A sustainable solution in response to increased visitation
Wednesday 4 September, 2019
Works will begin on Monday 9 September on a multi-million-dollar upgrade to the sewage services at the Twelve Apostles in the Port Campbell National Park, providing a long-term environmentally sustainable solution to growing visitor demand.
The investment of $8.6 million will see an 11-kilometre pipeline connecting the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre toilets to the Port Campbell Sewage Treatment Plant, ensuring Environmental Protection Authority standards are met as visitor numbers continue to rise.
Using directional boring technology, the pipeline will be installed along the shoulder of the Great Ocean Road, minimising environmental impact and minimising vegetation removal in the road reserve and Port Campbell National Park during construction.
An additional pipeline will run alongside, supplying drinking water to the visitor centre. This will decrease the number of tanker trucks on the Great Ocean Road. Last year, 503 truckloads of water were delivered to the Twelve Apostles centre; totalling approximately 11,267 kilometres of travel, which is the same as driving around Australia.
The project is delivered in partnership with Wannon Water and is expected to provide income for the local economy with contractors utilising accommodation providers and supporting local businesses.
Construction will commence from both ends of the pipeline, with traffic closed to one lane on the Great Ocean Road where work is occurring. Traffic management contractors will be used to control the traffic flow and motorists should make provision for delays, particularly in peak periods.
Works are anticipated to be complete by mid-2020.
Find out more about the Twelve Apostles Pipeline Project.
Quotes attributable to Chief Executive Officer, Parks Victoria, Matthew Jackson
“One of the icons on the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles precinct can attract over 15,000 visitors each day at peak times. The dual pipeline is the best provision to protect the environment and cater for growing visitor demand.”
“We worked with the community to explore the best options to meet demand at the Twelve Apostles and environmental protections. The pipeline solution will deliver a long-term, practical response.”