$70M tourist resort proposed for coast

An artist’s impression of the proposed new resort and conference centre just outside Apollo Bay.

A proposed $70-million resort with high-end accommodation, a 25-metre indoor pool and restaurants at Apollo Bay could provide an unprecedented tourism boost for the region.

The major tourism proposal spread across a 106-hectare site on Barham River Road, to the west of Apollo Bay, could generate about 250 jobs during construction and create 175 ongoing jobs when the resort is operational.

Oceans United Investments Group has lodged an application with Colac Otway Shire Council to develop the first phase of a major tourism resort, with proposed plans now on public exhibition.

The first phase of the resort development will include a hotel with 180 hotel rooms, 82 villas, a wellness centre, a 25-metre swimming pool, a bar and restaurants, if the proposal gains approval.

The application confirms the height of the main hotel building will be between 12 metres and 17 metres with other levels of the hotel up to seven metres.

Plans show 12 villas to the north of the hotel, 10 villas to the west and 60 villas to the south of the hotel, along with a wellness centre which will include a swimming pool for hotel guests and the public.

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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