The exciting new Great Ocean Road Coastal Trail is one step closer, with community consultation set to begin on a masterplan to finalise the trail’s route.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced consultation on the plan for the trail that will cover about 90 kilometres of Great Ocean Road landscape from Fairhaven to Skenes Creek.
The Victorian Government has provided $23.8 million to plan and deliver the trail, with the Federal Government contributing $350,000 for planning through the Geelong City Deal.
It’s anticipated the extended Great Ocean Road Coastal Trail will attract an extra 50,000 people to the region in its first five years and an extra $47 million in visitor expenditure.
The trail will connect the Surf Coast and Great Ocean walks and is expected to include several suspension bridges providing new views and experiences – boosting eco-tourism and supporting the economies of local communities.
The masterplan will also finalise the location of infrastructure including camping sites, lookouts, boardwalks, bridges, river crossings, carparks, and day visitor areas. Construction of the trail is expected to begin in 2023.
The proposed trail runs through Easter Maar Country. Traditional Owners, the Eastern Maar Peoples, will be consulted to ensure the plan respects and promotes the rich cultural heritage of the area.
The consultation builds on engagement on a feasibility study completed in 2019. For more information visit forestsandreserves.vic.gov.au/initiatives/great-ocean-road-coastal-trail.
Source: Vic Government