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Press Release: Cape Otway Lightstation under new management

Issued: 3 August 2015

WITH calls echoing around the Australian business world for more women in senior management positions and as company directors, Cape Otway Lightstation appears to be a leading light.

Tourism Great Ocean Road, the company behind the management of the heritage precinct is headed by director Jenny Bowker, who has just installed Apollo Bay’s Trish Goodlet as manager, and Chapple Vale’s Heather Peillon as assistant manager.

Mrs Bowker said although she was a great supporter of gender diversity in business she had appointed both candidates based on their work histories in tourism and their vision for the heritage precinct.

“My premise about gender is that women that have the talent will rise to it,” Mrs Bowker said.

“I appointed Trish because she was the most appropriate person for the job and we first worked together in the mid Nineties when I was president of the Great Ocean Road Tourism Association when we had our first community-led visitor information centre in Apollo Bay.”

Mrs Goodlet who began working in tourism as an Apollo Bay high school student, has a degree in tourism management and has worked in a number of resorts, managed the Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre and was Otways Tourism executive officer.

Ms Peillon has worked at the Otway Fly and managed both the Colac and Apollo Bay visitor information centres.

Mrs Goodlet has big plans for the Lightstation.

“I do like challenge and change and I am really interested in growing our core products, developing Great Ocean Walk packages, and improving the café which has been renamed the Lightkeeper’s Kitchen,” Mrs Goodlet said.

She plans to attract more Great Ocean Walkers to spend the night at the iconic lightstation, and is developing take away meal packages to refuel long distance hikers.

Colac Otway and Corangamite shire residents are also in her focus.

“We offer free admission to locals so when they have friends and family visiting the region they can make the most of the free entry and bring them down here to see the Lightstation and stop off for an Otway Burger or a high tea.”

Mrs Goodlet has plans to grow the events calendar at the Lightstation and will also develop a corporate team-building programme.

The Lightstation will celebrate International Lighthouse Weekend on August 15 and 16 with pony rides, whale watching, yesteryear games, kids’ art activities, a ghost tour and three course dinner with Irish music, plus a bush tucker cooking display and more.

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