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Archived media releases 2010-2013

2013 Coastal Grants recipients announced 13/12/2013
Four local community groups receive funding for coastal and community projects

Students celebrate coastal conservation 28/10/2013
90 students are set to join some special guests at a coastal forum in Torquay this week to celebrate of a year of coastal conservation achievements.

Funds available for coast projects 13/09/13
Coastal grants are up for grabs with $10,000 in funds available for projects and initiatives that protect coastal environments and/or strengthen coastal communities.

Draft Point Grey Precinct Plan released 4/09/13
A draft plan outlining GORCC's draft concept for theg the Great future use and development Point Grey Precinct in Lorne has been released.

Grant for Lorne bridge restoration 16/8/13
$220,000 from the Victorian Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund will go towards the restoration of the iconic Lorne Swing Bridge.

New committee members for coast 25/7/2013
Five new members have been appointed to the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith.

Torquay Bowls Club construction to commence 14/6/2013
Major works to redevelop the Torquay Bowling Club (TBC) are set to commence with the contract awarded to Geelong-based company Lyons Construction this week and works expected to begin within two weeks.

Bridge foundation works to begin 13/05/2013
Remedial works will commence on the foundations of the Lorne Swing Bridge to ensure the iconic structure is preserved into the future.

Minister approves coast plan 10/4/2013
A five year management plan for 37km of coast along the Great Ocean Road has been approved by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith

Draft released for bowls redevelopment 5/3/2013
The redevelopment of the Torquay Bowling Club  is one step closer with a draft plan for the precinct released for community consultation.

Major coast rehab complete 13/3/2013
Federal Member for Corangamite Darren Cheeseman today announced the completion of is the largest single biodiversity conservation project ever conducted along the Great Ocean Road.

Swing Bridge closed for structural investigation 5/3/13
The Lorne Swing Bridge is temporarily closed as GORCC prepares to undertake further structural investigations following an initial engineering report.

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee now seeking voluntary members 21/1/13
Skilled, voluntary committee members are now sought as part of an expressions of interest process.

Point Grey ideas released for comment 16/1/13
Preliminary ideas for the Point Grey Precinct Plan have been released for public comment as the planning process moves into the second stage of consultation.

Erskine River precinct planning underway 16/1/13
Have your say on the future management of Lorne’s Erskine River Precinct.  A masterplanning process is underway for the Erskine River Precinct in Lorne and GORCC is seeking your input.

Surf Coast marine algal bloom breaking up 30/11/12
The marine algal bloom off the surf coast shore between Torquay and Lorne is breaking up and has moved well out to sea.

Marine algal bloom reported off shore on Surf Coast (28/11/12)
(Department of Sustainability and Environment Media Release):  Marine algal bloom has been reported off shore between Bells Beach and Lorne along the Surf Coast.

Coast connections at student forum 23/11/12: 
Students from four regional schools came together to celebrate a year of coastal conservation achievements at an environmental forum held in Torquay today.

Consultation begins on future of Pt Grey precinct 21/11/12
A planning process for the Point Grey Precinct in Lorne is now underway and GORCC is looking for community input as part of the first phase of consultation.

Precinct popular as summer approaches 8/11/2012
The newly redeveloped Fishermans Beach precinct is proving popular as Torquay heads toward peak season, and the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is calling for all patrons to share the area safely.

First steps taken on coast walk 4/11/2012
The Surf Coast Walk is officially open following a three year, $1.35 million redevelopment resulting in a 44km, world class walking track along the Great Ocean Road.

Facility under construction at Pt Impossible 22/10/2012: Point Impossible will soon boast a new public toilet, with construction on the facility about to begin.

Story of a walk 22/10/2012: The Surf Coast Walk is one step closer to launch as a suite of interpretive and informative signage is installed along its length, bringing the track to life.

Fishos fee system replaced (17/10/2012): Former ‘boat launching fees’ at Fishermans Beach car park are to be replaced by a new ‘trailer parking fee’ system, while normal car parking across the precinct will remain free.

Tallent on coast for launch (5/10/12): London silver medallist Jared Tallent will step out on the coast in November as part of
celebrations to mark the completion of the Surf Coast Walk redevelopment.

Hoodies sighted as protection battle continues (14/9/2012): Trials are underway on a nest protection initiative and volunteer monitors are being sought as Victoria's first Hooded Plover breeding pair of the season is spotted at Pt Roadknight.

Planned Taylor Park upgrades underway (11/9/12): Work to establish three picnic areas with views over the wetlands in Taylor Park is underway as part of the implementation of the Taylor Park Masterplan.

