Apollo Bay and sustainable living.

The  Otway ranges essentially lock in a special area where the coast, rainforest and hills all fall into each other.  For many years this made it  an isolated area difficult to travel to and bring goods in and out. While it could not be said that it is wilderness this isolation has allowed it to retain much of its natural beauty and vegetation. In recent years the farming and timber industries that were the main source of income have all but dissapeared. The permanent population has stagnated and, like many country communities, the farming areas have become mainly unpopulated.  However the area has attracted a number people with high level of skills in raparian and land restoration, unusual food crops and general interest in low impact development and living.  The Chamber believes that these skills combined with activities such as reforestation with significant timber species form a knowledge base of great value that could develop into a new information industry.