New Geelong Action Plan To Include Long Awaited Convention Centre

New Geelong Action Plan To Include Long Awaited Convention Centre

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews

Geelong Convention Centre A Step Closer

Victor P Taffa

The Andrews Government is getting on with delivering jobs and development opportunities for Geelong with a new Geelong Action Plan and the business case for the much talked about convention centre.

“Geelong is a proud city with a bright future and we’ll help write its next chapter delivering jobs, prosperity and making it an even better place to live.” Premier Daniel Andrews said.

“People have long talked about a Convention Centre for Geelong. The time for talk is over. We’re getting the crucially needed planning and business case done, so we can consider it ahead of the next budget.”

 

Deakin University’s waterfront car park site will be the focus of a business study for a 1,000 seat convention centre, which would stimulate tourism and business growth for the Geelong region.

“The Andrews Government is planning for growth so that Geelong can create new opportunities and become an even more attractive destination for new residents and investment.” Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said.

The proposal will include a conference venue with the capacity for 1,000 people, 3,000 sqm of exhibition space, banquet facilities, meeting rooms, a business centre and retail outlets.

“The new convention centre will help renew the CBD, strengthen tourism, and create crucial jobs.” Member for Geelong Christine Couzens said.

The State Government will invest $1 Million in developing plans for the convention centre, with the completed business case to be considered as part of the 2017/18 Victorian Budget.

Previous work suggests a convention centre would deliver an estimated $350 Million to the regional economy during construction and $50 Million to the region once operational, including 600 jobs during construction and 270 ongoing jobs in the region.

“Greater Geelong is a fantastic place to live, work and does business and with this plan, we’ll ensure Geelong continues to go from strength to strength.” Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville said.

The State Government’s Geelong Action Plan is a 10-year agenda to renew central Geelong and boost local jobs.

“Whether its upgrading Simonds Stadium or ensuring local kids have the schools to match their potential, we’re working hard each and every day to deliver jobs, skills and better outcomes for the Geelong community.” Member for Lara John Eren said.

Short-term initiatives will be supported with $3 Million from Regional Development Victoria and $2.8 Million from the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including projects that improve Geelong’s public spaces like the Malop Street Green Spine project.

The Andrews Government has invested more than $170 Million in projects across Greater Geelong including redeveloping Simonds Stadium and the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, as well as upgrading schools such as Geelong High, Matthew Flinders Secondary and Bellarine Secondary, so students can get the very best education.