Parking fee proposal for Great Ocean Road

July 10, 2024 6:49 am in by
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Visitors to the Great Ocean Road could soon have to cough up cash for parking at some of the roads most iconic locations.

The Victorian state government is considering introducing parking fees to raise funds for maintenance and improved facilities.

Under the current proposal, ‘locals’ would be spared the fee which would be in place on public land including the Twelve Apostles and parts of the Shipwreck Coast.

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The Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action has opened up a consultation process, which will help shape the definition of a ‘local’ to ensure it is fair and practical.

DEECA says the changes will also improve traffic management and flow, and protect sensitive environments and wildlife.

“Visitor Parking Fees at select sites will directly fund the protection of the coast and parks along the Great Ocean Road,” a DEECA spokesperson said.

“It also means that the thousands of visitors to the area each year are helping protect it for future generations to enjoy.

“As locals would know, at high use areas we have seen environmental values damaged and tourist sites and visitation facilities get run down.

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“This change will improve things on the ground and help manage pressures long-term.

“We’re inviting feedback from the community to help shape this change and look forward to hearing what everyone has to say.”

The first phase of consultation is open until August 11.