Current Projects

Updated November 2017

Wye River & Separation Creek Building Forum Wrap

Approximately 100 Wye, Sep and Kennett property owners and potential owners attended the Building forum at Geelong Conference Centre on 22 October. Qualified and experienced professional experts were selected as guest speakers, to provide information on the unique issues encountered when building in the townships.

The forum covered a wide variety of topics including geotechnical information, planning applications and processes, fire awareness, house design and building, plumbing and landscaping for fire mitigation.Feedback from those attending was very positive, with people saying they’d learnt a lot and had all their questions answered by the many experts on hand. The sit-down lunch provided was also much appreciated! Thank you to Yvette Hill for organising this very successful event.

Please see the bottom of this project page for speaker's contact details and presentation files. 


Stanway Drive landslip remediation update

Geotechnical services consultancy CMW Geosciences has been engaged to provide a design for the stabilisation works at Stanway Drive. Remediation works will be undertaken on the high side embankment and creek bank. We will hold a community comment period in late November on elements of the draft works (timing to be advised).

The draft remediation works design is scheduled for completion by the end of December. At this stage, we expect construction to commence in late January 2018, after Australia Day, and be completed by the end of June 2018.


Construction of retaining walls across Wye River and Separation Creek

Colac Otway Shire’s contractors have completed construction of all retaining walls four weeks ahead of schedule. Thank you for your patience during the construction period.


Reticulated stormwater drainage for the townships of Wye River and Separation Creek

Thank you to everyone for providing feedback through two rounds of community consultation on the stormwater drainage designs. The consultation period is now over, and Cardno has completed the detailed design. We have published the final designs on WyeSep Connect website:

 Council has also consulted with WSKRA (formerly CRC) Flora Fauna and Beachscape Work Group with regards to stormwater drainage design Environmental Impact Statement. The Work Group consolidated all community feedback and provided a response to Council:

The project has now moved into the tender process, with works separated into three contracts: 1) pits and pipes, 2) table drains, driveway culverts and ancillary works, and 3) revegetation and reinstatement.

The first two contracts; pits and pipes and table drains, driveway culverts and ancillary works are currently out to tender from Friday 27 October until 22 November. Tenders will be awarded on 13 December 2017. We expect construction to commence in late January 2018, after Australia Day. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of June 2018.

Council will be contacting property owners in the next few months where drainage infrastructure is proposed to be located on their property.


Construction, Traffic and Environment Management Plan

Council approved the Construction, Traffic and Environment Management Plan (Plan), in June, which was developed by Colac Otway Shire and Coffey to guide construction during the rebuild phase of renewal.

The Plan will provide residents planning to develop or construct residences on their land with guidance on meeting the planning approval requirements of Colac Otway Shire. Many of the management measures provided in this plan are based on Victorian government policy or legislation; others have been introduced by Colac Otway Shire to meet the requirements of the communities of Wye River and Separation Creek. 

Colac Otway Shire, along with all residents and principal contractors will ultimately be responsible for the implementation of the Plan for Wye River and Separation Creek and communication with all relevant stakeholders.

This will involve:

  • Enforcement of compliance with EPA Maximum Construction times to moderate the impact of construction activities on the local community’s amenity
  • Implementation of the temporary traffic management plan and associated parking restrictions to ensure the safe movement of traffic and minimize the risks to vehicle operators and pedestrians. This includes the enforcement of a 20 km/hr speed limit for the area. Enforcement of current legislation and, if required, higher control standards stipulated within the plan to minimize damage to the environment and amenity.

The CTEMP will be administered through the use of planning and building permits within the Wye River and Separation Creek townships. Landowners wishing to rebuild will have to comply with the requirements of the CTEMP and ensure that all contractors also strictly adhere to the plan. These requirements will be issued on all future planning permits for demolition/removal of a building, construction of a new building, or construction of retaining walls over 1m in height.  

Please see the Plan at:


Installation of traffic signage

November 2017

In accordance with the Construction, Traffic and Environment Management Plan, Council will be installing additional traffic signage in Wye River and Separation Creek towards the end of November. New signage will include speed limit signs; ‘no stopping’ signs, and ‘give way’ signs. As the high season approaches, Council will be monitoring adherence to traffic regulations to ensure the safety of visitors and residents.  


Building Forum Files


Anna Borthwick - planning(PPTX, 2MB)

Tristan Crews - fire awareness(PPTX, 8MB)

Otway Greening - landscaping(PPTX, 1MB)

Tony Miner - geotech(PPTX, 8MB)

Contact detail files: 

H2O Plumbing Solutions(PDF, 68KB)

Kris Thomas Building Design(PDF, 75KB)

Otway Greening 1(PDF, 26KB)

Otway Greening 2(PDF, 31KB)

AGR Geoscience 1(PDF, 2MB)

AGR Geoscience 2(PDF, 396KB)

AS Minor Geotechnical(PDF, 73KB)