Community voices shape Point Grey Redevelopment plans

July 8, 2024 BY

The Point Grey Redevelopment in Lorne is moving forward to the planning and design phase. Photo: SUPPLIED

THE highly anticipated Point Grey Redevelopment in Lorne is moving forward to the planning and design phase after a period of community consultation.

In March, the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority initiated a community values survey to guide the revision of the masterplan for the redevelopment of Point Grey.

The $12.59 million project follows a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal determination in 2022, which rejected a 160-person restaurant at the site.

The survey received 1,141 responses, setting a record for the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority engagement.

The feedback will help craft the updated draft Masterplan, with an eye towards sustainability, safety, and compliance with legal standards.

In a statement, the authority said the results showed the importance of the site.

“The feedback revealed that the precinct is loved for its natural setting, its ocean and pier views, and the community-level facilities it hosts.

“We have now held four Community Reference Group meetings, with work progressing on the planning and design phase of the project.”

Respondents expressed a range of views, including concerns about large structures, advocating for a minimalistic design that aligns with the maritime vibe of Lorne.

Many stressed the need to keep the Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club clubhouse in its current position and to retain two buildings on the site.

Practical considerations such as the placement of toilet blocks, parking, and bin areas were also noted, with a preference for these not to dominate the area.

The redevelopment will include a new Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club, improved connectivity with upgraded walking paths, recognition of cultural heritage, and spaces for casual hospitality offerings.

Next steps involve the Community Reference Group and key stakeholders participating in workshops to further explore the site’s opportunities and constraints.

This will inform the updated draft proposal for Point Grey, which will be made available for broader community feedback.

The process will include an analysis of critical factors such as carrying capacity, environmental values, public safety, local coastal adaptation planning processes, and compliance with relevant legislation and policies.

The project, a collaboration between the federal government, state government and Surf Coast Shire is backed by $10.14 million from the Geelong City Deal, with additional contributions from the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority ($2 million) and the Lorne Aquatic and Angling Club ($450,000).

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