Councillors unanimous in opposing Apollo Bay resort

Objectors are happy that civic leaders have opposed an Apollo Bay resort. From left are Warwick Ballinger, Annette Telford, Robert McDougall and Peter Fillmore.

A $70-million tourist resort proposed for Apollo Bay will go to an independent planning panel without the support of Colac Otway Shire Council, following a unanimous vote this week.

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2 Responses to “Councillors unanimous in opposing Apollo Bay resort”

  1. The Planning department of Colac Otway’S lack of foresight to take advantage of the tourism dollar in small towns such as Lavers Hill.

    There is a severe lack of accommodation due to the councils strict enforcement of the farm zones.overlays on small allotments of 5 acres or less prohibiting the construction of dwellings (where this is no clear conflict with farming activities) preventing boutique tourism accommodation complimenting the surrounding environment which would provide a huge economic boost for the region.

    Colac Otway’s lack of vision creates an artificial accommodation shortage by not supplying the demand and therefore a very lucrative incentive for large scale developments such as the proposed development at Apollo Bay.

    The lack of tourist accommodation will be key to this proposal being given the green light by the State Gov’t and if so Colac Otway Shire will only have itself to blame.


  2. Rob Sinclair

    This is great news and well done to all involved. Apollo Bay and the entire Otway region is too vulnerable for this sort of large scale development, that would have been of little value to the area. You only have to look at Lorne, once a sleepy coastal hamlet, to know that this development would be catastrophic for Apollo Bay. We now have to hope that Richard Wynne and Daniel Andrews keep with Labor values re the environment etc and doesn’t allow this development to gain the green light.

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