Reports from Chamber AGM

The Chamber’s AGM was held on Monday 20 November at Captains at the Bay. Thanks to all members who attended.

John Gorman, gave the President’s report for the 2016-17 year. A transcript can be found here.

Emily Stephens presented the audited accounts. The accounts can be found here.

The following members were voted on to the Committee:

John Gorman (President)

John Riches (Vice President)

Emily Stephens (Treasurer)

Sylvia Rennick (Secretary)

Nick Polgeest, Trish Goodlet, Charles Lear, Denis Morrissy, Daniel Kay, Lisa Stephenson and Michael Nyhof (Ordinary members)

The Hon Richard Riordan, member for Polwarth, addressed the membership. A summary of his innovative ideas for raising revenue along the Great Ocean Road can be found here.

Skenes Creek to Apollo Bay Discovery Trail

This Saturday 4 November, 9am to 1pm, there will be a chance for you to have your say about the planned Skenes Creek to Apollo Bay Discovery Trail.

For more information, download the flyer here.

Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce Special General Meeting

In the last week it has become clear that there are significant concerns among our members regarding the Executive Committee’s position on the proposed Barham River Resort. As this situation has arisen after notice of the AGM was given, under Clause 30(5) of the Rules of Association, the matter could not be formally dealt with at this meeting.

Consequently, a Special General Meeting of all members will be held on Monday 13 November, 7pm at Captains at the Bay. The sole item on the agenda will be the proposed development. Members will be invited to express their views, move and pass a resolution in accordance with the majority vote. This resolution will then become the Chamber’s position on the Barham River Resort.

This date has been chosen in accordance the Rules of Association requiring at least 14 days’ notice for a Special General Meeting. Note that we have been informed that submissions regarding the resort will be considered after the formal closing date for objections.

A Special General Meeting Agenda can be downloaded here. A proxy form can be downloaded here. Note that proxies must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and can only be given to a current member.

Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce 2017 AGM

Notice is hereby given of the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc Annual General Meeting.

The meeting will be held on Monday 20 November, Captains at the Bay, 21 Pascoe Street, beginning at 7pm

All Executive Committee positions will be declared open and members are welcome to nominate for a position. The President will deliver our annual report and the financial report will be tabled.

Light refreshments will be served.

If you would like to attend, RSVP to Roderick Poole,

Download a  Nomination Form 2017  if you wish to nominate for membership of the Executive Committee. If you are not a member, download a Membership Form 2017.

If you can’t make the meeting in person, a proxy form can be downloaded here. Note that proxies must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting and can only be given to a current member.

Update on Marriners Falls

A representative of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning who organised the new survey of Marriners Falls. The report will be presented to Parks Victoria in about a month. It takes a different approach to the Parks report, which was an arborist’s report, and is a geomorphological report.

We have requested a copy however it will be an internal document. Parks would be consulting with the community and the document will have to be made public. They have been informed that a Friends of Marriners Falls Group had been formed and that the community could not understand that after being open for a hundred years with only one accident why it was considered so dangerous now.

It has been highlighted that Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board is preparing and publishing destination management and marketing plans for Apollo Bay and they all refer to Marriners Falls and the importance of keeping local attractions open.

So, although there was no indication of the outcome of the survey it seems we will be hearing more about this very soon.

Friends of Marriners Falls Facebook Group

In order to gain more support for the re-opening of Marriners Falls the Apollo bay Chamber of Commerce & Tourism has formed a facebook group called “Friends of Marriners Falls”.  It is a public group that anyone can join and in just a few weeks has attracted a lot of support.  We hope the forum on the facebook group, along with that on this website will contribute toward evidence that the people of this community along with visitors to the region value Marriners Falls as a favorite local tourist attraction.  The more members and concersation about Marriners Falls online the better.  Please join the Facebook group and post your own stories and photographs there, or feel free to comment on this website.

Friend Of Marriners Falls

This group will petition further to express that our community want to have access to this very special local nature walk and that we believe that it is an attraction as comparatively safe as hundreds of others in the state. This group will be resourced by the Apollo Bay Chamber of a Commerce and Tourism and aim to lobby DEPI & the Minister for environment & climate change for a solution to enable the reopening of the beautiful walk. Potentially the group may also find ways to assist Parks Victoria in reopening the walk and maintaining it in the future through sourcing funding and physical assistance from volunteers.

Currently we are waiting on contact from DEPI regarding the promised survey on the MNarriners Falls walk. At last weeks meeting Cr. Frank Buchanan explained to the attendees that DEPIs regional manager would be in contact with both Colac Otway Shire and the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce & Tourism to initiate the survey. Ideally we would like the survey to form a basis for a report to state that with some works and potential re-routing the walk is safe for public use – contrary to the previous report that occurred at the time the falls were first closed to the public.

If you want to officially become a “Friend of Marriners Falls” please reply to this email with the information filled in below. At this stage your commitment to this group will not be time-consuming.

We will be establishing a Facebook group in the near future and are looking for people to provide their own personal “Stories of Marriners Falls”. If you or someone you know would like to offer a story or account of their own experiences of Marriners Falls we would love to develop a catalogue of these. Please email stories through or post to PO Box 273 Apollo Bay VIC 3233.

We are also looking to collect photographs of Marriners Falls and the walk to use for promoting our group. If you have any we would love to have copies of these. You can either send digital images to this email address or contact Jo Birley on 0419162683 to arrange to have your older photographs scanned.

If you are interested in playing a larger role in the friends group we would like to hear from you. If you have experience in marketing through social media, design & publication, have media contacts or consider yourself a spokesperson please contact us to be more heavily involved.