20 March 2017

Speech in parliament: Apollo Bay Tourism, Great Ocean Road Summit and GP crisis

Today I spoke in Parliament about exciting tourism possibilities in Apollo Bay, the Great Ocean Road Summit and the Apollo Bay GP crisis.

See my speech below.

It was my great pleasure last Friday and Saturday to be in Apollo Bay, where I visited a wonderful ecotourism proposal. I met with Lizzie Corke of the Conservation Ecology Centre, and heard all about her strong work to drive more tourism into our region, including the Great Ocean Road. We held our Great Ocean Road Summit, which was a wonderful community meeting, talking about the ways in which the community wants to see $50 million of upgrade money spent in their region. Issues like road safety, issues like bus and car parking and issues like international driver safety are all so important.

The next morning, I was at the Skenes Creek Advancement Association meeting, where I spoke about their wonderful proposal to connect Wild Dog Creek to Skenes Creek with a fantastic boardwalk and pathway right through to Apollo Bay, and the other needs of the Skenes Creek community, including upgrading the Great Ocean Road at Skenes Creek.

I also, very importantly, met with local people in relation to the issues with the lack of availability of GPs in Apollo Bay. There is a current crisis, I would have to say, in relation to the lack of GPs working in overnight urgent care. I am absolutely determined to be working with the local community to make sure that this issue is fixed. It is simply not tolerable the way it is.