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Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment

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  • A community supported master plan that provides a project delivering 30 construction and 14 hospitality jobs with a significant multiplier for service and supply jobs
  • Completed business case
  • $2m committed by the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee
  • Project priority of G21, Surf Coast Shire and Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism
  • The redevelopment will be ready to commence construction in 2019, subject to further funding.

Consultation summary 

The results highlight some key themes:

Theme 1: Heritage

Respondents saw further opportunities to respect the pre and post-Settlement heritage of the area, reflecting the buildings currently on site.  Retention of elements of existing buildings, and incorporating the original crane and a couta boat in the design were examples cited.   Key stakeholders in the Lorne community provided feedback that the heritage, culture and creativity component was at risk of not fulfilling expectations.

Response: A Creative Counsel was formed with invitations extended to the Presidents of Committee for Lorne, Lorne Historical Society, Friends of Lorne, Lorne Business and Tourism Association and the CEO Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation.  A Cultural, Heritage and Creative Plan is being developed and integrated into the detailed design as part of the commercial and public space.

Theme 2: Materials

Respondents were concerned about the durability of the timber in an exposed coastal environment. Many respondents also noted the design, as depicted in concepts, overwhelmed the natural feel of the area.

Response:  Our architects are working to find the most durable materials for this project. The buildings must meet bushfire rating requirements for the site and public space, including any covered accessible spaces.  There will be other adjustments to the design as per Theme 3 and Theme 4.

Theme 3: The hearth and the chimney area

When prompted the majority of respondents (57%) said they did not support this design element citing maintenance and up-keep as reasons.

Response:  The community hearth will be replaced with an alternative design to activate this area as a meeting space; recognising cultural and heritage significance.  This area will be developed as part of the Cultural, Heritage and Creative Plan and integrated into the detailed design as part of the commercial and public space.

Theme 4: Amphitheatre

The majority of respondents (57.4%) did not support the amphitheatre element of the design.  Reasons cited included: detracting from the Angling Club view and amenity, preferred locations on the foreshore, and potential lack of use as reasons.

Response: The design will be replaced with a covered deck rather than an amphitheatre.

Theme 5: Car parking

The need to retain or improve car parking arrangements

Response: Detailed design will ensure there is no net loss of car parking, while still offering more open space for community gathering.

Theme 6: Size of the Angling Club

There was support for an expanded footprint of the Angling Club.

Response: The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee will continue work with the club to proceed to planning approvals.

Theme 7: Open Space

There was support for the design’s open space (78% mentioning these exact words).

Response: An alternative design for the chimney and hearth area will complement open space and reduce what was perceived as an “overwhelming” aspect of the design.

Theme 8: Shelly Beach

There was support for protecting Shelly Beach as natural environment.

Response: Shelly Beach remains as it is. The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee has met with the Eastern Maar will undertake a voluntary Cultural Heritage Survey on the midden area next to Point Grey.

Great Ocean Road Coast has worked closely with the Lorne and Surf Coast community to redevelop the Point Grey – Lorne Precinct.  Working in consultation with the community and key stakeholders saw the completion of the Point Grey Precinct Master Plan in 2015 followed by a Business Case that identified appropriate funding models. A Project Steering Group comprising key external stakeholders was convened in August 2017 and will continue to provide input at each stage of the redevelopment program.  Members include:

  • Great Ocean Road Coastal Management (GORCC); Ken Northwood (Chairman); Vanessa Schernickau (CEO)
  • Surf Coast Shire; Cr. Clive Goldsworthy; Ransce Salan (General Manager Environment & Development)
  • Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club (LAAC); Keith Miller (Commodore)
  • Committee for Lorne; Ian Stewart (President)
  • Lorne Business Tourism and Traders Association; Chris Tutungi (Secretary)
  • Friends of Queens Park; John Wilson (President)
  • Office of the Victorian Government Architect; Bronwen Hamilton (Manager Victorian Design Review Panel)
  • Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism; Liz Price (General Manager)
  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Greg Leece (Regional Director Planning)

An Architectural Design Expression of Interest (EOI) commenced in September 2017 to progress the Master Plan concepts into detailed design.  This will include formal design documentation and consent processes that will enable progress to construction tendering, subject to successful advocacy for funding across all tiers of government. The EOI attracted 39 responses and 4 were shortlisted to submit, through a formal and confidential tender process, as entrants to the Architectural Design Competition. To ensure a rigorous and well-governed process, probity advisors were appointed for the competition and an expert jury panel convened to assess the entries.  The five-person jury that assessed the submissions included the award winning Victorian architects John Wardle and Kristin Green, Richard Davies Great Ocean Road Coast Committee former CEO, Bronwen Hamilton Office of the Victorian Government Architect and Jocelyn Chiew Monash University.

