Working Group Expression of Interest

Eastern Maar People needed for Great Ocean Road project

Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation (EMAC) is establishing an Eastern Maar community working group to work alongside Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to guide the planning and construction of the proposed Great Ocean Road Trail Project.

We are seeking expressions of interest from up to 10 Eastern Maar citizens to join a working group modelled on the Twelve Apostles Lookout Project Working Group established in 2019, that informed the Saddle Lookout Project now under construction.

The objectives of the Great Ocean Road Trail Project Working Group will be guiding DELWP’s work on Country and development of the Project’s Master Plan. This will include:

  • – Establishing project principles around working with Eastern Maar Citizens
  • – Protecting both the tangible and intangible values of the bio-cultural landscape
  • – Guiding the trail route so not to enter culturally sensitive areas
  • – Development of an interpretation framework including co-design of trail infrastructure
  • – Providing input into the development of a masterplan for the Great Ocean Road Trail project

ABOUT THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD COASTAL TRAILS PROJECT

The Great Ocean Road Coastal Trail Project is a proposed 90-kilometre “all seasons” walking trail traversing through Eastern Maar Gadabanud Country from Fairhaven to Skenes Creek. It will be designed to improve linkages between communities by connecting the Surf Coast and Great Ocean Walks

The project masterplan will identify the trail’s route and the location of infrastructure required such as camping sites, lookouts, boardwalks, bridges, river crossings, carparks, and day-visitor areas. It is expected the trail will include five suspension bridges.

EMAC’s Community Working group members will be supported by a soon-to-be appointed cultural landscape advisor employed directly by EMAC. In addition, the Community working group will liaise with EMAC’s Board appointed Coastal Trails Project Control Group community representative, Jason Mifsud, as well as linking strongly with EMAC’s Cultural Landscapes General Manager John Clarke. The group will also work with DELWP Officers.

The working group’s input into planning will be critical to ensure the trail respects and preserves our cultural heritage, and our ongoing connection to country.

If you would like to participate in the Working Group, please contact EMAC at: admin@easternmaar.com.au.

For more information on the GOR Walking Trail Project plans