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Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre

The centrepiece project of the Geelong City Deal


The Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre precinct is the centrepiece project of the Geelong City Deal.

The precinct will feature a 200-room upscale hotel and commercial spaces, with a 1,000 seat plenary venue and 3,700 square metres of multi-purpose space which will allow small and large events to run concurrently.

There will also be opportunities to activate the precinct and create better connections to the Geelong CBD and Western Beach.

The Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre will be developed on a 1.6-hectare waterfront site, between Western Beach Road and Smythe Street in central Geelong.

The Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre will support 600 jobs during construction and an additional 270 ongoing jobs once complete. The hotel will further boost employment opportunities and strengthen the region’s visitor economy.

Development Victoria, the Victorian Government’s development agency, is delivering the project in partnership with Rural and Regional Victoria and the Geelong City Deal.

Community consultation has now closed, a summary can be found at Engage Victoria.

Three experienced teams are now developing their proposals following the extensive stakeholder and community consultation. The proposals will include master-planning of the entire precinct and detailed design for the convention and exhibition centre, public spaces and a 200-bed upscale hotel.

This procurement process is confidential and is undertaken between the Victorian Government and bidders. During this time, limited project updates will be available.

The preferred bidder will be announced mid-2023.

Frequently Asked Questions will continue to be updated.

Local businesses and suppliers can register their interest at the Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway.

For more information visit the Development Victoria Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre webpage.

Objectives of Program

The Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre will enhance Geelong’s position as a premier city and an events leader in Victoria by enabling more international events, exhibitors and attendees.

Funding Details

The Victorian Government is contributing $261 million to the project, with the Australian Government contributing $30 million and the City of Greater Geelong contributing $3 million – bringing the total project value to $294 million.

The Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre is part of the $500 million Geelong City Deal, a collaborative plan to transform Geelong and the Great Ocean Road by the Australian and Victorian Governments and local council.

Contact details

Geelong Regional Business Centre
Level 2, Harrison Place
237 Ryrie Street
Geelong VIC 3220
DX 216062
Tel: (+61 3) 5215 6000
Fax: (+61 3) 5215 6099


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