Media releases from the coast
There’s always a lot happening on our 37 kilometres of coastline.
Discover current projects, updates and more in the media releases below.
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Current media releases
1 September 2020: Media Release – Please keep out of our fragile dunes
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) is asking the public to take special care of our precious coastal dunes by steering clear of them.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) is calling for visitors to Point Impossible to respect the cultural heritage assets and flora and fauna living in the dune system at the site.
Following the Surf Coast Shire’s unanimous decision on Tuesday 23 June to issue a notice of decision to grant a permit for the Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment, the project is now ready to re-launch.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s (GORCC) Environmental Education team now has an online presence. The team has launched new social channels and online resources to keep in touch with, and continue to inspire, schools and the wider community about our precious Great Ocean Road environment.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s CEO Vanessa Schernickau has accepted a new role as Regional Director South Western – Regional Surface Transport with the Department of Transport.
12 March 2020: Coastal Grant Program round now open
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s 2020 Coastal Grants Program is now open. Each year, GORCC dedicates funds for community-led projects that enhance the natural values of the 37km of coastal Crown land under its management between Point Impossible and Cumberland River.
Jan Juc Coast Action volunteer group has completed its latest project after being a recipient of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s Coastal Grants Program.
14 February 2020: Community invited to coastal forum
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is putting the call out to local communities to attend a coastal forum in Lorne. The forum will provide attendees with an opportunity to gain an insight into the challenges related to coastal adaptation and growth and how these issues are being considered and addressed in Victoria.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has released their draft Coastal and Marine Management Plan 2020-25 for community and stakeholder input. The plan establishes an integrated and coordinated approach to protecting and managing coastal Crown land and the adjacent marine environment between Point Impossible and Cumberland River over the next five years.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has released the Point Impossible to Jan Juc Draft Master Plan for community and stakeholder input. The draft master plan identifies works to improve the foreshore reserves, considering accessibility, use, and enjoyment, and will guide management of the area over the next 10-15 years.
6 January 2020: Exclusion zones introduced to protect plover chicks
Temporary dog exclusion zones will be introduced at Fairhaven and Whites Beach after two hooded plover chicks hatched over the weekend.
6 January 2020: Accessible Beaches Initiative returns to Lorne
Following a successful trial in 2019, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, in partnership with Lorne Surf Life Saving Club and Life Saving Victoria, will again roll out their Accessible Beaches Initiative at Lorne in 2020.
Past media releases
16 December 2019 Patrols on wheels reaching further afield
Surf Coast Shire Council and Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Rangers are taking their all-terrain vehicle further afield this summer to help maintain safe and friendly beaches.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is calling for beach users to exercise caution after a recent cliff collapse near Demons Bluff in Anglesea.
25 October 2019 Anglesea beach access ramp works commence
Works by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee to construct a beach access ramp at Anglesea Family Caravan Park will begin Monday 28 October.
17 October 2019 Biodiversity Month blitzes past last year
Each September, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee celebrates the arrival of spring and the explosion of life that comes with it. Biodiversity Month runs throughout September and citizen scientists are encouraged to upload their observations of biodiversity to the online database, iNaturalist.
22 August 2019 Final master plan for Anglesea Family Caravan Park released
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has released its final master plan for the Anglesea Family Caravan Park.
29 July 2019 Works due to commence on Swing Bridge precinct
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will commence works to upgrade the Swing Bridge precinct in Lorne next Monday 5 August.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has released the Lorne Foreshore Draft Master Plan for community input.
In a first for the Surf Coast, a helicopter has airlifted a new staircase into place at popular surf access point Steps and Boobs in Jan Juc.
Following a detailed design process, works have commenced on a replacement of the stairs at popular surf access point Steps and Boobs in Jan Juc.
7 May 2019 Coastal grants winners announced
Three community groups will share $15,000 in funding from the annual Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s Coastal Grants Program.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will be consulting on the Anglesea Family Caravan Park and Taylor Park Draft Master Plans up until 10 May 2019.
25 Feb 2019 Point Impossible Shorebird Protection Zone
Following a successful one-year trial of a dog on lead zone at Point Impossible, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has decided to make the zone permanent.
25 Feb 2019 Accessible Beaches initiative kicks off in Lorne
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee in partnership with Lorne Surf Life Saving Club and Life Saving Victoria is trialling an Accessible Beaches initiative at Lorne.
A temporary dog exclusion zone will be introduced at Moggs Creek following several incidents involving dogs disturbing hooded plover nest sites.
