The business law firm has advised on the non-profit Conservation Ecology Centre (CEC), which has been granted council approval and government funding. The centre will be a sanctuary for native flora and fauna and will enable visitors to experience the Otways environment up close and without predators.
Matthew Bridges, a Hall & Wilcox special counsel and a member of the CEC board, said that the project has been in the making for several years. The firm has helped the CEC pro bono since 2012.
“We’ve really enjoyed working with CEC and helping them to navigate a course to bring their exciting vision to fruition. It has also been great to introduce CEC to members of our network who have since become closely involved in the project,” Bridges said.
“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,” he said.
Hall & Wilcox earlier helped the CEC establish a joint venture agreement with a local brewery and acquire a farmland parcel at Cape Otway. All of these have been rewarding projects for the firm, Bridges said.
“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.”
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