Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Keep the Cape Otway Lightstation open
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the impending closure of the Cape Otway Lightstation due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The iconic tourist attraction, situated on the Great Ocean Road, attracts over 180,000 visitors annually.

The Cape Otway Lightstation has been leased and managed by local small business, Tourism Great Ocean Road, since 1997. The current lease expires 30 June 2022. Tourism Great Ocean Road is seeking a 10-year lease extension in order to borrow money to see out the COVID-19 downturn. However, the Victorian Government will not grant a lease extension due to current native title negotiations, which may take many years to resolve. Tourism Great Ocean Road does not oppose the native title claim. However, this complex issue requires the cooperation of multiple Victorian Government departments to resolve and keep the Cape Otway Lightstation open.

The looming closure of the attraction would see the loss of cultural and historical knowledge passed on to current and future generations. Potentially over 20 permanent skilled professionals, up to 40 employed during the peak season, could lose their jobs. The closure would mean a loss of an iconic tourist attraction on the Great Ocean Road, which may in turn lead to a loss of income for other regional businesses as well as dereliction of the iconic heritage building through lack of maintenance.

The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Member for Western Victorian Region, the Hon Gayle Tierney MLC, to advocate on behalf of the region to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and the Department of Justice and Community Safety to establish a whole-of-government solution to keep the Cape Otway Lightstation open beyond March 2021.
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