29 Jan 2019 Great Ocean Road Coastal Grants now open
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s (GORCC) 2019 Coastal Grants Program is now open. Applications close Friday 15 March.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) will be out on the foreshore for a summer of input into Victoria’s much-loved coastline.
18 October 2018 MR Guided Surf Coast Walk showcases a cultural tour through time
On 12-14 October 2018, Corrina Eccles of the Wadawurrung women lead an innovative, guided tour of over 40km of the Surf Coast Walk from Torquay to Aireys Inlet.
Robust construction materials, recognition of the site’s heritage, enhancement of open space and sensitivity to the surrounding environment are among the key themes emerging from the Point Grey-Lorne Redevelopment community consultation period, which ran from July-August.
15 October 2018 MR Replacing stairs at popular Jan Juc surf breaks
Works will commence on a replacement of the stairs at popular surf access point, Steps and Boobs at Jan Juc. Works will be funded by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee capital works program and a $60,000 grant from Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Coastal Environments Grant Program.
On Wednesday 5 September, around 160 students from five local schools gathered in Torquay to learn, work-shop ideas and celebrate coastal conservation at the annual Coast Guardians Forum hosted by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee.
31 July 2018 MR New Surf Coast Walk experience package
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee and Traditional Owners the Wadawurrung are partnering for a unique coastal experience for campers at the Torquay Foreshore and Anglesea Family Caravan Parks.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is hosting a series of open houses and listening posts to gather input, discuss and test elements of the winning design for the Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment Architectural Design Competition.
20 June 2018 MR Coastal clean-up after wild weekend
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s foreshore rangers are busily assessing the impact of a wild weekend on the coast.
13 May 2018 MR Glamping Fiesta fun in Lorne
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee hosted 40 campers in its sold out, inaugural Glamping Fiesta in Lorne over the Queen’s Birthday weekend.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has great pleasure in announcing the winning design for the Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment Architectural Design Competition.
5 March 2018 MR – Reviewing the Coastal Management Plan
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is conducting a review of its Coastal Management Plan, ahead of the preparation of its new plan for the next five years.
27 February 2018 MR – Point Grey Design Competition Jury Report
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has great pleasure in announcing that four teams have been shortlisted from the Point Grey Architectural Design Expressions of Interest (EOI).
20 February 2018 MR – Coastal User Survey Media Release
Love the coast? Help to protect it by contributing to the 2018 Coastal User Survey, which is now open with all participants going into the draw to win a $1,000 Rip Curl voucher.
30 January 2018 | MR – Great Ocean Road Coastal Grants now open
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s 2018 Coastal Grants Program are now open. Each year, Great Ocean Road Coast dedicates funds for community-led projects that enhance the 37km of coastal Crown land under its management between Torquay and Lorne.
The Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast (FoHPSC) have successfully delivered four “dogs’ breakfasts” to help spread the word about Hooded Plover protections on the Surf Coast.
22 January 2018 | MR New CEO for the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee
Vanessa Schernickau has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, commencing 7 March. The appointment follows a highly competitive recruitment process attracting a great calibre of candidates. Vanessa brings a wealth of business, local government, human resources, community development and Crown land management experience.
18 December 2017 | Refurb for Roadknight Anchor
The Anglesea Motor Yacht Club has restored the famous Inverlochy anchor thanks to members of the club, local tradesmen, an experienced local conservator and a Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Coastal Grant for $2,869.
13 December 2017 | Save the Dates – Dogs breakfasts for Bird Protection
The Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast are holding four “dogs’ breakfasts” to help spread the word about Hooded Plover protections on the Surf Coast.
5 December 2017 | Point Grey EOI and design competition
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee invites multi-disciplinary teams to bring their creative ideas and inspiring design propositions to the Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment Expressions of Interest and Design Competition.
29 November 2017 | Shorebird Protection Zone Trial at Point Impossible
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, with support from Surf Coast Shire, will pilot an on-lead dog zone starting this summer at Point Impossible and is seeking feedback and input from the local community.
28 November 2017 | From carpark to conservation at Whites Gap
Last week Geelong Lutheran College Coast Guardians joined Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s Education team for a day of coastal education projects, highlighted by a celebration of six years rehabilitating Whites Gap in Torquay.
23 October 2017 | Local leadership the key to Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment
Last Friday, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee chaired the last of three meetings of the Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment, Project Steering Group.
