Urgent action for Great Ocean Road

April 20, 2018

Member for Polwarth, Richard Riordan MP, has expressed dismay at the Victorian Government’s funding announcement for the Philip Island Penguin Parade while they continue to ignore the desperate need for funding for Australia’s most iconic tourist attraction, the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road.


“Millions of dollars have been thrown at the penguins over many years and again today. The Penguin Parade only hosts a quarter of the visitors of the Great Ocean Road region and the Twelve Apostles. Our iconic region is in desperate need of huge government investment,” Mr Riordan said.


“Labor has found $48.2 million dollars for Philip Island in the lead up to the State budget. If the State Government is to have any credibility it must show real support for the Twelve Apostles, and the tourism disaster that is unfolding on our doorstep.


“I thank the hard work of the Corangamite Shire and other stakeholders who have put in so much time and effort in developing great strategies like the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan, which this Government keeps ignoring.


“The State Government is happy to use the name and the images of the Great Ocean Road but fail to support it. Tourist businesses and our community are calling for a better deal,” Mr Riordan said.