What has happened so far

MAY 2017 Corangamite Shire allocated $1 million in the 2017-2018 Budget towards the Port Campbell Town Centre Improvement Project.

JUNE 2017 Fifteen residents nominated to be part of a Community Reference Group (CRG) chaired by Coastal Ward Councillor Simon Illingworth. A Project Control Group with representatives from Parks Victoria, Regional Development Victoria, Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism and Twelve Apostles Tourism and Business Association was also formed to provide project input and advice.

AUGUST 2017 Hansen Partnership and Terroir were appointed to lead the conceptual and detailed design stages.

OCTOBER 2017 A two-day design workshop was held in Port Campbell. This is where the designers (Hansen Partnership) held ‘ideas and directions’ sessions with the Project Control Group and the Community Reference Group. Members of the community were also invited to a drop-in session to discuss ideas and local priorities.

DECEMBER 2017 The Community Reference Group called an additional public meeting which heard more ideas for the proposed concepts.

JANUARY 2018 A set of initial concept plans, ideas and sketches(PDF, 5MB) was completed and circulated for comment between 10 January to 12 February. A public information session was held at the Artspace and plans were displayed online and at different points in Port Campbell. Residents were invited to have their say by completing a survey.

MARCH 2018 Council received 153 responses to the survey. 98% of responses were from local residents. Council officers and the design team met with the Project Control Group and Community Reference Group to present findings.

JULY 2018 With the Cairns Street / Foreshore area a sticking point, four different design options for this area were circulated for community feedback from 10 July to 3 August. Residents were invited to have their say by completing a survey. Council received 107 survey responses.

AUGUST 2018 A petition of 271 signatures was presented at the Council meeting. It proposed to “Keep the Port Campbell foreshore accessible to everyone by retaining the current amount of car parks along the foreshore and ensure the continuation of two-way traffic,” as a fifth option for consideration. The Victorian Design Review Panel independently reviewed the Port Campbell Town Improvement Project and provided advice to Corangamite Shire.

FEBRUARY 2019 After extensive community consultation, Council developed a revised concept plan for the Port Campbell Town Centre Project.

MARCH 2019  The revised concept plan was adopted at the March Council Meeting.

AUGUST 2019 The revised schematic design shared with the community. Drop in sessions held with traders and the community at the end of August.

NOVEMBER 2019 Council at its November 2019 Council meeting adopted a Schematic Design Plan. The adopted Schematic Design Plan was informed by public consultation. 

AUGUST 2020 The Port Campbell Town Centre project is a step closer to reality, with Council adopting detailed designs at the August meeting.

JULY 2021 State Government commits $6M to the Port Campbell Town Centre Revitalisation Project.

OCTOBER 2021 Federal Government commits $5.6M to the project meaning works can get underway.

NOVEMBER 2021 Community Reference Group appointed.

DECEMBER 2021 Town Centre Project tender was advertised.

APRIL 2022