COLAC Otway Shire mayor Brian Crook has called for cool heads as debate rages about Apollo Bay’s future.
Cr Crook and council chief Rob Small met with Apollo Bay citizens yesterday to discuss their concerns about development in the coastal town.
The meeting came after Apollo Bay residents expressed their fears of excessive future development within the town.
The council is yet to decide the future of Apollo Bay development but has received State Government money to prepare a detailed master plan for the town’s harbour precinct.
Apollo Bay residents group Otway Forum has attracted more than 700 signatures for a petition that expresses disappointment at the council for failing to consult with residents about the town’s future.
Otway Forum’s Peter Fillmore, who is also a member of a harbour community reference group, said he was “not against development” but feared the council would turn Apollo Bay into “1970s’ Queensland”.
He said he would support “some form of low-key, low-cost, low-risk sustainable redevelopment at the harbour”.
Cr Crook described the reaction to building additional accommodation in the town as “hysterical”.
Mr Fillmore said Otway Forum would host another community meeting on February 23.