Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority

Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority

On 1 December 2020 GORCC will transition to the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority (GORCAPA).

GORCAPA will initially be an amalgamation of GORCC and the Otway Coast Committee (OCC). Our staff are already working closely with OCC to ensure the transition is a smooth one and they are well prepared for the official merge on 1 December.

The transfer of other coastal public land parcels to GORCAPA will happen progressively over several years, with the authority committed to working with existing land managers and volunteer groups to ensure valued local community facilities continue to be maintained ongoing.

Caravan Parks

All caravan parks on Crown land within GORCAPA’s footprint are currently managed by GORCC and OCC, with the exception of Skenes Creek, Kennett River, Marengo and Cumberland River caravan parks which are managed under lease from the Committees of Management by private leaseholders.

Following a thorough review in 2019, OCC decided to resume direct management of the Skenes Creek, Kennett River and Marengo caravan parks at the expiry of the current leases in November 2020.

There will be no changes for existing site holders or holidaymakers at these parks, and staff are working to ensure the parks are ready for guests. The positions for the caretakers have been advertised and is an open process and will be finalised for the summer season. OCC is working closely with the existing lease holders through these changes.

In May 2018 OCC wrote to the lessees of the caravan parks at Kennett River, Skenes Creek and Marengo advising they were reviewing the future operation of the parks once the leases expire in November 2020.  The existing leaseholders have had a year to plan for the transition.

The leaseholder of the Cumberland River Caravan Park has in excess of 15 years on its current lease.

New park websites that include booking functionality will be up and running for all parks by 1 December 2020.

Further information

For more information on GORCAPA and the Great Ocean Road reforms visit: https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy/great-ocean-road-action-plan

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