Cape Otway Road Australia (CORA) brings together the worlds of elite sport and wellbeing, uniting people who share a desire to be the best they can be in a unique, Australian surf-coast environment.

CORA will be renowned around the world as the ground-breaking venue on the southern edge of the great southern continent. The place where the latest innovations in elite sport performance, health and wellbeing are immersed in a unique environment of natural beauty, arts, culture & food.

 

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THE WORLD’S BEST ATHLETES.

THE NATION’S NEW SPORTING ICON.

THE STATE’S NEW TOURIST DESTINATION.

Nestled in the hinterland of Victoria’s iconic Surf Coast, CORA will bring together the worlds of elite sport, health and wellbeing in a unique environment of natural beauty, arts, culture & food.

It will attract the world’s top professional athletes as well as international, interstate and local visitors; bringing a new global focus on Australia and the Great Ocean Road.

With sustainability at its core, CORA is intended to be a LEED Platinum site. With low-rise buildings, all below the tree line, CORA will be a natural part of the landscape.

CORA will be a major drawcard for the region and for Victoria offering:

  • World-class sporting facilities, catering for nine out of the 10 most popular sports in Australia
  • A sports performance hub and educational precinct
  • Four and five-star accommodation including Eco Lodges and a Waterside Hotel
  • A Wellness Centre
  • A Retail Village curating the best local and Australian brands
  • Fine and casual dining options
  • An Art Gallery and Sculpture Trail
  • A Farmers’ Market showcasing local produce
  • An Organic Farm providing homegrown food for our restaurants on site
  • A 90 place Child Care Centre

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  1. Retail Village
    1a. Design Studio
    1b. Art Gallery
    1c. Shop
    1d. Food and Drink
    1e. Childcare Facility / Distribution Centre
    1f. Micro Brewery
  2. Hotel
  3. Wellness Centre
  1. Media centre
  2. Elite Sports Facilities
  3. Sports Science Hub
  4. Gymnasium
  5. Managers Residence
  6. Farm
  7. Eco / Homestead Lodges (61 No.)
  1. Main Entry to Cape Otway Road
  2. Secondary Entry via Connie’s Lane
  3. Sculpture Garden
  4. Staff Accommodation
  5. Bus Parking / Car Park
  6. Depot
  7. Waste Water
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1. Retail Village

1a. Design Studio

1b. Art Gallery

1c. Shop

1d. Food and Drink

1e. Childcare Facility / Distribution Centre

1f. Micro Brewery

2. Hotel

3. Wellness Centre

4. Media centre

5. Elite Sports Facilities

6. Sports Science Hub

7. Gymnasium

8. Managers Residence

9. Farm

10. Eco / Homestead Lodges (61 No.)

11. Main Entry to Cape Otway Road

12. Secondary Entry via Connie’s Lane

13. Sculpture Garden

14. Staff Accommodation

15. Bus Parking / Car Park

16. Depot

17. Waste Water

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Waterside Hotel

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Retail Village

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Playing Fields and Sports Performance Building

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Sports Science Hub and Education Precinct

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CORA update May 2018

The CORA team have taken the valuable feedback provided by community and stakeholder groups into consideration resulting in the following changes to the Concept Master Plan:

  • Removal of the Surfing Wave Pool.
  • Relocation of 37 Eco Lodges.
  • Relocation & smaller Sculpture Park.
  • Reduced size of the Retail Village.
  • Smaller permanent waterbody adjoining the Retail Village and Hotel.
  • Relocated Hotel.
  • Relocated Wellness Centre and Artist in-residence.
  • Removal of 6 caretaker dwellings and relocation of Depot.
  • The previous 48 rural residential lots now shown as 24 rural residential lots and 24 Homestead Lodges.
  • Inclusion of an on-site water treatment plant.

The revised proposal was submitted to Council on Friday 18th May 2018 for review. Council have since requested the Minister for Planning become the Planning Authority for the planning scheme amendment to facilitate the CORA development pathway. The significant amount of work that has been undertaken by the CORA team in consultation with the Community and with Council to develop the draft amendment and supporting documentation has ensured that the Concept Master Plan warrants a formal planning scheme amendment.

Following the Minister’s decision about who will be the Planning Authority, the planning scheme amendment will become public and will be placed on exhibition to the Community and stakeholder groups. During exhibition any interested party can make a submission.

We thank you for your continued interest in CORA.

CORA update March 2019

The Minister for Planning has appointed the Cape Otway Road Development Advisory Committee to report on the CORA proposal.

Stage 1 – Initial Assessment (Current)

The Committee will undertake an initial assessment of the material that has been prepared by the proponent. The Committee will produce a report to the Minister for Planning which considers whether there is sufficient strategic justification for the proposal to continue at the site, including whether any further information or strategic work is required from the proponent.

Stage 1 is due to be completed 17 April 2019

Stage 2 – Public Exhibition

If the Minister for Planning is satisfied that the proposal has sufficient strategic justification, it will proceed to public exhibition of the proposal and any associated planning scheme amendments. At this stage, submissions on the proposal will be sought from the public.

