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Driving the Great Ocean Road

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Driving the Great Ocean Road

 

Australia’s Great Ocean Road is not just a scenic highway; it’s a journey through magnificent coastal beauty, a testament to nature’s artistry, and an exhilarating driving experience that every traveller should embark upon at least once in their lifetime. Stretching for 243 kilometres along the south-eastern coast of Australia, this iconic road offers a myriad of attractions, from the renowned Twelve Apostles to lush rainforests and charming seaside towns. So, pack the car up, fill it up with fuel, and let’s go a drive down the great ocean road.

The Start: Torquay to Lorne (47 km)

Our adventure begins in Torquay, a coastal town known as the “Surf Capital of Australia.” Here, you can witness skilled surfers riding the waves at Bells Beach, which hosts the annual Rip Curl Pro Surfing Championship. After soaking in the surf culture, head west to Anglesea, where the picturesque Anglesea Golf Club offers panoramic views of the coastline.

As you continue driving, the road meanders through lush eucalyptus forests and offers occasional glimpses of the sparkling Southern Ocean. A stop at the Great Ocean Road Memorial Arch is a must. This iconic arch commemorates the soldiers who built this road, a tribute to their resilience and dedication.

Next, you’ll reach the charming town of Lorne. It’s a perfect place for a leisurely lunch with many restaurants offering fresh seafood. Don’t forget to take a stroll along Lorne Pier, where you might spot some friendly local wildlife, including seals and pelicans.

Driving the Great Ocean Road Landcruiser

The Journey Continues: Lorne to Apollo Bay (48 km)

Leaving Lorne behind, the Great Ocean Road continues to captivate with its ever-changing scenery. The road hugs the coastline, revealing stunning views around every curve. One highlight is the famous Erskine Falls, a short drive from Lorne. A short hike through the lush rainforest brings you to this spectacular waterfall.

As you approach Apollo Bay, you’ll encounter the Otway Ranges, a pristine rainforest wilderness. A detour to the Otway Fly Treetop Walk is a memorable experience. Here, you can stroll through the treetops on a series of elevated walkways, offering a unique perspective on the ancient forest.

Apollo Bay itself is a delightful coastal town, perfect for a relaxed afternoon by the beach. Enjoy fresh seafood at one of the local eateries or simply unwind by the waves.

Driving the Great Ocean Road - arial view

The Twelve Apostles: Apollo Bay to Port Campbell (90 km)

The most iconic stretch of the Great Ocean Road is undoubtedly the journey from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell. This section boasts some of Australia’s most renowned natural landmarks, the Twelve Apostles. These majestic limestone stacks stand in stark contrast to the rugged cliffs and the crashing waves below.

To fully appreciate the Twelve Apostles, it’s advisable to visit during different times of the day. Sunrise and sunset paint the rocks in warm hues, making for an awe-inspiring sight. Helicopter tours are also available for a bird’s-eye view of this natural wonder.

However, the Twelve Apostles are just one part of this spectacle. The Loch Ard Gorge, London Arch, and the Gibson Steps are equally captivating, each with its own unique story and charm.

Driving the Great Ocean Road - A Prado on the road.

Historical Charm: Port Campbell to Warrnambool (65 km)

As you leave Port Campbell and make your way to Warrnambool, you’ll pass through picturesque coastal villages and scenic lookouts. Be sure to stop at the Bay of Islands and Bay of Martyrs, where nature’s erosion artistry has sculpted the cliffs into dramatic formations.

Warrnambool, a historic maritime town, is your next destination. Spend some time exploring Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, a living museum that offers insights into Australia’s maritime history. If visiting between May and October, you might be lucky enough to spot Southern Right Whales from Logan’s Beach.

Driving the Great Ocean Road - Arial View of the rocks

The End of the Road: Warrnambool to Allansford (22 km)

As you approach the end of your Great Ocean Road journey, make a stop at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve. This extinct volcano crater has transformed into a thriving wildlife habitat, home to kangaroos, emus, and a variety of bird species. A walk or wildlife tour through this reserve is a fitting way to conclude your coastal adventure.

Finally, your journey along the Great Ocean Road culminates in Allansford, where you can enjoy a taste of Australia’s famous dairy industry at the Cheese World and Museum. Sample a selection of locally produced cheeses and perhaps take some home as souvenirs.

