Regional Development VictoriaRDA Barwon South West

State Government of Victoria

Regional Development Australia Fund

Total Project Cost:  $126,450,000
RDAF Grants:            $25,550,000

Lake Hamilton playgroundLake Hamilton Regional All Abilities Playground and Foreshore Redevelopment

RDAF Grant:  $1,050,000          Total project cost:  $1,660,000

The project delivered a variety of structures, play equipment, furniture and shared pathways designed to provide a more accessible and inclusive environment for people of varying levels of ability with the aim of encouraging exercise and attract local communities to participate in recreational activity. This new focal point for the community includes picnic shelters and tables, BBQs, a boardwalk and jetty, retaining walls, seating, garden beds, play areas, a facilities block, pathways, parking and numerous sculptural pieces.

Geelong Library & Heritage CentreThe new Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

RDAF Grant:  $10,000,000          Total project cost:  $45,000,000

The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre (GHLC) will be the community and civic anchor of the Geelong Cultural Precinct.  The facility will provide child and youth discovery zones, community reading areas, multimedia zones, community IT areas, library collections, community meeting rooms, and an auditorium. The Centre will also provide access to career resources, create an informed community, focus on cultural and artistic development and provide free and universal access to IT infrastructure, digital literacy and technological resources.

Skilled StadiumSkilled Stadium Redevelopment – Stage 3 Southern Stand & Lights

RDAF Grant:  $10,000,000          Total project cost:  $46,000,000

The development included a new stand, incorporating a community wellness and education centre, increasing the capacity of the stadium by more than 7,000 to 34,500. The installation of lights at the Stadium has given the broader Geelong community access to high quality sport and events not previously available in Geelong. The project also delivered a sports museum, permanent broadcast screens, improved food and beverage facilities for spectators and a member’s lounge.

Leopold Community Hub Leopold Community Hub - Stage 1

RDAF Grant:  $500,000          Total project cost:  $16,200,000

Located in one of the fastest growing residential areas in Geelong, the community hub concept is based on co-locating a range of community facilities in the one centre to provide a single access point for Council provided services with the potential to enhance the health and well-being of residents in the area. The Leopold Community Hub will provide an Integrated Early Years’ Service that includes maternal and child health, kindergarten and long-day care, as well as a toy library and multi-purpose space.

Skate ParkBanyul Warri Fields – Stage 2 Youth Recreation and Play Zone

RDAF Grant:  $500,000          Total project cost:  $3,800,000

Project description: This project is situated in the new community and civic precinct in north Torquay. This project will deliver a range of recreation facilities for children and young people in the area including playgrounds for toddlers and primary school children and a skate park.  These facilities will encourage an active generation of youths in the community.

Point Lonsdale Village foreshore Point Lonsdale Village Foreshore Revitalisation – Stage 2

RDAF Grant:  $500,000          Total project cost:  $1,675,000

Nearing completion, this project will rejuvenate the Point Lonsdale Village and foreshore to create an enhanced visual character and provide a range of amenities that respond to the area's role as both a small town and significant coastal attraction.  The scope of work includes under grounding of power lines, access improvements and new foreshore amenities including seating, picnic tables, outdoor showers and bbq facilities.

GCEIDGeelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease (GCEID) Construction of Research Hub Project

RDAF Grant:  $3,000,000          Total project cost:  $12,125,000

The Centre will co-locate multi-disciplinary teams to work on the many challenges of emerging infectious diseases, adopting world's best practice in their research on the movement of diseases between wildlife, livestock and human populations.
Research at the Centre will include initiatives which aim to safe guard the health of staff in high-risk occupations such as abattoir workers, stock transporters and hide processors, and their research could go so far as saving lives in the event of a pandemic.
Co‐location of clinicians, researchers and animal specialists will stimulate regional biotech investment, mitigate economic risk of zoonotic disease outbreaks and is world’s best practice.


Regional Matters Spotlight

Last Updated: 15 April 2016