Our Backyard – Apollo Bay

Our Backyard – Apollo Bay


Recent article in the Herald Sun about the Great Ocean Road :


Victoria’s Great Ocean Road to get $50 million facelift under Abbott Government

Mr Abbott said the five-year upgrade would be a much-needed boost for greater Geelong and south-west Victoria.

He pledged work would begin before Christmas if the Coalition won the September 7 election.

“I had the opportunity to travel the Great Ocean Road about 18 months ago when I participated in the Pier to Pub at Lorne. Especially in summer, it’s desperately busy and congested,” Mr Abbott told the Herald Sun.

“It’s one of the most scenic roads in our country, an iconic piece of local infrastructure, and it urgently needs upgrading in order to boost the local economy and improve safety for motorists.

“Athletes bounce into polls Transport Minister Terry Mulder has said the State Government will match the Federal funding.

Victorian Minister for Roads Terry Mulder confirmed the State Government would provide matching funding.

“We’re thrilled the federal Coalition also recognises the national significance of the Great Ocean Road.

“It is an amazing drawcard for tourists, but it is also as dear to our hearts as Australians as the Great Barrier Reef,” he said.

The roadwork will also involve fixing bridges and retaining walls, resurfacing work and road safety improvements. Major landslip sites will be repaired and guard rails and roadside barriers replaced and extended.

The road was built 81 years ago and is used by hundreds of thousands of domestic and international tourists to visit landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles.

The G21 Geelong regional alliance has lobbied for the upgrade, saying the road had fallen into disrepair.

The group said intermittent road closures have serious consequences for tourism villages and destinations along the road and managing traffic.



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Darren Brimacombe

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