The State Government is pledging $4 million towards Stage One of the Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct.
The redevelopment of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club through the Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct project will deliver substantial financial benefits to our region and is a priority for G21 under our Cruise Ship Destination project.
The Geelong Waterfront will be a significant asset to the region, boosting recreational and tourism activities for both the local community and visitors alike.
The Safe Harbour initiative will bring economic and tourism benefits to Geelong, including creating a number of jobs in the region.
Regional Development Victoria and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have recognised the importance of this project to both regional development and promoting the use of public space and will both contribute towards the commitment.
The project will help improve community and recreational facilities in the area and increase public access to the open space of the Geelong waterfront.
The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is seeking State and Federal funding to contribute towards the project.
“This will be a transformational project for the waterfront area of Geelong. We now call on the Federal Government to provide funding to see this vital project become a reality,” said Minister for Environment Lisa Neville.
“This is an important project for the region which has the capacity to see more people visiting, spending money and enjoying time in Geelong. We want to help invest to see the marina become a high quality sporting facility and tourism attraction which also creates local jobs, said Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford.
“The Geelong Waterfront is already a popular destination with visitors. This upgrade will create renewed opportunities for local businesses and grow Geelong’s reputation as a world-class destination,” said Minister for Tourism & Major Events John Eren.
“This project will not only bring people to Geelong but provide a state of the art facility for schools and community groups,” said Member for Geelong Chris Couzens.
Source: State government media release