The State Government is moving to protect the G21 region’s iconic Great Ocean Road.
Proposed new legislation has been introduced into the Victorian Parliament to reform the management of the Great Ocean Road and its landscapes for future generations.
The Great Ocean Road and Environs Protection Bill 2019 establishes dedicated management arrangements to better protect the road’s environment and the jobs, businesses and liveability of communities that rely on it.
Improving infrastructure and providing greater environmental protections along the Great Ocean Road, and its hinterland, is part of G21’s Great Ocean Road Priority Project.
The Bill gives effect to reforms outlined in the Government’s Great Ocean Road Action Plan by:
- Establishing the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority to deliver a more coordinated and sustainable approach to land and visitor management. Currently, 11 entities have responsibility along the length of the road with no clear overarching plan
- Strengthening and imbedding Traditional Owner knowledge and culture into the management of the landscapes traversed by the road and includes Traditional Owner language in the body of the Bill
- Recognising the scenic landscapes along the road as the one living and integrated entity for protection, with requirements to implement a landscape management approach and stricter planning controls
- Recognising the state significance of the Great Ocean Road and its landscapes.
The Great Ocean Road is an international tourist drawcard with more visitors each year than Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef combined. Like many popular tourist sites, it’s facing pressure from increasing visitor numbers, natural processes, and the impacts of climate change.
These reforms are about managing these pressures and ensuring the road continues to bring visitors to Victoria, while delivering benefits for the local communities in the region.
For more information on the reforms and action underway engage.vic.gov.au/great-ocean-road