RACV to boost tourism
INVERLOCH’S RACV Resort is looking to expand, with a development worth more than $3 million.
A master plan submitted to Bass Coast Shire Council spruiks a day spa, eco lodge and additional mid range cabins, premium villas, and premium ocean view rooms and cabins.
Council’s acting community and economic development director Antoinette Mitchell said the project would benefit the tourism industry and the Inverloch community.
“There will be some additional employment with the development of the day spa which will be available to the public,” she said.
“The expansion of the accommodation will attract more visitors who will spend their time and money in the local area, which will assist the local businesses.”
But two concerns have been raised with council.
These include flooding of surrounding properties due to the development of the RACV, with additional car parking and buildings possibly increasing the impervious area and causing run-off of storm water, resulting in flooding.
Council noted the RACV had taken measures in the past to work with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) to increase the capacity of the existing creek and wetlands systems to minimise flooding.
The site is situated within an environmental significance overlay, which will determine the areas that may be under environmental constraints.
Council received the submissions and master plan at the meeting on Wednesday.
Cr Jordan Crugnale said the RACV master plan complemented the existing facility and believed it would be a terrific asset for Inverloch to become an all year round tourist destination.
“The conditions are appropriate, and have considered bushfire and storm water issues,” she said.
“Cultural heritage has also informed the positioning of the expansion.”
The cabins and rooms are proposed to be redeveloped within the existing area.
The day spa and its associated facilities are remotely located away from the other buildings.
Cr Bradley Drew said, “The national and state recognised organisation will increase employment and tourism. This can only be a good thing for the people of Inverloch.”
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