Issues Paper

An Issues Paper has been released outlining the key issues and proposing a new management model to strengthen protections of the landscape setting, improve the visitor experience, provide greater certainty in land-use planning and attract investment proposals that will benefit visitors and local communities.

Submissions closed on 30 April 2018.

We are currently analysing submissions provided throughout the community consultation process to identify the common themes across the region, and the local place based feedback. The Community Views report will be available when publicly released.

The 243 kilometre, National Heritage listed, Great Ocean Road is one of the world's most scenic and iconic coastal touring routes. Its sheer limestone cliffs, pockets of rainforest, shipwreck history, and world class-surfing breaks make the Great Ocean Road one of Australia’s most popular destinations for visitors and Victoria's most significant tourism asset.

The Great Ocean Road connected isolated coastal communities when it was constructed between 1919 and 1932. It was built by returned servicemen to honour their fellow soldiers and sailors from World War I, the coastal and forested landscapes along the road are of high cultural, ecological and economic importance to the Wadawurrung and Eastern Maar people who have known this country, and cared for it, since the beginning. The coastline also includes rare polar dinosaur fossil sites, the best-known one being Dinosaur Cove. Fossils collected from numerous sites along the coast continue to yield important scientific information.

Today the Great Ocean Road governance arrangements involve many different organisations that operate across a range of geographical scales, timeframes and jurisdictional boundaries. There are more than 17 responsible public entities with accountabilities from strategy development and implementation: land-use planning, management and administration, infrastructure delivery, asset maintenance, emergency management, investment facilitation, destination promotion and brand stewardship. Responsibility for managing contiguous coastal foreshore, public open spaces and parklands along the Great Ocean Road is also fragmented.

Terms of Reference

The Victorian Government established the independently chaired Great Ocean Road Taskforce to review the effectiveness of current governance arrangements and to make recommendations to strengthen protection of the landscape setting, improve the visitor experience, provide greater certainty in land-use planning and attract investment proposals that will benefit tourists and local communities. The Taskforce is to report to Government by the end of 2018.


On 14 September 2017, the Victorian Government announced the appointment of the Great Ocean Road Taskforce:

  • Independent co-chairs: Hon Peter Batchelor and Hon Terry Mulder
  • Nominees of the Traditional Owners of Country
    • Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation: Mr Jamie Lowe (CEO) supported by Mr Jason Mifsud (Chair)
    • Wadawurrung: Ms Corrina Eccles (Manager Geelong Office) supported by Mr Paul Davis (General Manager)
  • Members with expertise and experience in tourism and coastal management, and understand the key issues relating to the governance of the Great Ocean Road:
    • Ms Diane James, AM, former Chair of the Victorian Coastal Council for over a decade
    • Ms Elaine Carbines, Chief Executive Officer of G21 - The Geelong Region Alliance  
    • Mr Wayne Kayler-Thomson, Chair of the Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board

Study Area

The primary study area is the Great Ocean Road and its landscape from Torquay to Port Fairy (including settlements). The secondary study area includes more of the hinterland for consideration of infrastructure and projects that contribute to the Great Ocean Road visitor experience. The project study area includes parts of the municipalities of Surf Coast, Colac-Otway, Corangamite, Moyne and Warrnambool.

External resources

The work of the Taskforce will build on prior work undertaken in the:

It is also to draw on the experience of cooperative efforts during the Wye River Bushfire Reconstruction process.

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