CORANGAMITE Shire councillors are facing some tough decisions next Tuesday night over future development along the Great Ocean Road.
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Shire planning officers are recommending councillors should continue their push for a new tourist resort on farmland east of Port Campbell, despite the idea being rejected by an independent planning panel.

The panel also called on the council to abandon plans for an expansion of the Peterborough airport. But director of sustainable development Ian Gibb is recommending the site be rezoned as proposed, allowing for a new entrance from the Great Ocean Road and future tourist accommodation.

In its report, released last month, the panel said the Port Campbell land was not in a “strategic location” and it was highly visible from the Great Ocean Road.

It also detailed “reservations about the wisdom of identifying a site for a four-star, internationally-branded resort that is adjacent to a sewage treatment plant”.

In his report to be presented at Tuesday night’s council meeting, Mr Gibb says the site benefits from being close to the township and access to infrastructure, such as the sewage plant, which could be shielded through a buffer zone.

“The Great Ocean Road World Class Tourism Investment Study (2011) has specifically identified an internationally-branded resort in proximity to Port Campbell as a priority project. This site would be suitable for such a resort.”

The panel was not satisfied there were adequate grounds to support the expansion or the introduction of new tourist uses at the Peterborough airstrip and suggested development would be better directed to the township.

But Mr Gibb debated this point: “Aviation-related accommodation cannot be suitably located in the Peterborough township”.

The airstrip is owned by Councillor Steve Cumming who has declared a pecuniary interest in the planning scheme changes.

More than 99 submissions were received when the changes were mooted and 25 parties made oral submissions to the panel late last year. Some of them are expected to address council on Tuesday night. The meeting will be held in Camperdown’s Killara Centre at 7pm.

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