Federal election outcome benefits the G21 region
With the election of the Coalition government, we look forward to the fulfilment of pre-election commitments supporting six of our Priority Projects and two of our Pillar Projects:
- $14 million for Victoria’s first walk-in Adult Mental Health Centre in Corio.
- $20.85 million for Central Geelong revitalisation, including $12 million towards the Green Spine, $5 million for streetscape upgrades within the Arts and Cultural Precinct and $3 million towards Geelong Railway Station upgrades.
- $30 million towards a Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
- $12 million to implement the Apollo Bay Harbour Master Precinct Plan
- $57.5 million for the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan stage two implementation
- $5 million to design and implement the Great Ocean Walk stage one
- $350,000 for a feasibility study investigating the Great Ocean Walk stage two.
- $2 billion to deliver fast rail between Geelong and Melbourne, cutting the 80km journey in half to 32 minutes**
- $700 million to duplicate the rail line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds, including construction of second platforms and car parking at Marshall and South Geelong rail stations, a new rail bridge over the Barwon River and grade separation of the level crossings at Fyans Street and the Surf Cost Highway.
- $3.5 million towards the Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct redevelopment.
- $8 million for the Point Grey redevelopment.
- $10 million for a revamped ferry terminal at Queenscliff.
G21 advocated strongly for these projects in the long lead up to the election, well before party campaigning commenced. We are looking forward to their implementation.
The Coalition also committed to a range of other projects of significance to the G21 region.
This includes $50 million towards the proposed new Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Geelong, $10 million towards a new paediatric emergency department at Geelong University Hospital and $4 million for a new Headspace facility at Ocean Grove.
It also includes delivery of a new self-propelled howitzer artillery system for the Australian Army, with 30 units to be built and maintained in Geelong, which will create up to 350 jobs. This is a significant boost to local employment.
At a local level, G21 would like to congratulate Richard Marles MP who has been re-elected as the Federal Member for Corio, and both Sarah Henderson MP and Libby Coker, who continue to battle it out in Corangamite.
Whatever the results, G21 will continue to work closely with the Federal Coalition on projects of regional significance.
* Funding committed under the Geelong City Deal.
** Contingent on matching funding from the State Government.