Firm: Hall & Wilcox (Conservation Ecology Centre)
Deal: Conservation Ecology Centre (CEC) has been advised on a Victorian ecotourism initiative, which is set to be a landmark on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.
Area: Projects and infrastructure
Key players: The Hall & Wilcox legal team who advised on this deal included special counsel Matthew Bridges.
Deal significance: According to a statement from Hall & Wilcox, the landmark on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road has been granted council approval and government funding.
“The attraction will be based on a spectacular 20-hectare property near Apollo Bay and be operated by the non-profit Conservation Ecology Centre (CEC),” the firm’s statement said.
The venture will provide a unique sanctuary for native flora and fauna, and allow “visitors to experience the unique environment of the Otways up close and predator-free”, according to CEC.
Hall & Wilcox special counsel Matthew Bridges, who is also a member of CEC’s advisory board, said the project has been several years in the making.
“We’ve really enjoyed working with CEC and helping them to navigate a course to bring their exciting vision to fruition,” Mr Bridges said.
“It has also been great to introduce CEC to members of our network who have since become closely involved in the project.
“It’s a special project to be involved with – CEC is really well placed to deliver an outstanding tourism experience on the Great Ocean Road. We are looking forward to continuing to work with the CEC team as the project really starts to ramp up in the coming months.”
In addition, Mr Bridges said the firm took great satisfaction in the CEC gaining approval for the ecotourism project.
“We find our work with the CEC incredibly rewarding,” he said.
“The development is going to be a big thing for Apollo Bay. The project has attracted great community support, as well as government interest and support at all levels.
“It’s going to create local jobs, provide a unique tourism experience on the Great Ocean Road, and generate funds to support CEC’s leading conservation and research work in the Otways region.”