• Hannah Phillips

Otway Towns to Receive Funding Boost

Five small towns in the Colac and Otway Shire Council district will receive Small Town Improvement Program (STIP) funding.

The townships of Birregurra, Forrest, Gellibrand, Apollo Bay and Kennett River will share in $96,100 in funding to support a range of initiatives.

Projects Funded include:

  • Apollo Bay war memorial options plan to develop options for the war memorial at the intersection of Great Ocean Road and Nelson Street to allow for safer access for public visitation - $7000

  • Apollo Bay to Skenes Creek Discovery Trail Feasibility Study for stage two of Discovery Trail – Wild Dog Creek to Skenes Creek - $25,000

  • Forrest common master plan for public open space in Station Street to develop a master plan for the open space area in Station Street - $15,000

  • Gellibrand garden walk to upgrade the material on the existing path, purchase of plants and minor equipment for the garden - $3400

  • Birregurra Park outdoor gym equipment to supply and install an outdoor exercise station to include three types of equipment on a soft-fall base - $20,700

  • Kennett River tourism and traffic management plan: in response to increased tourism numbers, a planned approach is required to address issues of parking, pedestrian safety and lack of tourism infrastructure - $25,000

Mayor Chris Potter said STIP provided the opportunity for community infrastructure projects to be undertaken in small communities which would otherwise have to compete for limited Council capital works funding.

"STIP projects aim to improve economic development in these small communities and generate community enthusiasm and pride.

“The STIP program also enables community groups to work with Council to leverage grants from other levels of government, increasing the potential size and scope of the project.

“For example,Council previously allocated a $15,000 STIP grant towards the Gellibrand Rex Norman Park master plan and infrastructure and worked with local residents to attract a $100,000 grant from the State Government for its implementation.

"This project is set to have stage one completed shortly which is a great result for the community,” he said.

Image Source - Apollo Bay Community Website

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