Council wants new authority based at Apollo Bay

Colac Otway Shire mayor Jason Schram says having the Great Ocean Road Authority office at Apollo Bay will increase jobs for the region.

Colac Otway Shire Mayor Jason Schram says the council is advocating for Apollo Bay to be home to the Great Ocean Road Authority office.

Cr Schram said the council had included the establishment of the head office for the Great Ocean Road Authority at Apollo Bay in its priority project list and would be advocating to the state and federal governments.

“The new Great Ocean Road Authority will provide a single point of management for the coastal area along the length of the Great Ocean Road,” Cr Schram said.

“Colac Otway had strongly advocated for the creation a single authority to manage the road and address the issues with having so many different agencies responsible for the road and coast.

“The new authority, announced by the State Government as part of the Great Ocean Road Action Plan, will be the single body to make consistent decisions around development and regulations to protect the coast.

“Council believes Apollo Bay, as a central point along the Great Ocean Road, would be an ideal location for the authority’s head office.

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