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Construction at Geelong's waterfront progresses


Aerial view of the Geelong waterfrontGeelong’s waterfront has been a flurry of construction activity of late.

And no wonder.

The $19.4 million initial stage of the $40 million-plus Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct revamp - which will include an expanded berth marina surrounded by a 425-metre floating walkway called a wave attenuator - is on track for completion by the end of 2020.

Design and planning for the Marine Education Complex (incorporating the Victorian Sailing School) and precinct public access is also being signed off, with construction to begin later this year.

The investment is partially funded by the 10-year $370 million Geelong City Deal launched in 2019, which brings together federal, state and local government with industry, higher education and the community to help Geelong economically diversify and grow its tourism sector. The Victorian Government has committed $170 million to the Deal.

When it does open, the safe harbour project will build on the area’s marine recreation activities.

The city has a stack of experience on that front already: it’s home to the Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong, the annual $14 million Festival of Sails that attracts 3,000 participants and 110,000 visitors plus state, national and world championship sailing events.

Avalon Airport, meanwhile, will be offering international flights, which will further connect Geelong’s revitalised harbour with the rest of the world.

Read more about the Geelong City Deal.

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