Barham River water supply catchment

Barwon Water is seeking to place a permanent environmental significance overlay on the Barham River declared water supply catchment near Apollo Bay.

An interim overlay has applied since 2005 and will expire next year. We have proposed an amendment to Colac Otway Shire's planning scheme which would make the overlay permanent.

The proposed amendment makes sure the declared water supply catchment is easily identified within the planning scheme and ensures water quality protection is taken into account when land use or development applications are considered by the Colac Otway Shire.

The amendment does not introduce any new regulations that would restrict future development. Proposals within the catchment already require a planning permit under the Colac Otway Planning Scheme and must comply with Victorian Government policies.


Have your say

The proposed amendment is now on public exhibition.

Feedback is welcome until Monday 12 November 2012.

Colac Otway Planning Scheme Amendment C62 and associated documents 

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 Hard copies of the proposed amendment and associated documents are also available at:

  • Colac Otway Shire Service Centre, 69 Nelson Street, Apollo Bay
  • Barwon Water, 61-67 Ryrie Street, Geelong
  • Barwon Water, 33 Bromfield Street, Colac.

Feedback received will be considered by Barwon Water in developing a final submission to the Victorian Planning Minister.

If approved, the amendment will be formally gazetted and incorporated into the Colac Otway Planning Scheme.


More information

We are holding an information kiosk to give landowners an opportunity to find out more about the amendment.


9.00 am — 1.00 pm

Saturday 13 October 2012


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