Dates to be advised pending completion of Stage 1

Stage 3 – Public Hearing

The Committee will hold a Directions Hearing and Public Hearing where submitters will be given an opportunity to be heard.

Dates to be advised pending completion of Stage 1

Stage 4 – Final Report

The Committee will produce a final written report for the Minister for Planning no later than 40 business days from the final day of public hearings.

Dates to be advised pending completion of Stage 1

CORA update June 2019

Stage 1 – Initial Assessment (Current)

The Committee has undertaken an initial assessment of the material that has been prepared by the proponent. The Committee has produced a report to the Minister for Planning which considers whether there is sufficient strategic justification for the proposal to continue at the site, including whether any further information or strategic work is required from the proponent.

The link to the report is as follows: https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/421648/CORA-DAC-Stage-1-Report.pdf

The Minister for Planning has directed the Proponent to submit updated planning scheme amendment documents and supporting reports in accordance with the Advisory Committee’s 16 recommendations.

The Proponent has until 12 July 2019 to provide the requested documentation. Once this further information is provided, the proposal will proceed to Stage 2.

CORA update October 2019

The Minister for Planning has recently advised that the planning documentation for CORA is suitable for public exhibition which will commence Monday 21 October 2019.

Details of the proposal and how to make a submission to the Advisory Committee can be accessed at www.engage.vic.gov.au/CORA-advisory-committee

Documents can also be viewed at the offices of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, at Level 4, 30-38 Little Malop Street, Geelong.

Submissions close at 5.00pm Tuesday 19 November 2019.

A Directions Hearing is scheduled for Friday 13 December 2019.

You are invited to a Community Information Drop-In Session to find out more about the project and provide your feedback.

Please come along at any time to one of the following ‘drop-in’ events:

SESSION ONE

Modewarre Memorial Hall
Cape Otway Road, Modewarre

Monday 4th December 2017
6.00 – 8.00pm

SESSION TWO

Modewarre Memorial Hall
Cape Otway Road, Modewarre

Saturday 9th December 2017
10.00am – 12.00pm

The ‘drop-in’ events will provide you an opportunity to talk to the project team and ask any questions, view the proposed masterplan and to provide your feedback.

Please RSVP online at surveymonkey.com/r/CORA-rsvp
If you have any questions about the drop-in sessions, please email geelong@tract.net.au

We look forward to meeting you at one of the drop-in events.

 

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Q&A

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How is the land currently used?

The site is 220ha and currently zoned Rural Conservation and Farming. The site is used for grazing, a Broiler Farm and a total of six houses. The total site is private property and CORA is not seeking to utilise public land nor change the way public land is currently utilised in any way.

 

How will CORA affect Lake Modewarre?

CORA does not propose to use any area of Lake Modewarre. Nor does CORA propose to alter the way Lake Modewarre is used currently.

 

Why is a Planning Scheme Amendment needed?

Rezoning the land to a Comprehensive Development Zone is required to facilitate the unique mix of land uses. The new zoning will set explicit planning controls to ensure adherence to the outcomes the project represents to deliver.

 

Will CORA be used for sporting events?

CORA is an athlete training facility catering for national and international sporting teams, as well as local teams. It is not a match day venue, and does not include stadiums or spectator events.

 

How will the land be used?

Approximately half of the site is to be a conservation precinct with an existing farm on Connies Lane retained for food production. The balance of the site will include Sports Fields and Buildings, a Sports Science hub, Retail/Tourism/Cultural facilities and accommodation via a 128-room hotel and 61 Eco Lodges.

 

Will the general public be able to use CORA?

Public access will be possible to all areas of the site other than the conversation precinct and some sport facilities which will be controlled by specific tenants. CORA’s aim is to form partnerships with local schools and sports clubs to provide access to the sport facilities.

 

How will the project respect the existing environment?

Extensive biodiversity and water studies have been undertaken to ensure CORA responds to and improves the environmental qualities of the site. CORA’s ambition is to be LEED Platinum which is an internationally recognised Environmentally Sustainable Design accreditation.

 

How will the project respect the aboriginal history of the site?

Based on ongoing engagement with the Wadawurrung Aboriginal Corporation CORA is developing a Cultural Heritage Management plan which is to recognise and respect the site’s indigenous significance.

 

How tall will the buildings be?

Buildings will generally be 1 and 2 storeys in height with the hotel and sports buildings (gym, media centre & elite sports facilities) being up to 3 storeys in height.

 

How will CORA help the region?

The 128-room Hotel and 61 Eco Lodges will encourage overnight visitation and a greater tourist spend being retained in the region.  The Retail & Tourism Village will promote the region’s capacity to produce food. The child-minding centre will serve the community, particularly those working at CORA.

 

Will locals be employed?

CORA will provide further opportunities for local employment. The project’s preferred builder for the estimated 1,000 construction jobs is committing to a 70% local labour and supply target. CORA will also prioritise locals for the estimated 300 permanent jobs on site.

 

When will it happen?

With a view to securing planning approval in 2020, the project will commence with conservation works. Construction is expected to take 24 months, with completion in 2023.