The second annual progress report for the $382.48 million Geelong City Deal has been released.
Although there is still no news on the proposed Geelong Convention Centre, the Geelong waterfront is gradually being transformed. A major new feature for Geelong’s Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct, ‘Wangim Walk’ stretches out over Corio Bay to form one of Australia’s longest on-water walkways, providing a safe harbour for the Royal Geelong Yacht Club and inviting the public to walk out over the water.
Significant progress has been made on the Queenscliff Ferry Terminal with a new boardwalk and rock groyne already built and construction of a new terminal building underway. The terminal will improve ferry services and create opportunities for tourism, jobs and a more diverse economy.
The Twelve Apostles Precinct Redevelopment Project Plan was also endorsed, which includes a $23.4 million Private Sector Business Enablement Fund. The fund aims to progress public infrastructure projects that support businesses and activate private investment opportunities along the Shipwreck Coast, with applications under the first stage of the fund already coming through.
The $5 million Green Spine Block 1 project is progressing, with drainage, kerb and channel works between Gheringhap and Clare streets complete and final works underway.
The $3 million Geelong Train Station Upgrade is in its early stages, with brighter and more energy efficient LED lighting being installed throughout the station car parks and bus canopy to improve community safety.
There have been several major contracts awarded along the Great Ocean Road, including for the detailed design of the $12 million redevelopment of Apollo Bay Harbour, planning and design works for the $5 million Apollo Bay to Skenes Creek Coastal Trail and $1.9 million for tourism infrastructure at Kennett River.
The Geelong City Deal is a commitment from all three levels of government to deliver lasting infrastructure that helps to generate jobs, inject money into the local economy and increase the liveability of the city.