Community notice: Car park surface upgrades underway (3/9/2012): Works to seal the Cosy Corner car park and sections of the Fishermans Beach car park are underway in order to enhance the useability and amenity of the sites.

Safety key as walk nears completion (16/8/12): With the redevelopment of the Surf Coast Walk nearing completion, GORCC is calling for everyone to share the path safely.

GORCC Budget announced (26/7/12): GORCC has announced in excess of $6.5M in expenditure to be spent on caravan parks and the coast this financial year, with additional grant funding to be expended on special projects.

Climate change report released (9/7/12): A report forecasting the potential impacts of and guiding future responses to climate change on our coast has been released.

Pt Grey planning process to commence (28/6/12): A planning process to identify suitable development options for the Point Grey precinct in Lorne has commenced.

Coast guardian program launched (8/6/12): GORCC has officially launched a new program for regional schools focused on environmental education and stewardship.

Draft Coast Plan Released (28/5/2012):  GORCC has released its Draft Coastal Management Plan (CMP) for public comment.

O'Donohue access construction underway (8/5/12): Construction of new access stairs to the beach at the O'Donohue Road car park by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) is underway with the structure expected to be completed by June.

800K upgrade for caravan park (12/4/12): An $800,000 electrical infrastructure upgrade to the Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park will begin in May as part of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee's (GORCC's) ongoing Caravan Park Improvement Masterplan.

Minister opens $2.8m Fishermans Beach precinct 5/4/12: (From the Minister for Environment and Climate Change): Environment and Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith today officially opened the Fishermans Beach Redevelopment project which has delivered a new community, tourism and recreation facilities on the Torquay foreshore.

New facility for Pt Impossible 27/3/12: A new public toilet is proposed for Point Impossible, with the plans for the facility now open for public comment.

Funding boost for coast conservation 8/3/12: $629,000 in funding has been secured by GORCC for the conservation and rehabilitation of 13 significant sites covering 177 hectares between Point Impossible and Lorne over five years.

O'Donohue access rebuild to begin 29/2/12: The access stairs to the beach at the O'Donohue Road car park near Anglesea will be reinstated by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee  thanks to funding from the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

New manual for cultural heritage conservation 23/2/12: An Aboriginal Heritage Conservation Manual for Crown land reserves between Torquay and Lorne launched today will provide a foundation for the protection and conservation of cultural values on the coast.

Community notice: Works near Torquay Sundial 10/02/12: The Torquay Lions Club, with the assistance of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is currently redeveloping the area around the Sundial in Torquay.

Predators trapped in trial: (8/02/12) The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) in partnership with Jan Juc Coast Action is commencing a fox trapping program in Jan Juc.

Strong community interest as consultation continues 20/12/11
More than 100 community members have already had their say on how the coast will be managed into the future, as consultation continues for the development of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee's Draft Coastal Management Plan.

Surf beach kiosk officially opens (6/12/11)
The new Third Wave Kiosk at the Torquay Surf Beach was officially opened today, signifying the completion of $480K of works to improve the standards, service levels and accessibility of facilities at the world-renowned Torquay Surf Beach.

New rescue building marks Fishos milestone 5/12/11)
The new building for the Torquay Marine Rescue Service is complete and ready for use, marking a major milestone for the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee's $2.8M Fishermans Beach Redevelopment project.

Input sought for coast plan (1/11/11)
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is seeking input on how the coast is managed into the future.

Community notice: Fox trapping on coastal reserves (31/10/11):
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, in partnership with Jan Juc Coast Action Group, will be conducting fox trapping along coastal reserves in Jan Juc and between the Sands and Point Impossible.

Lorne in focus - An update on works and projects in Lorne: 26/10/2011
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee's 2011-2012 Budget allocates capital expenditure of almost $1.1M to new Lorne-based projects, while ongoing projects such as works on the redevelopment
of the pool precinct continued to progress.

Track work travelling well (29/9/11):
Work on the Surf Coast Walk redevelopment project continues to advance with 75 per cent of track work now complete.

Preferred operator announced for Fishos kiosk (22/9/11): The owners of Bomboras Cafe Bar and Pizzeria in Torquay have been selected by GORCC as the preferred operator for the new kiosk at Fishermans Beach subject to Ministerial approval.

Reference group sought for coast plan (22/8/11): The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is seeking Expressions of Interest from anyone passionate about the coast to be part of a Community Reference Group for the creation of a new Coastal Management Plan.

