A plan for the Geelong City Deal has been launched, which outlines a $370 million building boost for Geelong and the broader Great Ocean Road region.
The Geelong City Deal Implementation Plan aims to provide a framework to grow tourism, improve economic diversification and build a thriving city centre.
The City Deal includes major projects, such as the upgrade of the Apollo Bay Harbour, Point Grey Lorne and the development of a coastal walk.
Planning will begin on a new 1000 seat waterfront convention and exhibition centre, with a project plan due mid-2020.
Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said the City Deal would mean more tourists and more jobs.
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“Earlier this year, we outlined our promises to rebuild the tourism infrastructure in this iconic part of the world; today, we commit to the Implementation Plan to make it happen,” he said.
“This is government working at its best when the three levels come together to agree a long-term master plan.”
Victorian Regional Development Minister Jaclyn Symes said all three levels of government were committed to achieving a shared vision for Geelong over the next 10 years through the City Deal.
“Revitalisation of central Geelong and the city’s waterfront under the City Deal will improve access, support tourism and enhance community activities and major events.”
Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said she was pleased to see a clear path forward for priority infrastructure projects in the Greater Geelong region.
“This is a beautiful part of Australia and projects under the City Deal recognise the need for world-class tourism infrastructure to ensure Geelong and its surrounds remain one of the nation’s most iconic tourist destinations well into the future,” she said.
Mayor of Greater Geelong Bruce Harwood said with sound plans in place, a number of important infrastructure initiatives can become a reality.
“This is an exciting time for the Greater Geelong region with projects under the Deal set to create employment opportunities for our growing community and attract more tourists to our clever and creative region,” Harwood said