Monday, September 6, 2004
new 20-year land and transport plan, unveiled in Jan Juc today
by the the Premier, Steve Bracks, will ensure Victoria's famous
Great Ocean Road is preserved for future generations.
Mr Bracks said the Government had committed
more than $13.5 million to the Great Ocean Road Region Strategy,
which will protect the area from inappropriate development
while improving roads and transport.
"The Great Ocean Road is a national treasure.
It's an Australian icon and one of the most famous drives
in the world," he said.
"This road draws thousands of tourists
to the region every year. It was built by thousands of returned
servicemen between 1919 and 1932 as a memorial to Australians
killed in World War I.
"Those men put in the backbreaking work
to make this region what it is today an international
tourist destination and a key economic area of the state.
It is our job to protect their legacy and to plan for future
development in the region."
Mr Bracks said the Government would spend $11.9
million to make the Great Ocean Road safer.
- $10.4 million -from the Transport Accident
Commission's Arrive Alive! Safer Roads Program to improve
an 88km stretch of the road from Torquay to Apollo Bay and
- $1.5 million to strengthen and smooth the
road surface at five sites along the road.
Minister Responsible for the TAC, Rob Hulls,
said the $10. 4 million would pay for guardrails, reflective
guideposts, warning signs and improved line marking.
"Traffic on this part of the road is growing
by five per cent a year," he said. "Between 1999
and 2003, five people were killed and 312 injured on the road
between Torquay and Apollo Bay."
Transport Minister, Peter Batchelor, said the
bicycle network at Jan Juc and Apollo Bay would be extended
and pedestrian crossings would be provided at Anglesea as
part of the $1.5 million in funding.
Mr Bracks also announced more than $1.6 million
to boost tourism opportunities in the Otways over the next
"Funds will be allocated to upgrade key
sites in the Otways and provide new tourism opportunities,"
- Sealing of road and upgrade of the road to the Cape Otway
- Installation of a major pedestrian and bike bridge across
the Gellibrand River on the Old Beechy Line Rail Trail ($350,000);
- Further extension and improvement of the Great Ocean Walk
- Training and development for Otway Hinterland tourism
businesses and promotion of the area ($244,000)
- Interpretation and tourist signage in the Great Ocean
Road region ($100,000)
- Events development in the Colac Otway Shire ($75,000)
- Development of a touring route through the Otways ($25,000).
Planning Minister, Mary Delahunty, said the
Great Ocean Road Region Strategy would help protect the landscape,
care for the environment and manage the growth of towns.
"The Great Ocean Road Region is Victoria's
most popular visitor destination outside Melbourne. Approximately
7 million people visit this part of Victoria each year,"
Ms Delahunty said.
"Visitation to the region will continue
to grow and while this is good for the local economy, the
growth needs to be carefully managed so the demands it places
on infrastructure and services can be met, and its landscape
- Developing and promoting safe travel routes through the
hinterland, taking pressure off the Great Ocean Road;
- Providing more travel choices through better seasonal
bus services and improving walking and cycling opportunities;
- Protecting significant landscapes along the coast and
in the hinterland
- Implementing planning measures to respect the unique character
of coastal towns and encourage sustainable development;
- Creating new tourism attractions in the Otways as the
area moves away from an economic reliance on the timber
Ms Delahunty said the Great Ocean Road Region
Strategy had involved extensive consultation with local communities,
local government, tourism organisations, local and regional
stakeholder and government agencies.
"The Government will continue to work with
local communities to ensure this iconic region is protected.
And I would like to congratulate Colac-Otway, Corangamite,
Moyne, Surf Coast and Warrnambool municipalities for their
effort and input to the Strategy."
Source: media release from the Office
of the Premier
The mpg3 audio files below were recorded and
prepared by Nicholas Soames. If you have problems listening
to them and would like some help, email me at - [email protected]
- Victorian Premier Steve Bracks - Listen
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- Planning Minister, Mary Delahunty - Listen
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- Mayor of Surf Coast Shire, Cr. Beth Davidson - Listen
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- Interview with Planning Minister, Mary Delahunty
by Nicholas Soames - Listen
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- Premier Steve Bracks responds to question
about traffic congestion at Anglesea over summer (sorry
about the bumpy audio) - Listen
to audio grab>> (112KB)
- "Are windfarms a prospect along the
Great Ocean Road?" - Premier Steve Bracks responds
to audio grab>> (376KB)
- "What sets this area apart from the
beautiful drive to Wilson's Promontory?" - Premier
Steve Bracks responds - Listen
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- "What would be your response to a windfarm
application?" - Planning Minister, Mary Delahunty responds
to audio grab>> (125KB)
Premier, Steve Bracks with the Great Ocean Road
Regional Strategy Plan
Labor's Corangamite candidate, Peter McMullin
and Steve Bracks take time out for a photo opportunity
Facing questions outside the Jan Juc Surf Life
Saving Club house