18th February 2021
APOLLO BAY- HERE & THERE
After the snap 5 day lockdown we are pleased to welcome our clients back to the Coast with what is set to be a perfect forecast for enjoying our beautiful beaches and all our town has to offer this weekend!
With warm weather upon us its a timely reminder to remain vigilant around the ocean, in light of this; after a dramatic rescue at Apollo Bay in late January and a string of drownings along Victoria’s coast over the past few months, conversation has been sparked about practical solutions that could help save lives.
Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club redevelopment coordinator David Gorrie said there was strong community support for a concept called the Victorian Blue Ocean Safety Skills (VBOSS) centre.
The Apollo Bay community wants to incorporate a centre that teaches ocean skills to young people into a redevelopment of the surf club.(Supplied: David Gorrie)
The $10 million plan, developed in conjunction with the Apollo Bay P-12 College, would involve the renovation of the surf club to include an educational facility along with accommodation for students, who would be taught how to identify rips and enter the water safely, among other practical skills.
Mr Gorrie said Apollo Bay was an ideal location to increase students’ confidence around the ocean.
“Apollo Bay is recognised as one of the safest beaches in Australia,” he said. “We’ve got a long, beautiful, wide beach that is very navigable most of the year.
“In terms of rips, there are rips at certain times and certain places along that beach for teaching people, but generally it’s a very safe beach.”. “We’ve really got to bring people up to speed – particularly young Australians – in terms of interacting with the ocean and doing that safely.” He said he believed the project would fill a gap and help save lives.
Western Victoria MP Gayle Tierney wrote a letter endorsing the project in May last year, but VBOSS is yet to attract funding.
“We receive many emergency services proposals for funding,” a Government spokesperson said. “Those who are successful will be announced in line with the 2021 budget.”
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The proposed centre would certainly be a wonderful asset to our town for both our local community and the school as well as those visiting our region.
For and on behalf of the entire Great Ocean Road Real Estate team
APOLLO BAY – MARKET ROUND UP
The Apollo Bay Market has never been stronger, following on from recent months of unprecedented activity, though despite the current ‘Seller’s Market’ Real estate stock levels across the region continue to see all new lows. If you’re thinking of selling now is the time, feel free to contact our office to discuss your property needs and arrange a current market appraisal of your property.
APOLLO BAY- A LITTLE SECRET
Wild Life Wonders is now open! Immerse yourself in the wilds of the Otways, just 5kms from Apollo Bay, explore the spectacular Otways bushland environment, where the forest meets the sea, and relax in a truly remarkable landscape. Guided by a conservationist you will encounter unique wildlife living freely in a stunning bushland environment overlooking the ocean. Click HERE for further info.
APOLLO BAY- QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“You can’t fall if you don’t climb, but there is no joy living your whole life on the ground”