GORCC Budget to benefit coast (5/8/11): The coast will benefit from capital expenditure in excess of $4.8M in the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee's 2011-2012 Budget.

Protection of the Environment Award for GORCC (1/8/11): The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has been awarded the 2011 Clean Beaches Award for the Protection of the Environment in recognition of the organisation's efforts to protect endangered Hooded Plovers.

 Little green dune carers (21/6/11): Torquay College students are working with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) to protect fragile sand dunes at Whites Beach as part the Marine Discovery Centre's month long program to help stabilise and revegetate dunes across the region.

Lorne pool heating not proceeding (8/7/2011): The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has announced  that the heating of the Lorne Pool could not proceed following a full review of the options available.

Fairhaven Ramp to be demolished (20/6/11) : The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is demolishing a section of the Fairhaven Beach Access Ramp after it was damaged by recent high tides.

Beachgoers warned to take care (14/06/11): The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is warning that areas of coastal shoreline erosion have created unstable sand cliffs which can collapse.

Fishermans Beach construction launched (09/06/11): Mr Damian Drum, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development joined the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee today to launch the construction phase of the Fishermans Beach Redevelopment.

Fairhaven Ramp closed due to damage (06/06/11): The Fairhaven Beach Access Ramp has been damaged following localised shoreline erosion resulting from high tides and waves last week.

GORCC launches Environmental Education Program 19/05/11: Opportunities for schools and groups, to learn about and care for coastal environments are being offered for free through the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee's new Environmental Education and Activities Program.

Fishermans Beach contract signed (20/4/11): The contract for the redevelopment of Fishermans Beach has been signed paving the way for the construction of a versatile community and recreational precinct in Torquay.

Kiosk construction to begin (24/04/11): Completion of a new kiosk on Torquay's main surf beach is one step closer with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee awarding the construction tender to Torquay Homes Pty Ltd and work to commence in April.

Fishermans Beach funding secured (24/04/2011): Funding for the Fishermans Beach Redevelopment has been secured following the Surf Coast Shire's commitment of $200,000 to the project.

Community announcement: Repairs underway at Whites Beach 28/02/2011                                                                                       January's heavy rains have caused a washout of one of the access paths into Whites Beach and The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is working to repair the area.

Our coast is too lovely to litter (23/02/2011)
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is proudly supporting the Victoria's Coast Too Lovely to Litter campaign and is calling for everyone on the Surf Coast to do the right thing and put it in the bin.

Help sought for clean up (1/02/2011)
Surf Coast locals and visitors alike are being encouraged to make a difference to the local environment by registering as a volunteer for the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee's Clean Up
Australia Day sites.

GORCC support opens doors for unemployed (7/1/2011)
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee's support of a program for the long term unemployed has equipped individuals with valuable skills for the workplace and led to paid employment for
several participants.

New boat ramp complete (7/12/2010)
$1.7 million project delivers vital community facility

Community the priority as plans progress (6/12/2010)
Final plans for the Fishermans Beach Redevelopment will be completed by mid-December and focus on community facilities, better public access and improved traffic flow.

Trail experts commence on walk (2/12/2010)
Surf Coast Walk construction underway following appointment of trail design firm

Iconic cafe back in the swing (17/11/2010)
Lorne's Swing Bridge Cafe will soon be back in business following the announcement of a successful tender.

Bill of good health for iconic pines (15/11/10)
Torquay's iconic Norfolk Pines have been declared 'alive and recovering' by an arborist, who officially assessed the trees this week.

Fragile dunes in jeopardy (15/11/10)
A popular form of fitness training known as 'dune running' is destroying our fragile dunes and a local sports legend is asking runners to consider where they train.

Bird deaths a natural occurrence (10/11/10)
Recent bad weather has increased the number of shearwaters being washed up along Victoria's coastline. Rod Goring, Coastal Reserves Manager for the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC), explains while the sight of the birds can be concerning, the deaths are a natural occurrence.

Stage one park upgrade works unwrapped in time for summer (29/10/10)
Today's official opening of Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park's new Seaview cabin area and stage one power upgrade marks the completion of a major upgrade in the park's southern half in time for the busy summer season.

New toilet block open for business (22/10/10)
Torquay's brand new public toilet block on The Esplanade foreshore between Bell Street and Price Street will open for business from next Friday, 29 October 2010, just in time for the hordes expected over the four-day Melbourne Cup holiday weekend.

New Aireys look-out now open for viewing (01/10/10)
Aireys Inlet's new Eagle Rock viewing platform has been drawing in the crowds since opening in August, including Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment and Water Michael Crutchfield who paid a visit for a look-see today.