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The Great Ocean Road is more than just a road trip; it’s an immersive experience into the natural beauty, culture, and history of Australia’s south-eastern coast. Each turn unveils a new surprise, a new perspective of the coastline’s rugged beauty, and a deeper appreciation for the artisans of nature. So, whether you’re a nature enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply a traveller looking for an unforgettable journey, the Great Ocean Road should be on your Australian travel itinerary.

 

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Council Recognised at Local Government Awards

 

Clarence Valley Council was honoured at the Local Government Professionals Award dinner in Sydney on Thursday, June 6, 2024. The Council emerged as finalists in five categories: Special Project Initiative, Innovative Leadership, Partnership and Collaboration, People Workplace Wellbeing, and the Emerging Leaders category.

The Planning Portal Integration project, aimed at enhancing customer experience and simplifying online application processes, won the Judges Award in the Special Project Initiative category. Clarence Valley Council’s General Manager, Laura Black, expressed immense pride in the contributions of the staff and the positive impact on the community. “Staff have worked hard on making the transition to the NSW Planning Portal as streamlined as possible. Being one of the first councils in the state to complete the integration with our corporate systems, it was great to see it recognized as a winner at the Local Government Professionals Awards,” said Ms. Black.

Nick Harvey, the esteemed Financial Accountant, was a finalist in the Emerging Leader category. Harvey has brought enthusiasm and innovative thinking to the organisation, consistently meeting challenges with unwavering dedication.

The Council’s staff received recognition in the Innovative Leadership category for their efforts in restoring civil infrastructure after eight consecutive natural disasters, completing several years’ worth of work in just one year despite enduring multiple floods and fires.

The Rediscover Grafton project, a great example of the Council’s collaborative efforts, was a finalist in the Partnerships and Collaboration category. Through cooperation with internal teams, local businesses, and community groups, the project revitalised the Grafton CBD, creating a pedestrian-friendly environment and enhancing the main street’s appeal.

Additionally, the Grow Your Own trainee and apprentice program was recognized as a finalist in the People Workplace Wellbeing category. This initiative addresses staffing needs by training apprentices and trainees across various roles, from People and Culture personnel to Plant Mechanics.

“Although we didn’t win an individual category award, being finalists in five categories from hundreds of nominations and receiving one of three special Judges Awards demonstrates that we are delivering on our commitments. The continuous improvements we have implemented in recent years are recognized by our peers,” Ms. Black said.

 

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NRAR Officers to Revisit Casino Area Properties to Monitor Water Rule Compliance

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NRAR Officers to Revisit Casino Area Properties to Monitor Water Rule Compliance

 

Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) outreach officers are scheduled to return to properties in the Casino area this June to check on the progress of landholders in addressing water law breaches identified in previous visits.

Since 2022, NRAR officers have visited 782 properties in the region, providing advice and guidance on compliance. During these visits, it was discovered that over 22% of landholders had breached water rules in some manner.

NRAR Director of Education and Engagement Keeley Reynolds explained that the upcoming visits are intended to assess the steps landholders have taken to meet their obligations. “At our first visit, if there were issues, we discussed those with the landholder and offered help and advice on how to address them. Now we hope to see that they have complied or made substantial progress,” Ms. Reynolds stated.

The most common problem identified in the region was the failure to keep accurate records of water use. Additionally, issues such as having oversized water works or metering problems were also frequently detected. Of the 176 breaches observed, 152 were related to accurate record keeping.

“The effective management of water in NSW depends on accurately and consistently measuring water use – and keeping accurate logbooks is fundamental to that,” Ms. Reynolds emphasised. “Some of the breaches we are talking about might seem minor, but all breaches of NSW water laws are important and collectively they can add up to a large widespread problem.”

Ms. Reynolds noted that if landholders are still not compliant, outreach officers will attempt to understand the reasons and offer further assistance. However, she warned that continued non-compliance could lead to enforcement actions, including fines, approval suspensions, and even prosecution for the most significant cases.

The Casino area falls within the Far North Coast Water Sharing Plan area, which spans from north of Coffs Harbour to the Queensland border, covering 10,000 square kilometres and over 280 kilometres of coastline in NSW.

For more information about NRAR’s education and engagement activities, landholders and interested parties are encouraged to visit the NRAR website.

