The National Heritage listed Great Ocean Road is the critical underpinning infrastructure that supports the Great Ocean Road region’s $2.1 billion tourism industry.
Stretching for 243 kilometres, the Great Ocean Road is regarded as one of the world’s iconic coastal drives, while also linking the numerous tourism villages and destinations along the coast.
This G21 Transport Pillar Project is a sub-project of the G21 Great Ocean Road Priority Project.
The Great Ocean Road is a significant economic driver in the G21 region. It is essential that the road is maintained and developed to meet current and forecast usage. Its importance to the region’s economy cannot be overstated, with visitors accessing it from many locations including Avalon, Princes and Hamilton Highways and Queenscliff via road, ferry and rail.
Stage 1 – Funded (Completed)
The Australian and Victorian Governments invested $100 million to the Great Ocean Road Upgrade project to improve safety, and the experience of Australia’s most visited destination.
This extensive program involves resurfacing the road, pedestrian and cycling improvements, replacement of several bridges and the installation of new drainage at more than 100 locations.
Stage 2 – Funded (Works ongoing)
The Victorian Government invested a further $53 million in the Great Ocean Road Resilience Project to safeguard against geotechnical risks after landslides closed the road in September 2016.
This project involves extensive surveying to identify and mitigate high-risk geotechnical sites and build retaining walls, undertake soil nailing, rock stabilising and install rock netting and erosion control mesh.
Stage 3 – Funded
A further $255 million has been committed to upgrade and improve the resilience of the Great Ocean Road and upgrade inland routes between the Great Ocean Road and Princes Highway West.
WHAT HAS BEEN COMMITTED
The Federal and State Government has committed $100 million:
- $25 million each to upgrade the Great Ocean Road (2013, as a result of G21’s OMGreatOceanRoad! campaign)
- $25 million each for further upgrades (2016).
The State Government has also committed:
- $140 million to upgrade and improve the resilience of the Great Ocean Road (2020)
- $115 million to upgrade inland routes between the Great Ocean Road and Princes Highway West (2020)
- $53 million for ongoing maintenance (2017)
- $9.8 million for upgrades to key hinterland connections; Birregurra-Forrest Road, Skenes Creek Road and Forrest-Apollo Bay Road.
WHAT IS REQUIRED
Federal and state government commitment to on-going long-term funding to maintain the Great Ocean Road as a vital economic asset.