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Barwon Regional Partnership welcomes the Victorian Budget 2018/19


The Barwon Regional Partnership has welcomed the investment in the region from the 2018/19 Victorian Budget.

Barwon Regional Partnership Chair Kylie Warne said in November 2017 the Barwon Regional Partnership presented the region’s priorities to the Victorian Government, following an annual community consultation process.

“Our key priorities included investment in Central Geelong (including building the Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre) and the Great Ocean Road through leveraging the City Deal, supporting scale up of small business, interventions to raise educational aspirations and improvement education engagement and achievement rates, and committing funding towards the Northern Arc and Wellbeing Hub.

Ms Warne said the Victorian Government has responded with:

  • $153.2 million for the Geelong City Deal, including funding towards implementation of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan Stage 2, development of the Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre and the revitalisation of central Geelong
  • $1.6 million for Skilling the Bay to raise education attainment levels and improve pathways to employment in our region
  • $1.3 million for Runway Geelong to grow industry and jobs and to support scaleups, innovation and research
  • $2.8 million for the coordination and expansion of The Geelong Project – centralising youth support and delivering pre-crisis help across 4 more government secondary schools in Barwon.
In addition the Barwon Partnership are pleased to see other projects funded in our region that align with our themes and priorities such as:

  • $50 million for detailed planning and technical investigation for the Geelong fast rail
  • $35.6 million to build and upgrade schools in our region
  • $4.8 million to prepare the Barwon region for climate change, including maintenance and renewal of our public land coastal infrastructure, and a share of $11 million to protect significant parks, wetlands and waterways in the Surf Coast and Bellarine.

“With this budget, the Government has listened to what matters to the Barwon community and the feedback from our Partnership members.”

Ms Warne said the Barwon community will have more opportunity to tell the partnership members, Government Ministers and representatives about what is important to their region at our third Regional Assembly to be held in Wallington on 19 July.


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