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Peter Fillmore Secretary
Otway Forum

Next Council meeting

Wednesday, 25 January, COPACC, 6:00pm


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.

Meeting 309  14 January 2018

Our late friend John Spencer wrote a seminal work on the planning fiasco around Apollo Bay.  Much of the work is available here and is relevant to the current proposal for a massive resort in the Barham valley

- a proposal which may have extremely bad outcomes for the town.
Read John’s words - and pages 86 - 95 may be of particular interest.            

Important dates for your diary



12 January

Public meeting 4 - 6 pm, Youth Club
for Discussion on resort proposal Barham Valley

27 January

fundraising concert  7-11pm Youth Club

for objections to Barham Valley resort

Mega- Hotel and Villas proposal, Public Meeting Friday 12th 4-6 pm at Youth Club, Moore St.
With Colac Otway Council CEO, planning officers and available councillors, Member for Polwarth
Richard Riordan, Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, and ALP candidate for Corangamite Libby Coker having accepted invitations to attend, barring unforeseen circumstance, this is Apollo Bay’s opportunity to communicate our position on this ridiculous proposal.
Objectors Inc met with ALP candidate for Corangamite Libby Coker last week.
Ms Coker has now considered the situation and publicly taken a stance against the development. Great progress given that the matter may end up with Labour Minister for planning Richard Wynn. Ms Coker made a press release in Geelong Advertiser on Friday, and has spoken with Richard Wynn’s office.
Objectors Inc also met with Mayor Joe McCracken and Councillor Kate Hanson this week at Apollo Bay, and took them for a site inspection.
The Council, Politicians and Media are viewing the situation with increasing interest and are looking for a strong community stance to guide the decision-making process.
It is vital that the Community takes this opportunity by attending the meeting, to be seen and counted by the decision makers, and send a clear message that we do not want this style and scale of development.

The Community needs to attend this meeting, be informed, be heard, be counted.

Small Business Register
Objectors Inc has started a Small Business Register to oppose the Mega-Hotel and Villa Development at 275 Barham River Road.
By Small Businesses registering their objection to this development we hope to counter the blanket perception of politicians and promoters that the development will be “good for business”
The Business Register will be a powerful tool, and we urge all objectors to respond by email to
objectors275brr @ gmail.com
with your business name, address and ABN.

Barham Valley Resort

As more reports and referrals from public authorities have been received by COS for the Barham Valley resort proposal, submissions from the public are still being accepted by COS.

Send them to inq@colacotway.gov.au

Approx. 70 properties on the Barham and Killala Rds.

COS councillors will have to vote on their position on the resort application at a council meeting soon.

The March council meeting in Apollo Bay would be appropriate!

Harbour redevelopment

Harbour redevelopment process still waiting on a formal Expression of Interest process to be agreed upon.

The delayed harbour management agreement may be on the January agenda at COS.   

Transitional towns movement being looked at by U3A for Apollo bay.