Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority

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Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority: Delivering better protection and management of the iconic coast and parks of Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

Established on 1 December 2020, the Authority manages, protects, rehabilitates and fosters resilience of the natural, cultural and heritage values of coastal Crown land and marine waters along the Great Ocean Road.

Policies and governance

The Authority is a statutory authority governed by a Board of Directors that was established on 1 December 2020 and operates under the Great Ocean Road and Environs Protection Act 2020.

Responsible Minister: Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.

Our Board

The current Authority Board was appointed by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change in November 2020.

The Board includes a nominee of each recognised Traditional Owner group in the region, the Wadawurrung Corporation and the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation.

Board members have strong links to local community groups and organisations along the Great Ocean Road and include individuals with substantial experience in marine and coastal environmental conservation, public administration and governance, tourism, and planning.

Authority Board

  • Ms Libby Mears (Chair)
  • Mr Peter Dorling (Deputy Chair)
  • Associate Professor Dr Daniel Ierodiaconou
  • Mr David Pope
  • Mr Douglas Humann AM
  • Mr Jason Mifsud
  • Mr Wayne Kayler-Thomson
  • Ms Christine Wyatt
  • Ms Jenny McMahon
  • Ms Jodie Leonard
  • Ms Sarah Eccles
  • Ms Terry Bracks AM

Land we manage

Land management of coastal reserves is being progressively transferred to the Authority over several years. The Authority is currently the appointed committee of management for the following land:

Our Role

The Authority's primary purpose is to protect and manage visitation of the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks.

It manages, protects, rehabilitates and fosters resilience of the natural, cultural and heritage values of coastal Crown land and marine waters along the Great Ocean Road.

As a public land manager for the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks, the Authority manages a wide variety of public land from National Parks to coastal beaches to town foreshores. It has a broad range of functions for the management of public land.

It also leads visitation policy and planning for the scenic landscapes along the Great Ocean Road to manage visitation ‘hot spots’ and provide a great visitor experience.

The Authority has simplified previously complex and fragmented management arrangements and delivers a more coherent approach to addressing the challenges of increasing visitation and climate change by creating a single point of accountability.

Our Caravan Parks

The Authority manages several caravan parks along the Great Ocean Road:

Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Protection Principles

The Great Ocean Road and Environs Protection Act 2020 requires the Authority to have regard to the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Protection Principles.

Contact us

Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority

Phone: 1300 736 533
Email: info@greatoceanroadauthority.vic.gov.au
Mail: P.O. Box 53, Torquay VIC 3228