The Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority (the Authority) is pleased to award the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) Contract for design and construction services for the Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment to Kane Constructions Pty Ltd.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said "the Point Grey project under the Geelong City Deal will continue the transformation of the Great Ocean Road delivering world-class infrastructure to support one of our most iconic tourist destinations".
“The project brings together the built and natural environment and will provide cultural, historical and recreational activities that will revitalise and support the visitor economy to Lorne and enhance the visitor experience whilst generating jobs," said Mr Tehan.
In another positive step forward for the project and building on community engagement to date, the Authority is also pleased to announce the creation of a Community Co-design Group (CCDG) for the project to ensure ongoing community input.
During the ECI phase, the CCDG will help inform and refine the overall Point Grey redevelopment design, in order to activate the precinct.
The CCDG will work within several parameters, including budget, time, site limitations, planning and statutory consents, and grant funding requirements. The Authority and CCDG anticipate a design outcome will be available for community input in early 2022.
The Authority is now calling for interested community members to submit an Expression of Interest to be involved in the CCDG process. Applications close on Thursday 25 November and can be submitted at www.surveymonkey.com/r/H539Z8G.
The Point Grey precinct sits along the Great Ocean Road at the southern entry to Lorne. Redeveloping Point Grey could create a unique experience for local residents and visitors, which would benefit the local economy and the Lorne and Surf Coast Shire community.
The redevelopment will include:
• A new Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club building
• A new commercial restaurant building, including options for coffee, takeaway and alfresco seating
• A covered meeting space where the community can enjoy creative and cultural activities
• A scenic lookout across the Lorne Pier
• Increased public space which will include Indigenous landscaping and open spaces
• Recognition of cultural heritage through public art and interpretive information
• Upgraded walking paths along the foreshore connecting the site with Lorne township.
The redevelopment will link to the Lorne township and hinterland, offer cultural, historical and recreational activities, a range of dining options, and encourage overnight stays in the region.
The Point Grey – Lorne Redevelopment is a priority project of G21, Surf Coast Shire and Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism. Construction is expected to cost approximately $10 million and is funded through the Geelong City Deal, with $8 million provided by the Australian Government, $2 million by the Authority, and $450,000 by the Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club, with the Authority also funding an additional $380,000 outside of the City Deal for early planning activities for the project.
The Geelong City Deal is a $382 million commitment between the Australian and Victorian governments and the local government to revitalise the city and regional economy, encouraging visitors to spend more time in the region by capitalising on its natural assets.
Construction is expected to commence in 2022.