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February 2017


Everthing 'above board' but can be improved

Consultants decide there was no wrongdoing in the Anglesea
caravan park tender process

By Dennis Amor
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THE Great Ocean Road Coast Committee in Victoria has been cleared of any wrongdoing in a controversial decision to take over the lease of Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park.

An independent assessment of the process has decided it met relevant guidelines and requirements.

There was a storm of protests after the committee called for tenders ... but then decided to award the lease to itself, leaving the current leaseholders out in the cold after 21 years.

The Morris family, which has spent millions turning the park into one of the most popular in the region, must quit at the end of this year.

It has declined to comment on the latest development.

Victoria's Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio directed her department to engage consultants McGrathNicol to look at the decision and tender process.

"While the assessment found that the process was above board, the report has highlighted areas where it can be improved," the minister said in a media release.

'Clearly these were
not sufficient and
need to be changed'

"GORCC followed the leasing guidelines put in place by the former government, clearly these are not sufficient and need to be fixed."

She has asked for an urgent meeting with GORCC's chairperson to make it clear what the expectations are for committees of management to move forward.

The consultants decided the GORCC had acted "in the best financial interests of Victoria" while conducting the tender process to a high standard, including appointing a probity adviser.

Their assessment also identified areas for improvement in GORCC’s tender process, including developing an effective complaints management process and applying a "robust and transparent evaluation process".

It thought more consideration could have been given to the existing assets and better guidance to tenderers over the minimum rental or capital works expected.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will now work with the committee to ensure these changes are made ahead of future tenders.

The government will also review the Victorian Crown Land Leasing Policy and associated guidelines developed in 2012 by the previous government.


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