Otway Coast Committee

Committed to Sustainable Management

9th May 2013 - OCC Coastal Management Plan gains Ministerial Approval, Free Camping on the Apollo Bay Foreshore

OCC Coastal Management Plan gains Ministerial Approval

Through late 2011 and much of 2012 the Otway Coast Committee (OCC) engaged with community stakeholders and the community at large to gather input for the development of our Coastal Management Plan (CMP).

It is a statutory requirement that appointed Crown land managers develop such plans and that they be approved by the State Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

The completed CMP has recently received approval from Minister Ryan Smith and that approval was gazetted on 2nd May 2013.

The CMP is now the primary strategic planning document for the OCC.

Working closely with Robyn Crocker and Associates, the consultants engaged to develop the plan, and with DSE, the OCC has developed a CMP that identifies the issues and opportunities for the future management of the some 1,420 hectares of Crown lands for which it is responsible.

Importantly the CMP incorporates a 5 year Business Plan.  The plan details the audited financial history of the OCC using it as basis to identify the limitations and opportunities for accomplishing the actions and works identified in the plan.

The CMP is now available.

Free Camping on the Apollo Bay Foreshore

The OCC have been working with Colac Otway Shire (COS) on addressing the ongoing concerns with Free Camping.

Planning is under way with our neighbouring land managers, Shires and Geelong Otway Tourism to develop a regional response to the issue.

Colac Otway Shire is currently reviewing a number of its Local Laws and is seeking comment from the public on the draft Local Laws until 17th May 2013.  General Local Law (Local Law No. 2) is the Local Law that deals with inappropriate camping.  The community is encouraged to provide its comments on this matter and any other in the Local Laws under review.