Resort developer unveils sponsorship package

 

The developer of a proposed tourist resort at Apollo Bay has pledged up to $8 million to local community initiatives if his project gets the green light.

The developer of a proposed tourist resort at Apollo Bay has pledged up to $8 million to local community initiatives if his project gets the green light.

The developer of a proposed tourist resort at Apollo Bay has pledged up to $8 million to local community initiatives if his project gets the green light.

Otway Health, sporting groups including the Apollo Bay Football Netball Club, eco-tourism projects, business groups and a proposed Guli-Gad Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Centre could be among the beneficiaries of sponsorship deals, under the Ocean United Investments Group announcement.

The group is set to find out on Wednesday whether Colac Otway Shire Council gives its support to the $70-million resort proposal which will be ultimately decided by Planning Minister Richard Wynne.

Objectors to the project have opened a campaign office, established a Facebook page criticising the development and are set to present their objections to the council before its decision.

Council officers have recommended that the council supports the development, subject to extensive conditions, but the five councillors likely to be in attendance at Wednesday’s special meeting will have the final decision on whether the council supports the proposal.

Among the details of the officers’ recommendation includes consideration that the project, which would provide about 170 ongoing jobs plus more jobs in its construction stage, would have “a significant economic benefit to tourism and the local and regional economy”.

Oceans United Investment Group’s Graham Duff said on Friday that his group would “invest up to $8 million for capital development contributions directly to local initiatives and in ongoing annual subsidies to support and develop Apollo Bay and the local region”.

“Our sponsorship of the Apollo Bay Football and Netball Club has already commenced for this season.

“OUI intends to enter into a range of commercial in principle agreements with local Apollo Bay associations and enterprises including Otway Health, local tourism, sporting groups and hospitality enterprises, business groups, associations, heritage, ecology and conservation
groups,” he said.

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One Response to “Resort developer unveils sponsorship package”

  1. Rob Sinclair

    As the saying goes: “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts” Apollo Bay and it’s residents would be the losers if this development goes ahead!