25 September 2017 | Point Grey – Lorne, Redevelopment stop, spend and stay
Last Friday, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has chaired the second of three meetings of the Point Grey, Lorne – Redevelopment Project Steering Group, comprised of representatives from Committee for Lorne, Great Ocean Road Tourism, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Friends of Queens Park, Lorne Business and Tourism Association, Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club and Surf Coast Shire.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has been announced as a finalist in the Government category for this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards for their Coast Guardians program.
5 September 2017 | Coast Guardians celebrate conservation
Around 140 students from four local schools will get together in Torquay tomorrow to celebrate their commitment to coastal conservation at the annual Coast Guardians Forum hosted by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC).
15 August 2017 | Progressing Point Grey in Lorne
Last week saw the first meeting of the Point Grey, Lorne – redevelopment Project Steering Group.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is seeking feedback on an Options Paper for the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch Precinct, Eastern View.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee and the Surf Coast Shire Council have joined forces for a combined waste management contract, which will commence services in the Surf Coast area, including the coastal reserves and caravan parks between Torquay and Lorne.
The iconic lookout at Queens Park, Lorne is now open after a $17,000 stone stair upgrade to replace the aged timber steps connecting upper Teddy’s Lookout to the lower lookout was completed last week.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will commence work at Teddy’s Lookout on the stone stairs which connect the upper lookout to the lower lookout from Tuesday 13 June.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee have temporarily closed vehicle access at Tip Rd to the Point Impossible Beach car park.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is calling on the community to help put an end to the damage caused by illegal party sites in threatened Moonah woodlands along the coastal clifftops at Jan Juc.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has completed $40,000 of upgrades at Fairhaven Beach, following the completion of the second set of stair upgrades at the access point known as Mad Max’s.
16 March 2017 | Community feedback sought for Torquay Front Beach projects (Word version)
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has commenced consultation around proposed works to address and safe access erosion issues on the Torquay Front Beach.
1 March 2017 | Great Ocean Road Coast invests in community projects (Word version)
Five community and volunteer groups are set to benefit from the annual Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Coastal Grant program with $10,000 going to projects that protect, enhance and increase community connections to the coastal environment.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will host two further drop-in sessions at Lorne Foreshore on Thursday, 9 February 2017 2.00pm – 4.00pm and Saturday 18 February 2017 9.00am – 11.00am following successful session at Erskine Paddock.
Next Wednesday 25 January, Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will host a drop-in sessions at Erskine Paddock, Lorne, between Mantra and the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is calling for community members to have their say on local boat ramps to help guide the future management of these sites.
Vulnerable beach-nesting Hooded Plovers are struggling for survival this breeding season with hundreds of footprints spotted near the nesting and dune areas in Point Roadknight in Anglesea.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is determined to maintain current standards at the Anglesea Family Caravan Park and retain what visitors love most about it, as it prepares to assume management at the site.
Pedestrians and beach users are encouraged to take care near cliffs along the Surf Coast following heavy rain in winter and spring.
13 December 2016 | Works underway to repair erosion damage at Anglesea access ramp (DELWP media release)
Work has started on a project to repair the Anglesea Caravan Park beach access ramp and surrounding land, which has been undermined from severe coastal erosion
8 December 2016 | Splitting the difference for great views at Aireys (Word version)
Your next Great Ocean Road selfie is within arm’s reach at Airey’s Inlet with the completion of the Split Point lookout upgrades.
Great Ocean Road Coast, CFA and Surf Coast Shire Council have issued a warning to illegal campers after an illegal campsite at the Quarry Reserve, between Five Mile Track and Erskine Avenue, Lorne sparked safety concerns after a campfire was left smouldering last week.
Strong winds last Sunday night have seen a Moonah tree at Point Roadknight, Anglesea, fall into a fenced off area in front of an eroding cliff.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee, CFA, Victoria Police, and Surf Coast Shire have joined forces to remind people of the dangers of fires in dunes and remnant vegetation along the Surf Coast.
10 October 2016 | Darian Road carpark now open following weather delays (Word version)
The Darian Road, Torquay carpark has been completed and is now open for public use following project delays from poor weather.
29 September 2016 | Moggs Creek boardwalk improves angler access (DELWP media release)
A new boardwalk has improved access to the beach for recreational fishers at Moggs Creek, between Fairhaven and Eastern View on the Great Ocean Road.
12 September 2016 | Have your say on new tracks and signs at Queens Park (Word version)
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) has been working closely with the Friends of Queens Park to upgrade tracks and signage in the park. Feedback is now being sought on the proposed track routes, names and the new visual style and logos for the park.
