Local government is the arm of government closest to the people.

Council provides almost 100 different services to our community and the face-to-face contact we gain gives us a deep understanding of our community and its needs.

Acting alone, there are limits to what Council can achieve within our legislative and budgetary capabilities; therefore working in partnership with other groups and other levels of government is fundamental.

Council is a strong advocate for our community and regularly lobbies the state and federal governments for funding for important programs and projects.

Further, we forge partnerships with other agencies and other councils to make our advocacy efforts on behalf of the community more coordinated, strategic and effective.

Projects and programs of regional significance are often championed by G21, a regional lobby group of councils comprising the city of Greater Geelong and the shires of Colac Otway, Surf Coast, Queenscliffe and Golden Plains.

For a full list of Council's advocacy priorities, download our priority projects document below.

Federal election advocacy document

For more information about all the projects in this table, download our 2016 federal election priority projects document, which council will be presenting to all candidates and visiting politicians. A number of these projects have the backing of G21 and will deliver significant benefits to our community.

Priority Projects 2016(PDF, 1MB)


2016 federal election scorecard

Project name

Indicative cost




Other minor parties

Colac CBD & Entrances - Stage 2 - Corangamite to Queen Street

$975,000 - $1.1m





Colac CBD & Entrances - Stage 2 alternative - Corangamite to Gellibrand Street






Colac CBD & Entrances - Stage 3 – Corangamite Street to Armstrong Street






Lake Colac Foreshore Master Plan implementation stage 1 – years 1-3






Apollo Bay Harbour - $150,000 over two years to support a private investment EOI process.


$10.6 million to implement public infrastructure development

Approx. $10m





Forrest Mountain Bike Trails – construct new and upgraded trails, underpass, signs and marketing






Memorial Square Shrine Restoration






Local Road upgrades-Forest Street









Strategic Road upgrade programs for agricultural, manufacturing and timber industry areas






Arterial road network, in particular ongoing funding for the Colac-Forrest Road and Forrest-Apollo Bay Road

As per previous funding agreements

 $5 million for upgrades including slow vehicle passing lanes




Investigation for Early Years Hub






Great Ocean Road ongoing maintenance and improvement

$50 million over five years ($25 each from state and federal government

Federal component fully funded

 $20 million over five years.



Investigation for Colac Intermodal Freight facility







Support for agricultural industry growth – develop an investment prospectus targeting food and fibre processing