Announcements & News


Calling for Support for Coastal Region

The Great Ocean Road remains open for business, with Skenes Creek, Apollo Bay, Kennett River and Wye River accessible via inland routes through the Otways.

This is a great opportunity for visitors and holiday makers, who have maybe only ever accessed these areas through the Great Ocean Road, to experience all of the beauty the region has to offer.

Read more here...


Wednesday Tennis

Anyone wanting to play tennis this season; the gang are having a gentle hit on Wednesday the 23rd at the Rec Reserve at 9am. If you are keen and can commit to Wednesdays (during school terms, and usually finished by 11.30am) come on down. The more the merrier!

For further enquires please call in to the Bayleaf Cafe and ask for Leah.


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See the latest news.  This week - Funk Band; Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews; Prep-2 Creepy Crawly Incursion; Quiz Night Success; Yr4 Cake Stall; Cross Country; Happy Holidays


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The Book Show

New to Apollo Bay Radio. See here for full details and to hear the podcasts.


COSColac Otway Shire Council

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Tourism is Colac Otway Shire's biggest employer, a report to Colac Otway Shire Council's August meeting has revealed.

About 13.5 per cent of jobs in Colac Otway are a direct result of tourist spending, making tourism a bigger employer than either agriculture, fisheries and forestry; or manufacturing.

Mayor Frank Buchanan said these figures were a strong justification for Council's ongoing membership of Great Ocean Road Region Tourism.

More information in this Media Release.

Apollo Bay Library

Library services at Apollo Bay have received a boost with opening hours at the town's library to include three additional hours as part of a trial to increase accessibility.

The trial hours will be offered on Mondays 2pm – 5pm, commencing from 1 August.

Council will continue its partnership with the Corangamite Regional Library Corporation for the next two years.

Acting Mayor Terry Woodcroft said the CRLC had provided a high standard of library services to the community and Council was pleased to continue working with the group.

Further details in this media release.

Australia Day

Apollo Bay will host the Colac Otway Shire's official Australia Day celebrations for 2017 under the banner of diversity and inclusion. Further details in this media release.

Apollo Bay Harbour

Council will coordinate a market testing exercise for the Apollo Bay Harbour project to gain a better understanding of the private sector's interest in investing in public and private infrastructure in the precinct.

A report to Council's August 2016 meeting explained that market testing was an essential first step because it would help determine whether the current planning controls support the delivery of the community's vision for the future of the precinct.

More information is in this media release.

Bluewater Pool & Fitness Centre

20 Sep -16 - Council appoints contractor to replace Bluewater sports floor. See this media release.

22 Jul '16 - Council calls for EOI for Bluewater sports floor replacement. See this media release.

10 Jun '16 - Colac Otway Shire Council will fix the Bluewater sports floor ahead of legal action to seek compensation, with a view to getting the community into the new stadium as soon as possible.  See full details in this media release.

Domestic Wastewater Management Plan

Council has ushered in one of the most significant planning policy reforms in its history with the adoption of a new Domestic Wastewater Management Plan for the shire.

Mayor Frank Buchanan has welcomed the plan's endorsement, saying it had the potential to unlock development in the shire's small towns and unsewered areas.

More information is in this media release.

Conditional Planning Approval for Major Forrest Development Proposal

See this COS Media Release.

Apollo Bay Footpath Strategy

Download from the Shire's website.


Apollo Bay Channel Change

Public Notice

On Monday 5th September, Regional Broadcasters Australia (RBAH) finalised the upgrade to the inputs to digital television services transmitting in the Apollo Bay area.

Along with this upgrade all broadcasters changed channels and all Apollo Bay viewers need to retune their receivers

See this Media Release from RBA Holdings for full details.  Also this post on the ACMA website.

Sarah Henderson announces TV upgrade for Apollo Bay on 3ABR

Sarah Henderson was in Apollo Bay on Friday 2nd September and stopped by the 3ABR studio for a chat about the Stronger Communities Grant for ABR's studio and the TV transmission upgrade at the Marengo Basin.


Apollo Bay Skenes Creek Coastal Discovery Trail – What do you think?

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See here for further information and to HAVE YOUR SAY!  There's also now a podcast to listen to.


abacHelp Apollo Bay to Get
an Indoor Heated Pool


While we await the outcomes of the Project Control Group process for the Harbour, it is most important that we stay united as a strong lobby group to continue to pursue an indoor heated pool. So please renew your memberships.

Your annual memberships are now due: only $1 renewal or $2 to join at our Community Bank.

The Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre Inc. was established in 2012 to achieve funding and ongoing support for the construction of a new heated indoor swimming pool for Apollo Bay.

See the latest updates about the harbour site.

Pledges & donations now total over $170,000.  Help us reach our community target of $300,000.

Go to the Aquatic Centre's home page for full details and to see what else you can do to help the cause.


Apollo Bay Health Check

Nursing from the ground up

This Apollo Bay Health Check looks at Nursing from the ground up. Virginia is a brand new PCA (Personal Care Assistant). Nicole is the Nurse Manager and Debra is not only the CEO but a former nurse. It's a fascinating insight into the work of caring.

The Apollo Bay Health Check - Sponsored by Otway Health and broadcast live every fortnight on Thursdays at 4pm - 87.6 FM. See more from Otway Health.


