Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area

Planning and Services Pillar

The Need

The G21 region is experiencing strong population growth. Several development projects are being delivered across the region to accommodate this growth, by far the largest being Armstrong Creek.

The City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) commenced the planning of the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area in recognition of the urgent need for additional residential land supply in the G21 region. The urban development of the 2,600 hectares of farming land at Armstrong Creek will accommodate the bulk of Geelong and the region’s growth in the near future and provides the opportunity to develop a community that is sustainable economically, environmentally and socially and set new standards in best practice urban development.

Armstrong Creek will ultimately accommodate approximately 60,000 people and provide approximately 22,000 jobs in one of the largest contiguous growth areas in Victoria. The very scale of this development has required strong coordination with State Government because of the major commitment that will be required to provide services and infrastructure over a period of 20-30 years.

Funding is now required to implement critical civil and social infrastructure.

Project aims

The Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area is one of the largest contiguous urban developments in Victoria and provides the opportunity to apply the most progressive and innovative planning and engineering methods.

Implementation of civil and social infrastructure will develop a community that is sustainable economically, environmentally and socially and set new standards in best practice urban development. Critical to its development are:

  • Community facilities and services, education services and health services
  • Housing Diversity - a wide range of housing options to meet the needs of a diverse population
  • Integrated open space network - active and passive open space, waterways, wetlands, bushland
  • Transport and movement - access to sustainable and active transportation infrastructure
  • Integrated Water Management Systems – to encourage efficient and sustainable water use
  • Utilities Plan - well-planned, strategically located infrastructure for electricity, gas, telecommunications, water and roads.

Project Champion

Tim Hellsten, Manager Planning Strategy and Urban Growth, City of Greater Geelong.

What has been committed

The state and federal governments have committed:

  • $10.4 million for Armstrong Creek initial services
  • $32 million to build a primary school and a special needs school (open 2018)
  • $26 million to build Waurn Ponds Railway Station (complete)
  • $20 million Armstrong Creek West Primary School
  • $13.6 million to build a Waurn Ponds Police and SES Emergency Station (complete)
  • a public hospital service from the Waurn Ponds Epworth
  • Stage 1 of a Marshall Railway Station upgrade
  • $90.4 million to build Section 4C of the Geelong Ring Road (Anglesea Road to Surf Coast Hwy)
  • $5 million to develop the 20-bed Anam Cara Community Hospice
  • $4 million for a detailed corridor planning study determining alignment of Bellarine Link
  • $4 million to plan for railway duplication between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds. Unspecified State Government commitment in 2017-18 Budget, $100 million committed in 2017-18 Federal Budget.
  • $3 million to investigate transport options for Armstrong Creek
  • funding to plan for the Barwon Heads Road duplication.

What is required

A State and Federal Government commitment of:

  • $903 million to provide necessary infrastructure and services for the new area (see below).
Critical funding requirements
Infrastructure
Funding Source
Funding Required
Barwon Heads Road duplication (Settlement Rd to Lower Duneed Rd) State / Fed Govt $200 million
Armstrong Creek Town Centre Emergency Services Hub (to accommodate the CFA, Police, Ambulance and a Regional Emergency Response Centre) State Govt $55 million
Armstrong Creek West Precinct Regional Soccer Facility (7 pitches including a-class facility and pavilion) Council / State Govt / Fed Govt $42 million
Total
$297 million
Infrastructure projects across the growth area
Infrastructure
Funding Source
Funding Required
Bellarine Link (Stage 1, Baanip Blvd to Barwon Heads Rd) State / Fed Govt $60 million
Waurn Ponds Railway Station (Stage 2a, underpass and southern carpark) State / Fed Govt $7 million
Waurn Ponds Railway Station (Stage 2b, new platforms, augmented station facilities and additional carparking) State / Fed Govt $68 million
Duplication of rail line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds State / Fed Govt TBC
Marshall Railway Station expansion (including amenities upgrade) State / Fed Govt $20 million
Rail spur line to Armstrong Creek Town Centre and construction of Armstrong Creek Town Centre Railway Station State / Fed Govt $130 million
Two overpasses for pedestrian and cyclist between Armstrong Creek and Grovedale State / Fed Govt $6 million
Armstrong Creek growth area bus network State / Fed Govt $12.5 million
Total   $303.5 million
Precinct level infrastructure items needed to develop communities
Infrastructure
Funding Source
Funding Required
Primary Schools (6 at $20m ea) State / Fed Govt $120 million
Secondary School (3 at $35m ea) State / Fed Govt $105 million
Health Centres Private / State $19 million
Armstrong Creek Town Centre Aquatic Centre Council / State / Fed Govt $25 million
Armstrong Creek Town Centre Regional Library State / Fed Govt $13 million
Armstrong Creek Town Centre Indoor Regional High Balls Sports Facility Council / State / Fed Govt $13 million
Armstrong Creek West Precinct Regional Tennis Complex (10-18 courts and pavilion with administration base) Council / State / Fed Govt $7.5 million
Total
 
$302.5 million