World-leading environmental protection and coastal experiences for all
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is responsible for the management of 37 kilometres of the iconic coastal reserves on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road from the rolling waves of Point Impossible east of Torquay to the dramatic Otways at Cumberland River, southwest of Lorne.
The Great Ocean Road Coast is a Committee of Management formed by the Victorian Government in 2004. The Committee is made up of 12 of volunteer committee members appointed under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 for a term of three years. Committee members are selected through a public, skills-based Expression of Interest process and appointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation that manages 37km of public land and coastline from Torquay to Lorne.
Our role includes:
- Building and maintaining a wide range of facilities, assets and infrastructure – from artwork to amenity blocks
- Operating caravan parks in Torquay and Lorne, and managing the leases for two other privately operated parks. (Anglesea soon to be managed by the Great Ocean Road Coast)
- Issuing leases, licences and permits for various commercial and one-off activities and events on the coast
- Undertaking weed eradication and other programs to protect the sensitive coastal environment
- Contributing to the areas overall amenity in any number of ways, including removing rubbish from beaches and coastal reserves
- Designing and delivering a diverse range of special projects
World-leading environmental protection and coastal experiences for all.
In partnership with our community, recreation, tourism and local economy, we enhance and effectively manage the Great Ocean Road coastal environment.
We do this by reinvesting the income generated through our caravan parks, leases, permits and licences back into conservation, facilities, assets and infrastructure and education and engagement programs.
1. Protecting and enhancing our natural environment and cultural heritage is of the highest priority.
2. Our coastal reserves have strong health, wellbeing, community, economic, and heritage benefits which support recreational and community enjoyment
3. We provide the opportunity to enjoy our world leading coastal experiences that are affordable, inclusive and welcoming.
4. We foster partnerships and volunteerism by improving access and understanding, education and engagement.
5. Our activities and partnerships are built on mutual trust, open communication, collaboration and transparency.
6. We use information and data and make evidence based decision making.
7. We engage and consult with our communities and stakeholders to inform our planning.
8. We think long term, use strategic business planning tools and innovation to make the best use of our financial, human and physical resources.
9. Good governance is core to everything we do and who we are.
Much of our work is undertaken in partnership with the State Government, Surf Coast Shire Council, Parks Victoria and other agencies, volunteers and the local community. We undertake a range of communication activities focused on building and maintaining effective partnerships, and on educating and engaging people in caring for the coast.
The Great Ocean Road Coast is required to reinvest all revenue it raises back into the management of its Crown land reserves, and to share this revenue appropriately across all reserves. The majority of the direct revenue is expended on looking after the coast and operating and maintaining the caravan parks, while income from grants and donations is applied to specific projects and environmental work.