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Thursday, 19 February 2015 15:21

Board Endorses its 2015 Priorities

The Great South Coast Board has formally agreed upon the key projects it will take to Government for funding during 2015.

In selecting its 2015 Priorities, the Board considered projects that were deemed as 'shovel ready' as well as having regional significance.

  • 12 Apostles Trail - A 67-kilometre walking and cycling track will deliver an environmentally sensitive nature-based tourism experience, providing alternative access to key Great Ocean Road attractions. Cost: $12.9 million
  • Grampians Peaks Trail - The new Labour Government has committed $19K to fund the northern section of this world-class, long-distance walking experience. Advocacy is required to fund the southern section into Dunkeld, which includes 28 kilometres of trail and three overnight camps. Cost: $8 million.
  • Beyond the Bell, education attainment - Great South Coast rates of Year 12 or equivalent attainment are far below those of other parts of the state. This groundbreaking, Collective Impact program seeks to achieve inter-generational change by focusing on the individual's journey across the continuum, from birth through to adulthood. Six local action plans have been developed for each of the Great South Coast municipalities, along with an overarching regional strategy. Cost: $500K per year over three years.
  • Roads - Advocacy is needed to ensure the continued upgrade of Princes Highway West. In addition, the Board will advocate to fund the top priority roads identified in the Great South Coast Transport Plan.
  • Passenger rail improvements - our Board seeks to increase the number of daily passenger services between Warrnambool and Geelong.
  • Shared library services - a regional, joint library services for the 21st Century will involve Warrnambool City, South West TAFE and Deakin University. It will help meet the demands of a knowledge-based economy and support education attainment. Cost: $9.2 million.
  • South West Healthcare Stage 2 - This critical second stage will consolidate Warrnambool's position as a health services centre for Victoria's south west and the south-east corner of South Australia. Expected to created about 100 permanent jobs, plus many more during the construction phase. Cost: $22 million.
  • Regional placemaking - Many of our communities are undergoing social and economic change due to the effects of population change, global competition and industry restructure. The Board has identified the need to help create healthy, liveable communities across the region, especially in smaller towns. Central to this is a regional approach to enhancing the physical environs of our towns and cities.

The following projects are already underway and gaining great traction:

For more information regarding any of the projects, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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