Students from four local schools will celebrate their commitment to coastal conservation on the Surf Coast at the annual Coast Guardians Forum hosted by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC).
A new viewing platform will be constructed to sensitively complement previous upgrades in the area, including the new all-abilities accessible lookout next to the Split Point Lighthouse.
10 August 2016 | New camp kitchen and amenity block for Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park (Word version)
Works will commence this week to renovate the Lorne Foreshore Caravan Park camp kitchen and amenities block.
8 August 2016 | Surf Coast Walk re-routed at Anglesea due to safety concerns (Word version)
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) has re-routed 400 meters of the existing Surf Coast Walk at Demon’s Bluff, Anglesea, following safety concerns.
26 July 2016 | Great Ocean Road Coast Committee 2016-17 budget announced (Word version)
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) 2016-17 budget has been announced with both coastal reserves and caravan parks receiving significant investment over the next financial year.
Where: Anglesea Community House, 5 McMillan St, Anglesea VIC
When: Session 1 between 12.00-2.00, Friday 10 June. Session 2 between 4.30-6.30, Wednesday 15 June. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will take on the operation of the Anglesea Beachfront Caravan Park at the end of the current lease, 1 December 2017, after a select tender process did not find an acceptable proposal for the value of the site.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s (GORCC) Coastal Reserves Manager Rod Goring is retiring at the end of the month after 22 years of coastal management.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is undertaking a master planning project with the community for the Point Roadknight precinct in Anglesea.
27 April 2016 | $330,000 open space upgrade to commence at Darian Rd (Word version)
Geelong-based business Harcom Pt Ltd has been awarded the contract for the Darian Road car park redevelopment in Torquay.
This week is the final chance to enter the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s (GORCC) ‘Save the Hoodie’ campaign, a local initiative to encourage beachgoers to support the survival of the threatened beach-nesting shorebird.
A group of year 9 St Joseph College students experienced the coast in all its glory last Friday as part of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s (GORCC) Environmental Education program
22 February 2016 | Last chance for feedback on Torquay sea wall and pathway works (Word version)
The Great Ocean Road Coast Commitee (GORCC) is seeking feedback on the proposed Torquay Front Beach sea wall and path works in a final round consulation.
A final plan for the redevelopment of the foreshore car park at the end of Darian Road, Torquay has been released by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) with works expected to start in mid-2016.
6 threatened, Hooded Plover (aka ‘hoodie’) chicks have hatched on the Surf Coast and everyone is urged to look for signs, keep dogs away and give them space.
GORCC has released and is seeking feedback on a paper identifying issues and opportunities for the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch Precinct at Eastern View.
Monthly ‘hoodies for hoodies’ and surf package up for grabs: Local businesses Go Ride a Wave (GRAW) and Ghanda Clothing Torquay have thrown support behind this year’s #SaveTheHoodie campaign in an effort to encourage beachgoers to support the survival of a threatened local species.
$10,000 in funds is now available for groups looking to protect and enhance the coastal environment as part of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s (GORCC’s) annual Coastal Grants Program.
The new Rocky Point Lookout has been officially opened in Jan Juc, marking the completion of a $200,000 project funded by the RACV in conjunction with the Torquay Golf Club.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has approved a short term trial of a ‘pop-up’ food and beverage outlet on the upper deck of the Fishermans Beach Precinct in Torquay.
24 July 2015 | EOI process announced for Anglesea Family Caravan Park (Word version)
GORCC is inviting Expressions of Interest for the operation of the Anglesea Family Caravan Park.
The GORCC 2015/2016 budget has been announced with both coastal reserves and caravan parks to see significant investment over the next financial year.
Teddys Lookout in Queens Park, Lorne has been rebuilt and is once again open for use after it was damaged by fire last month.
15 year old Torquay local Harry Breer has won $1000 of prizes in the GORCC ‘Save the Hoodies’ photo competition.
Planning begins for rebuild of iconic Lorne facility.
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee and Surf Coast Shire are partnering to boost fox control programs in an effort to protect native coastal wildlife.
2 February 2015 | Last chance for input on coastal projects (Word version)
Three Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) draft coastal plans are currently on display with the consultation period on each draft plan set to close on 22 February 2015.
8 January 2015 | Save the Hoodie campaign launched across Surf Coast (Word version)
A campaign to ensure the survival one of Victoria’s most vulnerable birds has been launched with $1000 in prizes on offer to those who help to spread the Save the Hoodie word.