Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Victoria
Shadow Assistant Minister for Agriculture
8 January 2020
Crunch time for the Great Ocean Road Authority (GORCPA)
Local Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan MP is asking for feedback and local knowledge from community members to ensure that GORCPA is an appropriate representation of the views of this region.
The Great Ocean Road and Environs Protection Bill 2019 will be debated in Parliament in February 2020. This bill aims to recognise the importance of the Great Ocean Road and to ensure its economic prosperity, to protect the region’s iconic sea and landscapes and to establish a Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority.
Mr Riordan does not think this bill as tabled guarantees local input and does not provide the funding to cover the estimated 20 million dollar gap in asset renewal. As I visit communities on the Great Ocean Road I am constantly hearing locals voicing their concerns about an authority that does not fully represent them or the region.
I also have strong concerns about planning powers being given to this authority. Planning is a large and important function of local government and I fear complications could unnecessarily detract this organization from its main function of environmental protection and encouragement and support of business and tourism
Comments Attributable to Richard Riordan MP Member for Polwarth
“The Great Ocean Road and Environs Protection Bill 2019 will be debated in Parliament next month and I’m looking for feedback from local community members.”
“I have huge concerns about the lack of local representation on committees and it is vital that any discussion includes local knowledge and community expectations.”
“We need to have a balance between protecting the environment and encouraging visitors and business investment.”
“There is currently a 20 million dollar asset gap and I have concerns that this will impact on the viability of an authority to take proper care of our much loved Great Ocean Road.”