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Parks Victoria hosting community consultation event on three Shipwreck Coast projects

Friday 11 May, 2018

The sessions will enable community feedback on the design concepts of Port Campbell Creek Pedestrian Bridge, The Blowhole Lookout and The Saddle Lookout

Parks Victoria invites local residents, businesses and community groups to attend an information session on three projects on the Shipwreck Coast at either:

  • 6pm Thursday 17th May - Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club - 1 Cairns St, Port Campbell
  • 2pm Saturday 19th May - Port Campbell Arts Space - 50 Lord St, Port Campbell

The sessions will enable the Parks Victoria team to provide updates and seek feedback on the design development that has been occurring over the last few months on:

  1. The Blowhole Lookout, Loch Ard Precinct, Port Campbell National Park
  2. The Saddle Lookout, Twelve Apostles, Port Campbell National Park
  3. Port Campbell Creek Pedestrian Bridge, Port Campbell

The new world-class lookouts at the Saddle and the Blowhole will showcase the breath-taking views along the Great Ocean Road. The new pedestrian bridge will connect Port Campbell to the Discovery Trail and the Port Campbell National Park, giving visitors improved access and better connectivity to walking trails west of Port Campbell. Visitors will be afforded this new and unique experience to engage with our pristine environment and learn about the rich cultural heritage and history in Victoria’s south-west.

The delivery of these projects has been funded by the Victorian Government as part of Stage One of The Shipwreck Coast Master Plan implementation which aims to protect, enhance and celebrate one of Victoria’s most visited nature-based tourist experiences. The 2018/2019 state budget includes investment for Stage Two of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan as well as the Geelong Convention Centre. The intention of the project is to enhance the liveability of local communities and activate visitor opportunities while ensuring the environmental and cultural values of this sensitive landscape are protected into the future.

Simon Talbot, Chief Operating Officer, Parks Victoria, said the projects will enhance the visitor experience and contribute towards ensuring Victoria’s parks are healthy and resilient, conserving them for current and future generations.

Shipwreck Coast is a distinct, cultural and remarkable world-class destination. Parks Victoria is committed to delivering works on the ground across Victoria’s park network to protect and enhance park values. We manage parks in the context of their surrounding landscape and in partnership with Traditional Owners.

“In conjunction with stakeholder and community engagement, Parks Victoria has undertaken various assessments on the Shipwreck Coast site including landscape site appraisal and analysis, feature surveys, track locations and preliminary geotechnical investigations, environmental and cultural heritage assessments. These assessments have influenced the design and specific locations of the sites,” said Mr Talbot.

Denton Corker Marshall - the architecture and urban design consultants appointed for the project - along with key design partners McGregor Coxall and Arup, have been influenced by the Traditional Owners, the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation (EMAC), ensuring the designs complement the cultural and environmental values of the natural landscape.

Neil Bourne, Director, Denton Corker Marshall said “We believe our designs respond to the unique character and physical attributes of each site.  The new facilities will enhance the visitor journey with diverse experiences that are both dramatic and contemplative.”

Jamie Lowe, Chief Executive Office, Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation said the Traditional Owner history dates back around 80,000 years. EMAC is partnering with Parks Victoria on the project and working closely with Denton Corker Marshall on the concept development with an EMAC artist also engaged in the design process.

“The Eastern Maar People are excited by this opportunity to assist with the design and implementation of this development at such an iconic landscape, which has been significant to our people for tens of thousands of years,” said Mr Lowe.

The Shipwreck Coast encompasses 28km of spectacular coastline in Victoria’s south-west with more than five million visitors to the area each year. The Twelve Apostles attract up to 11,000 visitors a day, with more than 2.1 million visits expected in 2018.

The Shipwreck Coast Master Plan highlights the importance of the region for Victoria’s $21 billion visitor economy. It was informed by extensive community consultation, which included more than 50 meetings, briefings, workshops and presentations, and the project’s engagement website Your Plan received more than 30,500 hits.

The upcoming community consultation sessions will include presentations from Parks Victoria and Denton Corker Marshall and an interactive workshop with the opportunity for questions and feedback. A feedback survey on the three Shipwreck Coast projects will be made available for the community to complete on Engage Victoria.

“We have chosen internationally acclaimed architects, landscape architects and engineers to deliver an amazing concept for an amazing landscape,” said Mr Talbot.

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