Geelong City Deal ready for rollout with the launch of Implementation Plan09/10/2019
Delivery milestones for projects slated under Victoria’s first City Deal have been released following the launch of the Geelong City Deal Implementation Plan yesterday.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure joined Victorian Minister for Regional Development and Mayor of Greater Geelong to sign the Implementation Plan - marking the beginning of a 10-year plan to revitalise Geelong.
The $370 million Geelong City Deal brings together all three levels of government with industry, the higher education sector and the community to support Geelong’s continued economic diversification and tourism growth.
The Victorian Government has committed $170 million to the Geelong City Deal which will unlock the tourism and economic potential of Geelong and the Great Ocean Road region.
This Implementation Plan (PDF File, 15.7 MB) sets out the commitments and delivery milestones for the projects and initiatives under the City Deal including:
- Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre Precinct;
- Revitalisation of central Geelong and the city’s waterfront;
- Delivery of priority tourism infrastructure projects along the Great Ocean Road and Shipwreck Coast;
- Redevelopment of the Queenscliff Ferry Terminal;
- Expansion of Deakin University’s Geelong Future Economy Precinct; and
- A commitment to support Indigenous, local and social employment and procurement opportunities.
As Victoria’s second-largest city and Australia’s second fastest growing city, significant investment and a whole-of-government approach is required to support Geelong to grow and create new opportunities for more people to live, work and invest in the Great South Coast region.
The Geelong City Deal will facilitate new private investment, creating businesses and jobs that will allow the region to benefit from its natural assets, and encourage visitors to spend more time in the region. Through the City Deal, Geelong will be looked to as a benchmark for success by transitioning economies around the country.
The launch of the Implementation Plan means planning can now begin on a new 1,000-seat waterfront convention and exhibition centre, set to enhance Geelong’s position as a premier city. A revised business case and an agreed project plan is due by mid-2020.
Work can also progress on the $19.1 million Geelong Safe Harbour Project – part of the broader Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct, which aims to install a new, publicly accessible wave attenuator. This will replace the marina’s ailing western wall.
This will make the harbour safer and ensure it remains the centre point of recreational marine-based activity in Geelong and Corio Bay.
Delivery milestones for all projects and initiatives under the Geelong City Deal can be found in the Implementation Plan (PDF File, 15.7 MB).