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 living in 23,000 dwellings and providing 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 for services and infrastructure over a period of 20-30 years.

Funding is now required to implement additional 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 help to 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 Armstrong Creek School (primary P-6 and special P-12 school)
  • $20.2 million for Armstrong Creek West P-6 School
  • $3.9 million for the design and early works of the Armstrong Creek Secondary School
  • funding for land to build an Armstrong Creek CFA
  • $5 million to build Anam Cara Community Hospice
  • $160 million towards the Armstrong Creek Transit corridor, including railway corridor and business case preparation for duplication, associated works between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds and reservation of land for links to Torquay
  • Stage 1 of a Marshall Railway Station upgrade
  • $25.9 million to build Waurn Ponds Railway Station
  • $90.4 million to build Section 4C of the Geelong Ring Road (Anglesea Road to Surf Coast Hwy)
  • $4 million for a detailed corridor planning study determining alignment of Bellarine Link
  • funding to plan for Barwon Heads Road duplication.

What is required

A State and Federal Government commitment of:

  • $1.2 billion+ to provide necessary infrastructure and services for the new area (see below):
Critical funding requirements
Infrastructure
Funding Source
Funding Required

(estimate)

Barwon Heads Road duplication (Settlement Rd to Lower Duneed Rd) State / Fed Govt $500 million
Armstrong Creek Town Centre Emergency Services Hub (to accommodate the CFA, Police, Ambulance and a Regional Emergency Response Centre) State Govt $53 million
Armstrong Creek West Precinct Regional Sports Facility (various pitches and courts, including a pavilion, open space, a playground and car parking) Council / State Govt / Fed Govt $42 million
Total
$595 million
Infrastructure projects across the growth area
Infrastructure
Funding Source
Funding Required

(estimate)

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 $80 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   $315.5 million
Precinct-level infrastructure items needed to develop communities
Infrastructure
Funding Source
Funding Required

(estimate)

Primary Schools (6 at $20m ea) State / Fed Govt $100 million
Secondary School (3 at $35m ea) State / Fed Govt $101.1 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
Sparrowvale Wetlands environmental works Council / State $10 million
Total
 
$281.1 million

A commitment by State and Federal governments to embed GROW training, employment and procurement principles in all government projects within the region.