G21 welcomes CORA sports complex ‘go-ahead’

Economic Development Pillar

G21 welcomes a state government planning scheme amendment allowing the CORA world-class elite sport training and tourism facility to be built at Modewarre.

G21 CEO Elaine Carbines said the $350 million sports and training project is visionary and will have significant economic and employment benefits for the G21 region.

“G21 has provided strong support for the CORA project from early planning stages because of its potential for jobs and tourism.  It also has obvious synergies with existing sporting activities in the region and the state,” Ms Carbines said.

State Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s decision to allow the planning scheme amendment came after an extensive public consultation period and an independent panel review.

The CORA (Cape Otway Road Australia) project is proposed for a 220ha site off Cape Otway Road near lake Modewarre, south west of Geelong within Surf Coast Shire.

The complex will include multiple sports fields and facilities, hotel-style accommodation, eco-lodges, a wellness centre and sports science hub, retail and associated service facilities, restaurants and an organic farm.

“CORA will further cement this region’s elite international sporting reputation, potentially attracting the cream of the world’s sportspeople to the region,” Ms Carbines said.

“The complex will cater for nine of Australia’s 10 most popular sports, with state-of-the-art facilities including a sports science hub.  The site is perfectly located less than 30 kilometres from the Great Ocean Road and within easy reach of Avalon Airport.

“Similar facilities are located in the Northern hemisphere. However, CORA will be unique for its ability to cater to the training and preparation needs of elite sportspeople during the colder northern winter.  It is not a match-day venue and will not include stadiums or spectator events.

“CORA will also be an athlete training facility for national and local teams.  It plans to form partnerships with local schools and sporting clubs to provide access to its facilities.

“There are also opportunities for CORA to work with Deakin University’s highly respected Centre for Sport Research and the university’s courses in exercise and sports science.

“The project is estimated to create 1,000 construction jobs with a target of 70 per cent coming from the region.  CORA has also committed to prioritise locals for the estimated 300 ongoing jobs once the complex opens,” Ms Carbines said.

Biodiversity and water studies have been undertaken to ensure CORA protects and improves the environmental qualities of the site’s exiting wetlands and vegetation, including the habitat of the Growling Grass Frog.

CORA’s ambition is to gain an internationally recognised Environmentally Sustainable Design accreditation.

Construction is expected to take 24 months with an aim of being operational in 2023-24.

The CORA website is cora.net.au