Following our recent announcement and news in the media that the Cape Otway may be forced to close permanently after March 2021 we have been overwhelmed by the support and positive feedback we have received from all who love the Lighthouse as we do. Many of you have asked how you might help or get involved with our campaign to save our lighthouse so we have prepared a few tips on things you can do to help us get our message heard.
How Can I Help?
1) Sign Our Petition! Sign the e-petition to Victoria’s legislative council calling on the Victorian Government to grant a long-term lease to Tourism Great Ocean Road so it can continue operating beyond March, 2021. Sign our E-Petition here
2) Share The News! share this information and link to the e-petition through your networks/email databases. Include a brief description of how this will impact you/your business as well as the Cape Otway Lightstation itself.
3) Raise Awareness! Like the Cape Otway Lighthouse Facebook page and share our campaign posts as often as you can. Share what you love about the Cape Otway Lightstation on your Social media pages. Use the following hashtags: #capeotwaylighthouse #saveyourlighthouse #loveyourlighthouse #greatoceanroad and tag us on Cape Otway Lighthouse.
5) Write a letter! to the decision-makers – Victorian Government minister Lily D’Ambrosio, copying in Premier Daniel Andrews, Martin Pakula and Jill Hennessy and local MP Richard Riordan for Polwarth.
Victorian Government minister Lily D’Ambrosio firstname.lastname@example.org
Premier, The Hon. Daniel Andrews, email@example.com
The Hon. Martin Pakula, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Minister for the Coordination of Jobs, Precincts and Regions: COVID-19, Minister for Industry Support and Recovery firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hon. Jill Hennessy, Attorney-General, Attorney-General@justice.vic.gov.au
MP Richard Riordan for Polwarth email@example.com
Cape Otway Lightstation may be forced into closure due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The iconic tourist attraction, situated on the Great Ocean Road, attracts over 180,000 visitors annually.
The Cape Otway Lightstation has been leased and managed by local small business, Tourism Great Ocean Road, since 1997. The current lease expires 30 June 2022. Tourism Great Ocean Road is seeking a 10-year lease extension in order to borrow money to see out the COVID-19 downturn. However, the Victorian Government will not grant a lease extension due to current native title negotiations, which may take many years to resolve. Tourism Great Ocean Road does not oppose the native title claim. However, this complex issue requires the cooperation of multiple Victorian Government departments to resolve and keep the Cape Otway Lightstation open.
The looming closure of the attraction would see the loss of cultural and historical knowledge passed on to current and future generations. Potentially over 20 permanent skilled professionals, up to 40 employed during the peak season, could lose their jobs. The closure would mean a loss of an iconic tourist attraction on the Great Ocean Road, which may in turn lead to a loss of income for other regional businesses as well as dereliction of the iconic heritage building through lack of maintenance.