Ocean road authority backed

The Great Ocean Road will have a single management agency, after political parties gave bipartisan support to the plan.

The Great Ocean Road will have a single management agency, after political parties gave bipartisan support to the plan.

The State Labor Government pledged on Friday to establish a dedicated agency to manage the Great Ocean Road if re-elected, while the Coalition made the same commitment in July.

Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio joined Tourism Minister John Eren, Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation chair Jason Mifsud and Wadawurrung Geelong office manager Corrina Eccles at Lorne on Friday to launch the Great Ocean Road Action Plan.

Under the plan, standalone legislation will recognise the landscapes of the Great Ocean Road as one integrated and living entity, with an overarching strategic framework plan for the length of the road, enshrined in law.

Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce president John Gorman said the bipartisan support for a streamlined agency to manage the Great Ocean Road was “a step in the right direction”.

“I think the development of the region has been held back by the multiplicity of the government agencies and authorities that have been involved,” he said.

Mr Gorman said he hoped the agency would give the government a “better focus” on the region.

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