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Questions & Answers

What is Stage 1 of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan?

The allocation of $9.8 million for Stage 1 of the Master Plan is a first step in realising the significant social, economic and environmental benefits the Plan will bring to the Shipwreck Coast.  Stage 1 of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan will deliver:

  • New world class lookout structures at the Twelve Apostles and at the Blowhole
  • A new pedestrian bridge over Campbell's Creek in Port Campbell and new connecting trails
  • Better technology - telecoms, wifi and digital interpretation platform, focused on the Twelve Apostles
  • A start on detailed planning for Stage 2 of the Master Plan

What's the problem with the Shipwreck Coast, if there are 1.6 million visits already?

The present visitor facilities along the Shipwreck Coast struggle to cope with demand and there are insufficient "value add" opportunities to encourage visitors to stay overnight and to explore the region's wonderful country and townships.  And there is a real need to protect the fragile coastal environment in this beautiful part of our State.

What are the expected benefits of a $9.8 million investment?

The benefits of the $9.8 million investment are expected to be:

  • Approximately 120 ongoing jobs (plus 85 during construction)
  • $12 million added each year to the regional economy
  • $14 million annual increase in visitor spend
  • 263,000 increase in visitor numbers

Subsequent stages of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan will deliver additional benefits.

How will the projects be rolled out?  How long will they take?

The Stage 1 projects will be delivered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria.  Design has already commenced, with construction commencing in around 12 months.

When will the next phase of the Master Plan be delivered?

The Shipwreck Coast Master Plan is a significant, comprehensive program to protect the coast, improve visitor opportunities and strengthen the local economy and employment opportunities through sustainable tourism.

The Victorian Government is delivering Stage 1 of the Master Plan and detailed planning is underway for the next stages of the Master Plan vision.