Thank you to everyone who contributed feedback and had their say on the Twelve Apostles Trail survey.
We received 67 responses, all of which were largely supportive of the trail and overwhelmingly constructive.
Entering Port Campbell down Lord Street
TWO OPTIONS WERE PROPOSED IN THE SURVEY:
23 responses (34%) preferred Option 1 - McCue St (east) side
Building the trail on this side will provide better long-term connection to the future trail link to the Twelve Apostles visitor centre and proposed bicycle parking at the reserve however a short section of on road trail will be needed which will result in loss of some car parking spaces.
44 responses (66%) preferred Option 2 - Police Station (west) side
Building the trail on this side could be used as an interim measure to retain all existing parking spaces until the future trail link to the Twelve Apostles visitor centre is required. This will require a section of retaining wall with handrail along with removal of lower tree branches as needed to maintain a 2.4m head clearance and a vehicle loaded structure in the event vehicles overrun the intersection.
PROPOSED SPEED LIMIT REDUCTIONS
To improve safety for users of the new trail, speed limit reductions have been proposed for the Great Ocean Road and Port Campbell. These roads are managed by Regional Roads Victoria and therefore any changes to speed will need to be approved by the agency. The proposed reductions are as follows:
- Lord Street - from Morris Street to Desailly Street.
Reduce to 40km/hr (currently 60km/hr)
- Great Ocean Road - from Desailly Street to Campbells Creek
Reduce to 60km/hr (currently 80km/hr)
- Great Ocean Road - from Campbells Creek to 268 Great Ocean Road.
Reduce to 80km/hr (currently 100km/hr)
50% of responses agree with the speed reductions, 5% do not and the remainder provided no comment.
The view of the majority (66%) of the community was in favour of Option 2 being the west side of Lord Street.
- Eliminating the requirement for a reduction in parking opportunities on the east side of Lord Street near accommodation and the Port Campbell Public Purpose Reserve.
- Provides direct access to the town, foreshore and accommodation via Tregea Street (without crossing the road)
- Eliminating additional congestion along the existing footpath on the east which is heavily trafficked with pedestrians (particularly over summer)
- Avoids mix of trail uses with vehicular traffic exiting the various accommodation onto oncoming traffic on Lord Street (also high volume particularly over summer)
- Reduces the number of driveway crossings (than on the west side)
- Eliminating and avoiding the need to cross the Great Ocean Road / Lord Street.
- Reduces urbanisation of Port Campbell entry
Several alternate views raised as a part of the agency and community consultation are:
- Crossing Lord Street North of Desailly Street
Concerns have been raised with the crossing of Lord Street south of Desailly Street. Vehicles commonly pulling onto Lord Street from Desailly Street look right to observe any oncoming traffic and merge onto Lord Street at some speed. They would then be required to immediately observe the trail crossing.
Suggestions include crossing earlier near the bus stop, which would also service the bus stop.
Response: The proposed crossing point is identified as the best crossing point for sightlines by the traffic engineers. We note that traffic calming on Desailly Street will be required.
- Passing the Police Station
Concerns have been identified with pedestrian and bicycle traffic going past the Police Station and from an operational concern for Police members with the expected volume of pedestrians and cyclists using the trail as a specific tourist trail and the alignment crossing the driveway of the station. There are also concerns with security and privacy issues in relation to both the station and police residence.
- East side of Campbell’s Creek behind the Police Station
Walking track to be re-routed to behind the Police Station to reduce conflict points even further.
Response: This alignment would traverse Port Campbell National Park and had been explored and discounted as a part of the initial technical planning assessment of the trail alignment in 2013 due to access constraints, restricted visibility of the trail making it difficult for visitors to find the start/end point of the trail, a need to cross service paths and no direct connection to the trail head at the Public Purpose Reserve. Discussions with Parks Victoria indicated this land has a rare species of Ecological Vegetation Class (EVC) therefore actions to avoid or minimise impact would be expected.
- Integration with Town Centre Plan
Concerns were raised with the integration of people disembarking from or loading onto the buses with the trail uses and management of the volume of people in the confined space under the Norfolk Pines.
Response: The trail design must align with the intentions of the Town Centre planning however it is not in the scope of the trail project to deal with the treatment required for coach parking as proposed by the town centre plans.
- Boardwalk along the West side of Campbells Creek
The Shipwreck Coast Master Plan (SCMP) identifies the ‘Campbells Creek Wetland Boardwalk’ along the west side of Campbells Creek and connecting with the Campbells Creek Pedestrian Bridge.
Response: Whilst this alignment is the preferred for visitor experience there are several limitations including:
- It proposes to connect to the new bridge with is built for pedestrian traffic only and does not required standards to cater to cyclists.
- It is in the Port Campbell National Park and will have greater impact on heritage and biodiversity values under the National Park Act 1975 than the proposed alignment across Campbells Creek which is in the road reserve.
Although the above does not prevent us from continuing to advocate with Parks Victoria for this infrastructure, it does have implications on the delivery of the trail
from Timboon to Port Campbell as a point to point walking and cycling trail.
Discussions have been occurring with Council’s Town Centre design team. It is important that the design and any work completed on the trail route aligns and considers the future requirements for the Town Centre. A third option will be developed for the trail route into Lord Street. This will be available for community comment shortly.
Artist Impressions of key locations and signage along the 12 Apostles Trail