Victoria Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell
Planning For The Future Of Ocean Grove Town Centre
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell today announced that the Victorian Coalition Government would provide $100,000 towards planning for the future of Ocean Grove’s town centre.
Representing Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan at today’s announcement, Mrs. Powell said an urban design framework and implementation plan would be prepared to guide development as the town grows.
“Ocean Grove’s population is expected to rise from its current level of 12,500 up to 21,000 by 2020 and this project will help council meet this challenge while also providing certainty for investment and the community.” Mrs. Powell said.
“Once completed, this framework will outline the size and scale of future development in the Ocean Grove town centre and inform the preparation of a clear plan for its expansion.”
“Expanding the town centre in a way that is functional and attractive will be crucial to accommodate the expected growth of the town, ensuring that Ocean Grove remains liveable and can support increased economic activity that will result from a larger population base.”
Mrs. Powell said the Coalition Government’s contribution would be matched by Greater Geelong City Council to enable the $200,000 project to proceed immediately.
“The Council will engage external experts to consult widely with local stakeholders, including through an Enquiry by Design.” Mrs. Powell said.
Minister for Planning Matthew Guy welcomed the funding announcement.
“There is significant development potential to be unlocked in the Ocean Grove town centre and it is important to provide the community with an opportunity to have their say about the future of their town.” Mr. Guy said.
Mr. Ryan said Coalition Government support for the project was being provided through the $1 Billion Regional Growth Fund funding which has been quarantined for use in regional and rural Victoria.
“Since the Regional Growth Fund began in July 2011, a total of more than $290 Million has been invested in almost 1,000 projects worth over $978 Million across regional Victoria.” Mr. Ryan said.
“It highlights the importance that the Coalition Government places on regional and rural Victoria and regional and rural Victorians.”