10 October 2017

Tourism infrastructure fund needed to support the Great Ocean Road

With the Turnbull government announcing another $25m for the Great Ocean Road – $50m in total since 2013 – the Great Ocean Road summits were an important opportunity to provide feedback into the next $50m upgrade program.

One of the biggest issues raised at these summits was the lack of proper toilet facilities along the Great Ocean Road.

At places like the Great Ocean Road arch at Eastern View and at Castle Cove south east of Lavers Hill, there are no toilet facilities at all.  There is no adequate public toilet block at Kennett River and public facilities at places like Wye River and Apollo Bay are very poorly maintained.  

The issue is not just the cost of building these facilities but maintenance which can be in excess of $200,000 a year.

The state government has turned a blind eye to the need for better toilet facilities and this is not good enough.

From a Commonwealth perspective, I believe we need a tourism infrastructure fund to support the construction of toilet facilities and other basic infrastructure such as picnic tables and walking tracks. 

The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s great tourism experiences and it is embarrassing and untenable that visitors are going to the toilet in the bushes.

The Turnbull government recently provide Colac Otway Shire with $75,000 for a $150,000 Tourism Parking and Traffic Strategy along the Great Ocean Road.  This will help plan a five year capital works plan for our region which must include better toilet facilities.

The Great Ocean Road attracts 5.5million visitors each year and it’s critical we continue to drive the investment, planning and long term vision for this magnificent and iconic road.

10 October 2017