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Our Regional Priorities

Nature-Based Tourism

With our clean environment and abundance of natural assets, we are well positioned to become a nature-based tourism destination. 

The 12 Apostles Trail is a 67 Kilometre cycling and walking trail that, when complete, will deliver an environmentally sensitive nature based tourism experience along one of Australia's most iconic coastlines.

What is needed?

$12.9 million to construct the trail

Beyond the Bell - Education Attainment

This Collective Impact initiative seeks to reverse our region's unacceptably low education outcomes.

Over time, the aim is to take action along the full continuum from birth to adulthood, to support all our young people to reach their full potential.

What is needed?

$1.5 million to deliver the regional Beyond the Bell Plan and provide "backbone support" over the coming three years.

Regional Roads

The Great South Coast Group has a particular focus on ensuring our region's roads are upgraded to at least on par with roads elsewhere in the state.

Specific priorities are to upgrade the Princess Highway West between Colac and the South Australian border and to upgrade arterial roads across the region.

What is needed?

Advocacy to ensure the Princes Highway West is included on the Federal Government's National Network; advocacy for more maintenance funding for regional arterial roads.

Childhood Obesity Prevention

This newly adopted Priority Project for the Great South Coast Group focuses on children and young people and seeks to effect a significant cultural shift within our region.

A world first, over the next 15 to 20 years, Great South Coast Obesity Prevention Project aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity within our region.

This project is led by Professor Steven Allender and a team of Deakin University researchers. It also has direct input from a collaborative partnership comprising South West PCP, Southern Grampians Glenelg PCP, five LGAs, State Government, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention.

Rail Improvements

At present, our region has just three daily passenger train services to Warrnambool with connecting coach services. We have joint with our G21 neighbours to advocate for four daily services to Geelong, moving to five daily services in the longer-term. 

We require additional passing loops at Weerite, investment in signalling, new rolling stock, major track upgrades and possible upgrade to Warrnambool station. 

We are also supporting an advocacy effort by the Rail Freight Alliance for the State Government to commit to $500,000 towards signalling control upgrades at Camperdown Station, and ensuring the Port Shuttle project - to have freight transferred from truck to rail in the outer suburbs to reduce congestion in the city - is implemented as soon as possible.

What is needed?

Advocacy to ensure we have access to four daily passenger rail services and connecting coach services, with five daily services in the longer term and $500,000 towards signalling control upgrades at Camperdown Station.

South West Healthcare Stage 2

This critical stage will consolidate Warrnambool's position as a health services centre for Victoria's south west and the south east of Australia and ensure the hospital can cope with increasing regional demand.

What is needed?

Advocacy to secure the $100 million in funds to compete Stage 2

New Regional Library Service

Warrnambool's existing library service was built in the 1960s and no longer accomodates our growing regional city's needs.

A new joint library for the 21st Century will involve Warrnambool City, South West TAFE and Deakin University. It will help meet the demands of a knowledge based ecomony and help support education attainment.

What is needed?

Advocacy to secure $9.2 mllion to construct the learning centre.

Regional Placemaking

The Great South Coast Group has identified the need to support the creation of healthy, liveable communities right across our region. This not only provides wonderful places for our people to live, but helps to arrest population decline and attract skilled workers.

This initiative pulls together placemaking projects such as streetscapes and township upgrades in a coordinated strategy.


Great South Coast Projects Underway

There are many other projects planned or underway in the Great South Coast. These include:

  • Great South Coast Food & Fibre Action Plan (due for completion in late 2015)
  • Great South Coast Digital Strategy (due for completion in 2015)
  • The Great South Coast ICE Challenge - a regional response to the drug ICE
  • Budj Bim Cultural Heritage Precinct - advocacy for inclusion on the World Heritage Register (ongoing)


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