The federal and state governments are investing in public infrastructure projects that will boost private investment along the Shipwreck Coast through the $23.4 million Geelong City Deal Private Sector Business Enablement Fund.
The Private Sector Business Enablement Fund is a key component of the $108.15 million Shipwreck Coast Priority Projects, which seeks to support investment in priority projects to improve facilities and help to boost tourism across the region, particularly for when international travel resumes.
The Shipwreck Coast Priority Projects are a series of initiatives funded within the Geelong City Deal – a $382.48 million commitment between the Australian and Victorian governments and the City of Greater Geelong to revitalise the city and regional economy by helping the region to capitalise on its natural assets and encouraging visitors to spend more time in the region.
The new Fund will give priority to projects that are investment-ready, including upgrades for roads, power, bridges and communications, to ensure shovels in the ground sooner and to help to drive economic activity as we continue our recovery from the global pandemic.
Successful projects will complement the development of the new Visitor Experience Centre at the Twelve Apostles, providing an improved, safer and more connected experience for visitors.
Projects will be initially assessed via an Expression of Interest process conducted through Regional Development Victoria, leading to a formal invitation to apply.
Expressions of Interest close at 5.00pm AEST on Friday, 18 June 2021.
Source: A joint federal and state government media release