As regional tourism booms, councils peripheral to cities are seeing the value in fast-tracking developments.
Integral to The Great Ocean Road tourism trail, the township of Lorne knows only too well how difficult it is to accommodate throngs of tourists on old infrastructure.
Lorne Point Grey redevelopment to begin construction
Construction of a long-awaited $10 million redevelopment at an iconic Lorne site is set to start in the first half of 2021, following a decade of planning and consultation.
Project developer the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is currently finalising the design, tender documentation and leasing agreements for the project.
The 1.7 hectare development at Ocean Road South and Mountjoy Parade, will replace existing buildings with a 160-seat restaurant, Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club, carparks, boardwalks and lookouts.
GORCC acting chief executive Daniel Aitken said it is progressing the design and tender process to provide a shortlist of contractors for the new authority, the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority.
“At this stage, the design is unlikely to be finalised by the inception date for GORCAPA on December 1, but GORCC does not expect this to impact project timelines,” Mr Aitken said.
GORCC said it would be one of the largest new public projects on the Surf Coast and along the Great Ocean Road.
“This is a big achievement for the Lorne community, the Surf Coast, and indeed local and international visitors, and builds on 10 years of planning and consultation,” it said.
“The redevelopment will provide strong links to the Lorne township and hinterland and reflect the vibrant cultural heritage and history of the area.
“It will provide new recreational and dining experiences, and ultimately, encourage overnight stays in Lorne.”
Surf Coast Shire councillors unanimously voted to grant planning approval for the project in June.
The Federal Government has committed $8 million to the project through the Geelong City Deal, while the committee has contributed $2 million.
The redevelopment project is set to create 30 construction and 14 hospitality jobs and be a significant multiplier for service and supply jobs.
14th November 2020