road visitor economy development proposals.

The Advisory Committee will also provide advice on the development or review of coastal and marine management plans and consents to use marine and coastal Crown land as referred by the Minister for Energy Environment and Climate Change within the Indicative area.

No referrals have been made at this point.

This page will be updated when a proposal has been referred to the Standing Advisory Committee.

More Information

  • For questions which relate to particular proposals or referrals, please contact:
    State Planning Services, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning 
    ☎ Phone: (03) 8392 5507 ✉ Email: david.kirkland@delwp.vic.gov.au  
  • If you have any questions on the Standing Advisory Committee and Public Hearing process contact:
    Andrea Harwood, Planning Panels Victoria
    ☎ Phone: (03) 8392 5123
    ✉ Email:  planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au

Panel or Committee

Standing Advisory Committee Members

  • Kathy Mitchell (Co-Chair)
  • Nick Wimbush (Co-Chair)
  • Michael Kirsch (Deputy Chair)
  • Elissa Bell
  • Ian Hamm
  • Andrew Hutson
  • Michael Malouf
  • Kate Partenio

Learn more about the members by reading their biographies (DOC, 94.0 KB).



The Minister for Planning, or the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, or a delegate, may refer proposals or relevant matters to the Standing Advisory Committee as provided for in the Terms of Reference.

No referrals have been received to date. This webpage will be updated upon referral.


Relevant planning applications or planning scheme amendments referred to the Standing Advisory Committee will be placed on public exhibition. Submissions on those proposals will be invited during that period.

The scope and timing for public exhibition will be determined by either the referring Council or the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Public Hearing

The Standing Advisory Committee will hold a Directions Hearing and Public Hearing following the exhibition of the relevant proposal. The purpose of the Hearing will be to provide submitter with an opportunity to be heard by the Committee.

Timing for Hearings will be updated on this page.


The Standing Advisory Committee must submit its report within 40 business days from the last day of the Hearing.


Terms of Reference (PDF, 2.0 MB)

Member Biographies (PDF, 111.1 KB)