PROJECT PRECINCT AND BACKGROUND
The Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve (the Reserve) is located just outside of central Apollo Bay, beside the football oval and alongside the Barham River.
The Reserve is home to the Apollo Bay Football Netball Club, Apollo Bay Cricket Club, Apollo Bay Tennis Club, the annual Apollo Bay & Otway District Agricultural Show and the Pony Club area on the other side of the Great Ocean Road. There are a variety of camping options and a small number of basic ensuite cabins. To visit our Apollo Bay Recreation Reserve website, click here.
The Reserve is currently considered to be underutilised by the general Apollo Bay community and visitors to the area.
In a significant step towards ensuring camping is a viable accommodation option for more visitors to Apollo Bay, the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority (the Authority) will deliver the Camping Uplift for the Great Ocean Road Region – Apollo Bay project in 2022.
The project will provide accessible high-end camping accommodation at the Reserve with the installation of upmarket accommodation pods alongside more powered and unpowered camp sites, a Changing Places facility, and new amenities such as bathrooms, changerooms and an all abilities playground.
The project is funded as part of the Tourism Infrastructure Program – Flagship projects for the region that was announced in the Victorian Government’s $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package. These works are also supported by the Great Ocean Road Visitor Experience Uplift grant from the Victorian Government and the new Changing Places facility is receiving $110,000 funding from the Victorian Government’s Changing Places program.
The project will be completed in two phases. Phase One includes a camping uplift design process for the Reserve. Phase Two will include the development of a site masterplan for the Reserve. The masterplan will create a 10-year vision for the Reserve, taking the newly designed camping upgrades into consideration. Further detail on the project phases is available below.
The project offers numerous benefits for the Apollo Bay region, the broader community and holiday makers to the Great Ocean Road and will make travelling to the iconic Great Ocean Road easier for people with disability.
|January 2022||• Phase One of the project commences |
• Engagement with Community Reference Group and twelve-month permit holders at the
|March – April 2022||• First iteration of Phase One concept plan released |
• Engagement with Gambier Street residents / property owners and Stakeholder
Reference Group (previously the Community Reference Group).
|May – June 2022||• Phase Two masterplan process commences, including revised version of concept plan |
• Engagement with all community, including local sporting groups and the Stakeholder
|July 2022||• Expected release of Masterplan Issues and Opportunities report|
|August – November||• Masterplan undergoes development|
|November – December||• Phase One upgrades to campground amenities and other works are expected to be |
completed ahead of busy summer season.
|December||• Draft masterplan released |
• Engagement with all community, including local sporting groups and Stakeholder
|February 2023||• Masterplan endorsed by the Authority’s board.|
WHAT ENGAGEMENT HAS BEEN DONE TO DATE
A project Community Reference Group was established to guide the development of Phase One of the project. This group included local community representatives, recreation reserve user groups and disability consultants.
In April 2022 this group transitioned into the Stakeholder Reference Group. The Stakeholder Reference Group has an advisory role to assist with guiding the project, informing the development of the camping uplift designs, and participating in the masterplan process.
Membership of the Stakeholder Reference Group includes local representation from the Reserve’s sporting groups, twelve-month permit holders of the Reserve’s caravan park, the Colac Otway Shire Council, Great Ocean Road Health, the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce, Southern Otway Landcare network, an appointed representative from Gambier Street and disability consultants to ensure improvements and upgrades are appropriately considered.
To view the project Engagement Roadmap, click here.
FEEDBACK AND FAQ
If you have further comments or questions about the project, we invite you to review the FAQ document, concept plan and contact our Project Team at: ApolloBayRecReserveProject@GreatOceanRoadAuthority.vic.gov.au
To view the project FAQ document, click here.