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2015-16 Annual Hooded Plover Report

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abdhf heartThe 2016 GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon's HEALTHY COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

The Apollo Bay & District Health Foundation is pleased and proud to announce that as a result of the fantastic fundraising efforts of the runners, the generosity of our major sponsors and other supporters, enthusiastic volunteering by local groups and individuals, and the fabulous support of our community, we managed to raise $45,000 through the 2016 GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon to distribute back into our community.

See here how it was distributed.

What's Coming Up



Apollo Bay News Inc. AGM

COS Council Meeting


Apollo Bay Community Market

Seniors Festival

Friends of Otway National Park
Wye River Exploration & Walk

Farmer's Market

Discussion Group


Please send details of your event using the Submit a Listing form or email the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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This week's winner is

Apollo Bay General Practice

Congratulations and thank you for supporting the Apollo Bay Community Website.  Please call into the Apollo Bay Bakery to collect your prize.

See how you can be in next week's draw.

Recent new supporters include Whitehawks Cottage, Seaview Motel7 Falls ApartmentsShearwater Cottages Cape OtwayOtway HealthOcean Road BookkeepingThe Bay Beach Bungalow, Forrest Brewing Company, Apollo Bay Podiatry, Longboard Accountants and JH Property.

List your business now


Apollo Bay Radio3abr

We are on the air in Apollo Bay, 87.6 FM on your car or home radio! At last! Also online of course at

Everyone in Apollo Bay is welcome to join the fun! And as a reminder, we'd love to help your organisation with announcements.

About The Bay and For The Bay....
the only Community Radio that broadcasts that way!!!

24/7 broadcasting plus a live Programme Guide for the week.

Music, local news, chat, sport, talk and views.....all local.....all Apollo Bay Community.

What's YOUR story?

Every Thursday night from 7-8pm our local community radio, 3ABR presents the life and times of local folk in easy conversation with Bob Knowles.

This program gives us all an opportunity to hear the life stories of our friends and neighbours in their own words.

We discover where and how they grew up, what they thought and did over time and generally visit the major milestones of each and every individual road to the most southerly village on the Australian mainland – Apollo Bay.

Lindsay Deppeler on Saturday at The Bay

Lindsay chats to Anton Tibbits and Stephen Hart about songwriting, singing, performing, recording with her band Saltwood, her other career in Law - and about her plans for a summer tour of the coast.



We asked some locals about their lives in Apollo Bay.  Their responses are on this page.  They provide an interesting insight into the many facets of life in mainland Australia's most southerly village.  If you live – or even visit – Apollo Bay, we'd like to hear about your Apollo Bay too.  Send us a video, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will bring a camera to you.  We're especially interested in hearing from sporting clubs, special interest and social groups.


Discussion Group

Discussion Groups are generally held on the third Thursday of each month and are open to everyone.

If you haven't previously attended, the format is to choose a table and order dinner which is served after the presentation.  Following dinner there is an opportunity for questions and discussion.

See here for further details and check the What's On for speaker and topic details.


Television Reception in Apollo Bay

Television Reception in Apollo Bay 
- ACMA (slides from presentation on 10/3/15)

TV reception problems in Apollo Bay
- ACMA (10/3/15)

See this extensive article from Ted Stuckey.


Youth Referral and Independent Person Program

YRIPP logoThis is an exciting and engaging volunteer program that some might find interesting.  Click here for further details.


Oral Histories by Bryan Dwyer

Bryan has recorded a wonderful series of videos in which he interviews people about their lives and times in the Apollo Bay District.  Each narrative is complemented by original photographs from The Apollo Bay Historical Society, The Otway Districts Historical Society and from family albums.


abadhsWorld War 1 Stories

We have a wonderful collection of audio stories from the Apollo Bay & District Historical Society and 3 fantastic video tributes made by students from Apollo Bay P-12 College about some of the men & women of Apollo Bay who were involved in World War 1.


Rural Australians for Refugees

Refugees seeking asylum in Australia receive very limited assistance, have no work rights and no family support – they need help to live.  You can be of practical help by contributing to the DAILY NECESSITIES collection in Apollo Bay which will be sent to centres in Geelong for inclusion in "welcome packs" which are distributed to families.  See here for further details.

For more about the Apollo Bay Rural Australians for Refugees see here.

See also this collection of videos by Steve Sheers from the 2013 Warm Winter Words


Marj's List of Clubs & Groups

6th edition is now available.  If you would like a copy please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Support our Community Bankit starts with u 1b

The Apollo Bay and District Community Bank was set up for locals, by locals and with the support of local shareholders.  The SOLE PURPOSE of our Community Bank is to build the local economy and keep money in the local community where we need it the most.

The Community Bank offers exactly the same range of services and has the same guarantees as any other bank.  The difference is that 80% of our profits are retained for use in the Community.

YOU can help drive the local economy and support local infrastructure and community development through the simple act of shifting all or some of your banking to our Community Bank.  It's a drop in the ocean to the Big 4 but your money has real community power in the Community Bank.  We have the potential to be like Winchelsea, where the Community Bank is pouring literally hundreds of thousands of dollars into major local projects - but the only way we can do it is with your support.

Call in and see our local Bank Manager, Jenny Rippon, or line up a meeting with one of our Business Banking Consultants.

Our Community Bank® has contributed in excess of $130,000 in community contributions to date thanks to the support of our customers.

Support your Community Bank® to support your community.


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Colac and Apollo Bay restrictions lifted

See this Barwon Water Media Release for further details.


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