Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct (GREP)

Economic Development Pillar

The Need

The Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct (GREP) is Victoria’s primary location for large, value adding manufacturing. It is ideally located to cater for the markets of Geelong, metropolitan Melbourne and Western Victoria and has direct access to the Geelong Ring Road, Princes Freeway, Avalon Airport, Geelong Port and major rail lines.

This project aims to deliver primary road and drainage infrastructure at the GREP, which will facilitate intensive and sustainable development.

Heales Road and Broderick Road are key GREP access roads. Both are in urgent need of upgrading to industrial standard to cater for growth and productivity.

Heales Road is the long-term strategic route to the Port of Geelong, while Broderick Road provides main access to the Princes Freeway. In their current condition the roads are neither strong enough nor wide enough to cater for the projected growth in truck volumes and mass.

Approximately 70 per cent of the GREP is developed or under development. It is critical that investment in infrastructure keeps up with – and does not limit – growth.

Importantly, GREP is conveniently located near the suburbs of Corio and Norlane which are experiencing high unemployment rates, and could offer significant future job opportunities for nearby residents.

GREP is particularly valuable for businesses that produce goods for export and that have a strategic relationship with the Geelong Port. Due to constraints on land availability at the Port, the GREP is the preferred location for Port users who do not need wharf-side sites.

Project Aim

The timely delivery of main road and drainage infrastructure is the primary barrier to rapid development of the GREP.

Upgrades to two key GREP access roads are required to cater for growth and productivity.

Heales Road is the long-term strategic route to the Port of Geelong, while Broderick Road provides main access to the Princes Freeway. In their current condition, the roads are neither strong enough nor wide enough to cater for the projected growth in truck volumes and mass.

Project Champion

Keelie Hamilton, Acting Manager Enterprise Geelong, City of Greater Geelong.

Benefits for Victoria and the G21 region

The GREP will:

  • provide some of the only large block industrial 2 land for major industries within Victoria
    provide significant employment opportunities in a large industrial estate close to communities adversely affected by unemployment
    provide development ready land with easy access to roads, air and sea ports
    create a state of the art industrial estate that is fibre ready, caters for sustainable transport access and uses water sensitive design principles.

Upgrades to Heales Road and Broderick Road will:

  • boost efficiency and productivity of the transport and logistics sector
  • benefit Port of Geelong users and support growth

And help stimulate economic impact of the GREP by:

  • injecting $2.9 billion of output (revenue) into the local economy
  • contribute $454.7 million annually to Gross Regional Product.
     

What has been committed

The State Government has committed

  • $2 million to rebuild O’Briens Road to required industrial precinct standards, catering for heavy freight traffic.
  • $500,000 for the Elcho Drainage Scheme.

What is required

A State and Federal Government commitment of:

  • $12 million to reconstruct Heales Road; 2.9 kilometres of industrial standard road between Bacchus Marsh Road and Forest Road South
  • $7 million to reconstruct Broderick Road; 1.2 kilometres of industrial standard road between the southern boundary of 90-100 Production Way and the Princes Freeway overpass.

Further works will take place in staged progression.