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Peter Fillmore Secretary
Otway Forum

2017 Colac Otway Council meeting schedule:

Next meeting

Wednesday, 27 September,
Forrest Hall, 4:00pm

Council ordinary meeting agendas can be found at:


About us
Otway Forum is a community organisation to which everyone is welcome.  Its objective is to act as an information channel between ratepayers and residents and the Colac Otway Council, by expressing Public Opinion, and to keep the community informed.  The Otway Forum was formed in 1990 following the release of the 'first' Harbour Plan, and has been meeting monthly ever since.  Regular reports are also published in the Apollo Bay News Sheet

Peter Fillmore, Secretary

Tony Webber, Convener
52 376 926

Otway Forum proposal for Harbour redevelopment

See “Harbour Redevelopment” in top menu


Otway Forum normally meets at 3.00pm on the second Sunday of each month at the Community House,
"Marrar Woorn" in Pengilley Avenue, Apollo Bay.  Check the Apollo Bay News sheet for details.

The next meeting will be held on
Sunday 8 October 2017 at “Marrar Woorn”
at 3:00pm.  

Come along meet colleagues, your local councillors and COS staff and have your say on local issues.

Meeting 305, 10 September 2017

Harbour development

 A consultants Harbour Market Testing Report, which cost over $45,000, was tabled and accepted at last month’s council meeting. View the full agenda here – the harbour report is from p 56.

 The next stage will be an Expression of Interest process which could cost over $100,000.

 If there is interest from developers, a Business Plan will then have to be produced as this is public land.  (the Point Grey public land at Lorne has recently had a Business Plan produced which cost $90,000)

 If the AB harbour Business Plan stacks up, a Development Plan of the whole site will then need to be produced (at substantial cost) and exhibited for public comment.

o The Pt Grey  precinct redevelopment plan can be found on the GORCC website and has been in progress since 2012 and is ‘currently budgeted’ at $6.58m

o At Point Grey the Development Plan was completed first and then the Business Plan.

o This allowed the public to determine and agree on the Plan before a developer submitted his ideas.

 It’s a shame our Project Control Group was unaware of its existence until recently as there are many similarities.

 Principal 13 of the guiding principles of the Pt. Grey project particularly significant – the Plan must be deliverable.

 Let’s hope our councillors debate the current AB scenario fully and look at ALL options to progress a harbour redevelopment.

 There will be two public information sessions held in AB in early October to explain the current process.

Rating policy
A workshop and period of public submissions on the current COS rate policy will finish on the 18th October.

Have your say as it has implications on the rating differential for AB. See COS website for details.

Other topics include:
Baraham Valley Development
bus to COPAC events
RSL grant


25 October, COPACC, 4:00pm

22 November, COPACC, 4:00pm

13 December, COPACC, 4:00pm