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Magazines : Our Place - Geelong Region Magazine 2011
Population: 21,043 Population growth: 0.80% Demographic: 21.6% over 60 years of age Land Area: 3433km2 Travel time to Melbourne: 120 minutes Median house price: $212,000 Infrastructure: 13 primary schools 2 secondary schools 2 P-12 schools 1 special development school 1 TAFE college 1 University of the Third Age 2 hospitals Major events: Apollo Bay Music Festival, Great Ocean Road marathon, Birregurra Weekend Festival, Otway Odyssey Mountain bike race, Colac Kana Festival. Major towns: Colac, Apollo Bay, Beeac, Beech Forest, Birregurra, Forrest, Lavers Hill. Major attractions: Great Otway National Park, Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Walk, Lake Colac, Otway Fly Treetop Walk, Colac Botanic Gardens, Cape Otway Lightstation, volcanic lakes and craters, Shipwreck coast. Cr Brian Crook, Colac Otway Shire mayor "The Colac Otway Shire is such a naturally beautiful area with the Otway rainforests and the southern coastline beaches so very accessible. Geographically we are well placed between major regional centres. We have a very strong community spirit with the highest volunteering rate in the state and I am proud of the number of programs we have for people with disabilities. The shire enjoys a diverse range of industry, which keeps our economy strong. " Anthony McDonald, Otway Business Inc. president "I love living in the Colac Otway region because of the diversity it offers - the volcanic plains to the north, Otways to the south, and the beautiful Shipwreck coastline. It is a very safe area climatically for agriculture and has an extremely bright future as a food production powerhouse for the State. This region is now the leading producer of dairy products in Victoria, and a major export earner for Australia. The duplication of the Princes Highway to Colac will offer more opportunities, and bring Geelong and Melbourne even closer to our doorstep. " Maggie McKenzie, 2010 Young Ambassador Award winner "I have had many opportunities arise from living in the Colac Otway Shire. There are plenty of close-knit community groups, which look out for each other, supportive schools and many great places to work. Our town has a rural, small-town feel, but is so close to many larger towns. " Photographs: Visions of Victoria 56 GEELONG ADVERTISER
Breakaway Autumn 2011