Great South Coast

The Great South Coast Regional Partnership in south-west Victoria extends from the iconic Shipwreck Coast to the South Australian border. Each year the region attracts thousands of visitors who go to enjoy its spectacular coastline and stunning natural scenery – the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles are among the world-famous attractions. The region is also home to internationally recognised areas of indigenous significance, including Budj Bim, near Heywood, and Tower Hill, just outside Warrnambool. As well as a growing tourism industry, the agricultural and fishing sectors underpin local economies, while the region is also home to one of Australia’s premier deep water ports at Portland.

The Great South Coast Regional Partnership includes the local government areas of:

Following engagement with its community throughout 2017, the Great South Coast Regional Partnership has developed its advice to the Victorian Government on its regional priorities.

The Great South Coast Regional Partnership’s advice for 2017 included:

  • Strong and diverse regional economy with more local jobs: Invest in future economic strengths by developing tourism attractions such as Great Ocean Road and Budj Bim, supporting Great South Coast food and fibre sector, as well as attracting people to live in the region and providing industry with energy certainty and security.
  • Attractive, safe, vibrant and liveable community: Invest in health and well-being of communities through improving health facilities and tackling lifestyle diseases, substance use, suicide and family violence.
  • Accessible, quality education and training: Invest in education and skills development of the community to improve education attainment and access to university, vocational training and special development, as well to foster pathways to higher education and employment and provide for a skilled workforce that meets the demands of the future.
  • Better roads, transport and infrastructure as enablers for prosperity, safety and liveability: Invest in enabling physical infrastructure through upgrading the road and rail networks, public transport and improved economic and digital infrastructure.
  • Renowned environment, culture and iconic landscapes: Invest in the environment and culture through supporting UNESCO World Heritage nomination for Budj Bim and developing the creative industries, arts and culture.

You can find out more about the Great South Coast Regional Partnership’s priorities here.