Mayor Jo Beard says Great Ocean Road's Australian Monopoly win highlights funding need

Corangamite mayor Jo Beard attended the launch of the new Australian version of Monopoly.
Corangamite mayor Jo Beard attended the launch of the new Australian version of Monopoly.

THE Great Ocean Road has been voted into the latest Aussie version of the board game Monopoly.

But Corangamite Shire mayor Jo Beard said it’s a reminder that the popular tourist route needs more funding, especially the Twelve Apostles.

Cr Beard attended the Sydney launch of the new Aussie edition of the game this week and said it was exciting to see the Great Ocean Road on the board alongside such locations as Sydney Harbour, the Whitsundays, Kangaroo Island, and Margaret River.

“It reaffirms the Great Ocean Road is recognised Australia-wide as a very significant destination,” she said.

Monopoly gets played across the world – what a clever and effective way to promote and gain exposure for our region.

“(But) we have a destination that is top-of-mind for people and I think it is important that visitor experience meets that expectation.

“The reality is, the situation at the Twelve Apostles is appalling, with inadequate facilities damaging our reputation as a top visitor destination.

“It is very simple – the Victorian Government needs to invest heavily in its top tourism asset.”

The game, which is due out on June 15, sees Victorian locales taking up the orange spaces, with Melbourne and Phillip Island also on the board.

The most expensive spaces in the game (Mayfair and Park Lane in the UK version) went to NSW attractions Sydney Harbour and the regional city of Orange.

The second-most prized positions belong to Queensland (The Whitsundays, Gold Coast, Tropical North Qld), followed by South Australia (Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln), and the ACT (Questacon, Australian War Memorial, Canberra).

Rounding out the board were WA (Esperance, Broome, Margaret River), Tasmania (Hobart, Freycinet National Park, Stanley), and the Northern Territory (Alice Springs, Darwin).

Voting for the Aussie Monopoly took place in November last year, with over 35,000 people voting.

The tokens for the game will be a barbeque, a kangaroo, a kookaburra, a cricket bat, a meat pie and a surfer.

There is also an Aussie twist on the community chest and chance cards, which feature references to the NRL State Of Origin, lamingtons, and the Melbourne Cup.