Opportunity comes knocking via new Fishos restaurant lease process (22/09/10)
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is about to embark on a new process to lease the proposed beachfront restaurant premises that are a key feature of the new community, tourism and recreation facility planned for Torquay's popular Fishermans Beach precinct.

Coastal Grants now open for coast's carers (20/08/10)
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee this week announced applications were now open for the second round of its 2010 Coastal Grants program.

Wave power to be trialled at Lorne Pier (12/08/10)
Lorne Pier is to be the focus of an innovative alternative energy trial over the next few months with permission granted for a small, temporary demonstration of wave power technology.

Work starts this week on new Aireys look-out (04/08/10)
One of Aireys Inlet's most popular look-outs is being given a much-needed facelift with work now underway to replace the Eagle Rock viewing platform near the Split Point Lighthouse

Introducing our coast's new best friends (27/07/10)
Native plant and animal life along the coast now have some new best friends looking after them with our new three-member Conservation Team on the job.

Old toilet block closes to make way for a new one (20/07/10)
Torquay's ageing public toilet block on The Esplanade foreshore between Bell Street and Price Street has been declared off-limits as the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee starts work on replacing it with a new one.

Power upgrade on track as vans move back in (14/07/10)
The power upgrade in the southern section of Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park continues to move full steam ahead with the first group of caravans and annexes belonging to 12-month permit holders recently reinstated onsite.

Contract to build Torquay's new boat ramp signed, sealed and delivered (02/07/10)
The new Torquay boat ramp moved another step closer to becoming a reality this week with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee announcing it had awarded the construction contract to Fitzgerald Constructions Australia.

New committee on board today (01/07/10)
A new chapter in the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee's six-year history is about to get underway with the new 12-member voluntary committee officially coming on board.

Lorne's foreshore precinct to feel the heat (01/07/10)
Lorne's popular foreshore precinct, including its public swimming pool, will soon provide year-round enjoyment for locals and visitors alike thanks to some State Government funding, a partnership approach and three years of persistence and hard work.

Introducing our new caravan park managers (20/05/10)
GORCC this week welcomed Geoff and Colleen Rohde as new managers of the Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park and announced the recent appointment of Sharon Sullivan and Stephen Mann as managers of the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park.

Lorne masterplan on hold (13/05/10)
The masterplan for Lorne's iconic Point Grey and Slaughterhouse sites has been put on hold due to funding uncertainties.

Power upgrade works now in progress at Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park (05/05/10)
The major power upgrade in the southern section of the Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park kicked off this week with work commencing on Monday 3 May 2010 as scheduled.

Jan Juc grassland to benefit from some burnin' love (22/04/10)
Things got a little bit hot in a small section of Jan Juc's rare native grassland community with a controlled ecological burn helping to stimulate the regeneration of local indigenous grass species.

Local contractor awarded caravan park power upgrade project (07/04/10)
GORCC has awarded the contract to deliver stage one of the Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park power upgrade works to Geelong firm Salt Electrical.

Changing of the guard at Coast Committee (06/04/10)
GORCC has announced the resignations of its Chair Peter Anderson and Chief Executive Officer David Clarke.

GORCC enters a brave new online world (01/04/10)
GORCC today made a significant leap forward in improving the way it communicates and engages with people about the coast, with the unveiling of its new-look website, the development of which was funded from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country program.

GORCC announces new tender process for Fishos (01/04/10)
GORCC today announced a new tender process to construct the Fishermans Beach Redevelopment in Torquay.

Massive boost to coastal conservation efforts (05/03/10)
GORCC and local Federal MP Darren Cheeseman have announced a massive boost to efforts to conserve the coast along the Great Ocean Road, thanks to funding support from the Australian Government.

Nominations for committee positions close soon (03/02/10)
Time is running out for people with a passion for the coast and its future to nominate for voluntary committee member positions with the new Great Ocean Road Coast Committee.

Phew! Coast sighs with relief this week while GORCC thanks its carers (03/02/10)
After one of the busiest summers in recent memory, the coast along the Great Ocean Road between Torquay and Lorne let out a sigh of relief this week that was almost palpable according to the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC).

Enjoy our busy coast but please handle with care (13/01/10)
With recent weeks seeing the coast along the Great Ocean Road busier than ever, GORCC is encouraging residents and visitors alike to do their bit to look after the coastal environment while enjoying all that it offers over summer.

GORCC seeking new blood for new committee (12/01/10)
People with a passion for the coast and its future should consider nominating as voluntary committee members with the new Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC), according to two current committee members.