11th February 2021
A large parcel of land beside the booming growth area of Torquay has become the latest flashpoint in a contentious planning review considering whether to allow development on the untouched site. Public hearings will soon begin into the proposed wide ranging planning controls that will determine the future of parts of the Surf Coast and Greater Geelong. But a proposal to allow development in the 245 hectare growth stretch of land known as Spring Creek has drawn the ire of residents who are demanding the region be protected from over development.
Development in Torquay has expanded rapidly in recent years and the pandemic has exacerbated these growing pains as city dwellers seek a sea change.
In other news for the Surf Coast, the iconic Rip Curl Pro Surfing event will not be held at Bells beach this year for the first time since 1961. Organisers of the event said they tried everything to ensure the local leg of the international competition could go ahead at Bells Beach and were prepared to pay all quarantine costs before the state government refused its request to land a chartered flight.
It will now be held at Newcastle from April 1.
And for all you love birds out there, Happy Valentine’s Day for this Sunday. Maybe a trip down the Coast is on the cards? There are great accommodation and dining options, with plenty of local attractions to see. Visit www.greatoceanroadholidays.com.au to plan your escape.
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