The winning design

The winning design was by Searle x Waldron Architecture and Edwards Moore Projects (see Media Release MR Point Grey Design Competition Winner). There will be ongoing community consultation with the Lorne community  around the detail of the site plan.


Searle x Waldron Architecture and Edwards Moore Projects describe their design as:

“A sculptural roof hovers over a gathering of small, program specific, structures. The internal amenity is defined by the undulating form of the roof which rises and falls to create pockets of intimacy within a larger shell. The interstitial spaces themselves create the interior agenda. A sense of enclosure and exposure varies throughout the internal spaces. Visitors remain connected to the elements visually or tangibly cognizant of the passage of time, season, tide.  The ground plane continues uninterrupted through the building.  A generous sheltered external courtyard at the building entry accommodates a large communal wood fired oven. Envisioned as a gathering space for families, community and visitors it is an offering of a warm hearth and smoking chimney as a beacon of welcome and inclusivity throughout the year.

Independent and self contained the Lorne Angling and Aquatic Club is located in a building designed to be both independent yet connected, adopting a common language of materiality.

The broader public realm of the precinct continues onto the amphitheatre steps, providing a unique vantage point over the main building and out to the horizon. This extension of the public space increases the diversity of opportunities for congregating. The social spaces and community rooms are designed to have maximum outlook and connectivity to the pier and ocean.”

For further detail check out these concept boards:

Concept Board 1

Concept Board 2

Concept Board 3

Concept Board 4

The Community Wood Fired Oven explained:

Community Consultation

Continued community consultation is an integral part of the Point Grey – Lorne redevelopment. We have gathered feedback from a number of groups and individuals who use the site.

Here is a display of what was on site and the Point Grey_Masterplan_Community Consultation  Issues and Concepts (updated 13 August 2018),

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee conducted a series of open houses and listening posts to gather input, discuss and test elements of the winning design.

Great Ocean Road Coast staff were available for anyone to drop-in for a chat to find out more. Open houses were held at the following times:

9am – 3pm, Saturday 14 July 2018 – Lorne Community House
9am – 12pm, Saturday 11 August 2018 – Lorne Community House

And a session in Melbourne:

4pm – 6pm, Wednesday 18 July 2018 – 8 Nicholson St, East Melbourne

The site plan below offers a sense of orientation for the site.

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This project will be further supported by the Great Ocean Road’s proposed development of the adjacent Queens Park caravan park.

Q: How are you retaining the historic importance of the site? 

A: In addition to the winning architectural design, we have formed a Creative Counsel of local community representatives to provide advice on future interpretive work at Point Grey and linking it back to Lorne Central.

Q: How are you respecting Aboriginal heritage? 

Aboriginal Heritage is paramount with ongoing conversations with the Eastern Maar, Aboriginal Victoria and others. There will also be cultural heritage surveys undertaken on site.  Community and cultural connection to this site remains a critical element of the project.

We are privileged to work on Country on the coast and pay our respects to Aboriginal Traditional Owners past and present.

Q: Is there still road access to Shelley Beach?

A: Yes, this will not change. Shelley Beach remains as it currently is.

Q: Current design plans don’t show a boat access south of the precinct, is it there?

A: This access is being retained.

Q: Boat trailer parking has only four spaces, is this enough? 

A: There will be 10-12 provided in the overflow area during summer

Q: The contemplative area seems to have grasses in the lawn area?

A: The lawn will remain as it currently is.

Project Information

The Point Grey Precinct is situated on public land managed by Great Ocean Road Coast on the southern side of the Lorne township bounded by the Great Ocean Road on one side and the ocean on the other.

The Precinct is connected to the centre of Lorne by a walking track along the foreshore and is the starting point for the annual Lorne Pier to Pub swimming event.

The area is reserved for Protection of the Coastline and Public Purposes (#1983 – 3705) under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 and is located within Public Park and Recreation Zone under the Surf Coast Planning Scheme.

The precinct currently comprises a mix of community, recreational and commercial activities, including the pier, restaurant, Aquatic Club, boat launching, recreational and competition fishing, barbeque and recreation area, car parking, public toilets and open space.

The precinct boasts a range of economic, environmental, social and cultural values and opportunities. An integral part of the Lorne community, it is highly valued and used by locals, holiday makers and day visitors. It also contains significant Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultural heritage values.

Many of the current buildings on the site are ageing and there is scope for increased protection of the natural environment and cultural sites.

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