Funds for G21 region under Building Better Regions


Almost $7.6 million is being pumped into the local economy for community and infrastructure projects following announcements from round two of the Building Better Regions Fund.

The ‘Infrastructure Projects Stream’ supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional areas.

Successful applicants were:

  • $5 million to the Surf Coast Shire to build three multi-purpose indoor sports courts at Surf Coast Secondary College (project cost $12.75 million).
  • $1.5 million to Cottage by the Sea to renovate and restore their Flinders Street building (project cost $3 million).
  • $360,500 to the Surf Coast Shire towards the Banyul Warri Fields - Yuurrok Soccer Pitch and Lighting Project (project cost $721,000).
  • $180,000 to the Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre to make their community pool an indoor, heated aquatic Centre. (project cost $400,150).
  • $269,000 to the Geelong Touch Association to install light towers at King Lloyd Reserve (project cost $299,000).

The ‘Community Investment Stream’ supports projects that aim to drive economic growth and transform communities.

Five local projects were successful:

  • $100,000 to the City of Greater Geelong to develop a Strategic Plan for Use and Management of Geelong's Heritage Assets (project cost $225,000).
  • $100,000 to the Colac Otway Shire to create the Forrest Mountain Bike Trails Detailed Design Plan (project cost $200,000). This is a G21 Priority Project under our Great Ocean Road project.
  • $35,000 to Bellarine Community Health to develop a Bellarine region wide collaboration that builds regional leadership capacity (project cost $70,000).
  • $20,000 to the G21 Agribusiness Forum for the G21 Provincial Food Showcase, a regional food exhibition on the Bellarine Peninsula.
  • $19,260 to Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce to fund four bus tours as a new element of the 2018 WinterWild festival.

A full list of successful round two projects are available at