Key Points:

  • NRAR officers to revisit Casino area properties in June to check compliance progress.
  • Initial visits revealed over 22% of landholders had breached water rules.
  • Most common issues were related to accurate water use record keeping.
  • Continued non-compliance could lead to enforcement actions.
  • The Casino area is part of the Far North Coast Water Sharing Plan, covering a vast region in NSW.

For further details on NRAR’s initiatives and to stay updated, please visit NRAR’s website.

 

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NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP DELIVERS $47.8 MILLION IN FUNDING TO PREVENT FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP DELIVERS $47.8 MILLION IN FUNDING TO PREVENT FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

Services providing frontline support to women and children experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV) will receive a share of $47.8 million in Commonwealth Government funding under the Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence National Partnership Agreement 2023-25 (NPA).

These include early intervention initiatives, specialist services, innovative pilot programs, and workforce capability development projects.

From the age of 15, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men in Australia have experienced violence by an intimate partner or family member.

In NSW, there are around 2,500 reports of domestic violence to the police every month.

Last year, there were 36,072 incidents of domestic violence related assault and 19 domestic violence related murders of women and children in the state.

Aboriginal women and children are also over-represented as victim-survivors of family violence.

The NPA 2023-25 includes:

  • $25.6 million for response, recovery and healing initiatives
  • $15.9 million for early intervention initiatives
  • $6.3 million for workforce and sector capability building

Funding under the 2023-25 NPA will be put towards projects that help to achieve Target 13 of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap: to cut the rate of family violence and abuse against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children by 50 per cent by 2031. This round of funding will invest in vital, culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal women and children.

Workforce capability projects will focus on training specialist frontline DFV workers to identify and respond to the dynamics of coercive control, and activities to support faith, community and sporting leaders when engaging with people who disclose experiences of DFV.

The funding will also continue some grants awarded to DFV service providers that were funded under NPA 2021-2023.

This includes 10 organisations delivering tailored men’s behavioural change programs for Aboriginal people, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTQIA+ community, people with cognitive impairment and the Aboriginal Wellbeing and Family Violence Prevention Program in Tamworth.

Youth Justice NSW will receive funding to continue to deliver a range of programs including support services for young people to understand Apprehended Domestic Violence Order (ADVO) conditions, court processes and bail conditions. The funding secures the continuation of DFV Family Workers in key locations across NSW to provide therapeutic and practical support to families and young people, support additional psychologists and improve court resources.

The Commonwealth funding under the NPA will complement the NSW government’s $230 million emergency domestic violence package.

Federal Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth said:

“Ending violence against women and children is a national priority shared by all Australian governments.

“We are working in partnership with the NSW Government to end the cycle of violence and build the capacity of our frontline workforce.

“This investment is in line with our multipronged approach to fund initiatives across the four domains of the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children – prevention, early intervention, response, and healing and recovery.”

Minister for Health Ryan Park said:

“Domestic violence has an awful impact on families, and it affects all sections of our society.

“I am really proud we have in place a number of measures within our healthcare system including prenatal screening, which will identify and protect some of our most vulnerable women and children.”

Minister for Youth Justice Jihad Dib said:

“Juvenile domestic and family violence offenders can often be victims or survivors of domestic and family violence themselves, and early intervention programs are vital to respond to young people using or experiencing violence in their homes. Initiatives like the DFV Family Workers are a practical way we can work with communities and empower families to make positive decisions, as well as help divert young people from the criminal justice system.”

Minister for Families and Communities Kate Washington said:

“Domestic and family violence is a cowardly crime and the NSW government is looking at every lever to keep women and children safe.

“We know many vulnerable children in the foster care system come from houses of violence, highlighting the importance of early intervention programs to support families to stay safely together.”

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty David Harris said:

“With Aboriginal women and children over-represented as family and domestic violence victim-survivors, this funding will boost on-the-ground support services in communities where they’re most needed.

“It will also contribute to efforts to meet the Closing the Gap target of halving rates of family and domestic violence in Aboriginal communities by 2031.”

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Jodie Harrison said:

“The statistics for domestic and family violence are shocking and tragic.

“Beyond the numbers, we know that family violence can have destructive consequences for women and children and can leave a devastating impact on the community.

“Our government is committed to seeing dramatic improvements in the rates of domestic, family and sexual violence, and what we need to focus on is delivering appropriate and effective, whole-of-community services for victim-survivors.”

 

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