The proposal to hand over planning control for some of our most iconic national parks along the Great Ocean Road to a tourism-focused management authority is an alarming backwards step in nature conservation. (Read more detail here.)

The Great Ocean Road Action Plan proposes significant changes in the management of national parks such as Port Campbell National Park, Twelve Apostles Marine National Park and unspecified parts of Great Otway National Park. Planning and decision-making responsibility in the parks would be given to a new ‘Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority’ under new legislation.

The proposal seems to have bipartisan support, with the Andrews Government policy announcement mirroring a commitment by the Coalition Party some weeks ago for much the same idea.

Send your message to both Labor and the Coalition calling for them to immediately rule out any changes to the core purpose of national parks along the Great Ocean Road, or anywhere else in the state.


Dear Premier Daniel Andrews,
Minister for the Environment Lily D’Ambrosio,
Minister for Tourism John Eren,
Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy,
Shadow Minister for Environment Nick Wakeling, and
Shadow Minister for Tourism Heidi Victoria, 

The proposal to hand over planning control for some of our most iconic national parks along the Great Ocean Road to a tourism-focused management authority is an alarming backwards step in nature conservation.

I ask you to immediately rule out any changes to the core purpose of national parks, including any changes to the tenure, legislation, planning, control and/or management of national parks or other conservation reserves along the Great Ocean Road, or anywhere else in the state.

The recently announced Andrews Government plans for a new ‘Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority’, and the similar Liberal Party policy for a ‘Great Ocean Road Authority’ to manage designated areas, including parks, both aim to give a new tourism-driven authority legislated control over some of our most iconic national parks. These included Port Campbell National Park, Twelve Apostles Marine National Park and unspecified parts of Great Otway National Park.

This will weaken long-established protections for our national parks and is a significant step backwards for nature conservation in Victoria.

This is a national parks land grab. It seeks to fundamentally change time-honoured protections under the National Parks Act 1975, and effectively fragments Victoria’s national park estate. It sets a very dangerous precedent for park protection across Victoria.

Parks and reserves that are likely to be impacted by the proposed legislation include at least 15,000 hectares of national parks, coastal parks, marine national parks and sanctuaries along the Great Ocean Road, including:

  • Port Campbell National Park (1,830 hectares)
  • Point Addis Marine National Park (4,600 hectares)
  • Twelve Apostles Marine National Park (7,500 hectares)
  • Arches Marine Sanctuary (45 hectares)
  • Bay of Islands Coastal Park (950 hectares)
  • Unspecified parts of Great Otway National Park, but including the Otway Lighthouse and camping areas.

Victoria’s National Parks Act has served us well for generations, and protected tourism icons such as the Twelve Apostles and Great Otway National Parks, as well as many other parks across the state including Wilsons Promontory, Mount Buffalo and Alpine National Parks. Introducing new overriding legislation will inevitably strip long-established protections and weaken the integrity of the parks estate.

I am urging you to rule out any changes to the core purpose of national parks, including any changes to the tenure, legislation, planning, control and/or management of national parks or other conservation reserves along the Great Ocean Road, or anywhere else in the state.

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