A proposed multi-million-dollar luxury hotel near the Twelve Apostles has been welcomed by Corangamite Shire Council.
Baillie Lodges, the company responsible for high-end lodges at Lord Howe Island and Kangaroo Island, has set it sights on a project on the Great Ocean Road estimated to be worth $20 million.
Baillie Lodges marketing manager Alison Richards said the proposal had received keen support from the state government.
She said an actual site for the project was yet to be determined.
“We’ve looked at several sites so far,” she said.
“Hopefully somewhere in close proximity of the main icon of the 12 Apostles. Certainly to be on the Great Ocean Road would be pretty special.”
Ms Richards said the project would be based on the design of the Southern Ocean Lodge at Kangaroo Island but there were no concrete timelines for it.
Southern Ocean Lodge is a 20-suite lodge and cost $20 million to build.
“We would be looking at a similar figure,” she said.
Ms Richards said owners James and Hayley Baillie always felt something along the Great Ocean Road would be spectacular.
She said the project would rely on support from local businesses and the local workforce.
“I can only base it on the Kangaroo Island model which had many local employees and brought employment,” she said.
“There were also opportunities for local tradesmen.”
Corangamite Shire chief executive officer Andrew Mason said council would welcome the opportunity to sit down and discuss the proposal further. “It’s a really exciting initiative,” he said.
“We certainly haven’t received any plans.”
Mr Mason said the council had done a lot of work, including the tourism opportunities study and the subsequent rezoning of land, to allow these opportunities to occur. He said the proposed accommodation met the need for the under-represented high-end nature-based tourism experience.
“We’re pleased to see this sort of interest,” he said.