With international day trips to the Twelve Apostles and Port Campbell forecast to double by 2025, the two tiers of Government funding some big projects in the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan (eg. new lookouts at the Saddle and Blowhole, Port Campbell swing bridge) and major private sector investment, the time is right to transform the town centre into something that looks good and works well for pedestrians and motorists, locals and visitors.
Port Campbell is a unique stopping point to touch the grass, sand and ocean in the heart of the Shipwreck Coast.
The town provides the only safely ‘patrolled’ beach between Apollo Bay and Warrnambool. We want the type of visitors who stay longer and spend time experiencing what Port Campbell and surrounds has to offer.
Try picturing what Port Campbell and surrounds will look like in 10 years' time.
There will likely be a Visitor Experience Centre with a restaurant out at Glenample, a resort and hot springs at Booringa Road, and the Twelve Apostles Trail will wind its way from the Twelve Apostles into Port Campbell. Hikers and cyclists will join the bus and car loads of visitors that come to Port Campbell, with trailheads at the top of town and near the Surf Club where you will be able to cross the swing bridge and keep going to Timboon for icecream and strawberries. Locals will be able to use these trails to walk around town or ride their bikes safely out to Loch Ard Gorge / Twelve Apostles.
How do we make Port Campbell a high-quality and safe public space?
A key issue for many towns, not least Port Campbell, is the convergence of pedestrians and cars. There is a global movement towards pedestrianising town centres and cities to make them more liveable and to encourage people to walk more. Not only is it good for the environment, it’s good for our health. One of the reasons visitors already walk along the street is that they’re used to pedestrianised environments.
One of the aims of the Town Centre Project is to pedestrianise Port Campbell, still allowing for cars, but slowing traffic and encouraging pedestrian movement. In the future, large buses will not belong in the centre of town. They will be directed down Morris Street, allowing passengers to disembark near the Parks Victoria office, access the new toilets at the tennis courts, and safely wander down Lord Street to the beach.
Converting the existing angle parking in Lord Street to parallel parking will mean there are wider footpaths for pedestrians, cyclists and outdoor trading options for local businesses. Timed parking outside Port Campbell Shopping will still allow locals to pop in for their mail, bread and milk. Cairns Street (along the foreshore) will continue to be two way and foreshore parking will be retained, as per the community’s request.
From Corangamite Shire’s perspective, the revised concept has acknowledged community feedback and it’s time to move forward. We are excited about how this project will transform the town centre and hope you can see the long-term vision and rationale behind some of the changes.
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