The Pillar met on April 13 2021 via zoom.
- Central Geelong Revitalisation – Josef Vass, Department of Transport.
- Inquiry into the use of school buses for regional and rural Victoria – Guy Wilson-Browne, City of Greater Geelong.
- Bay 2 Beach connection update – Daniel Weil and Alex Iljin, Bay 2 Beach Connection.
- Update on the active transport progress for the G21 region – Jarrod Malone, City of Greater Geelong.
- Update on the development and implementation of the Geelong Freight Network with key discussion around delays and how the Transport Pillar was best able to support the project and assist with implementation. It was noted that the Pillar would review the proposed network plan and endorse the project if it aligns with Pillar goals.
- Update on Geelong Green Spine project which will ultimately connect Johnstone Park to Eastern Park and the Botanic Gardens via six blocks along Malop Street. It was noted that block 1 has commenced with works due to be completed in early October 2021.
- Presentation on the proposed Bay 2 Beach connection. The proposal is for a 23km on road public transport option linking Corio Bay, Geelong to Torquay Surf beach. The plan utilises the current Armstrong Creek corridor and proposes 18 stations approximately 1km apart with either a rapid bus transit, light rail transit or trackless tram service.
- Update on Active Transport Progress for the G21 region including the Building Better Bike connections and an update on the Shared Trails Masterplan.
Projects for focus during the year include:
- Regional rail connections
- G21 regional road connections
- G21 Integrated Transport Strategy
- Centre for Transport and mobility trials and innovation
- Geelong railway station redevelopment
- Great ocean road upgrade
- Queenscliff to Sorrento ferry terminal
- Transport connection to Avalon airport
- Transport links to Melbourne.
We will continue to advocate across these with a strong focus on developing the G21 region Integrated Transport Plan and exploring the opportunities for innovation and trials for our region.
August 10 2021, 09.00 am – 10:30 pm via zoom.