The Gee-Longest Kick down revitalised Green Spine

Economic Development Pillar

The latest project from the Revitalising Central Geelong partnership is all set to ‘kick-off’ with stage one of the Malop Street Green Spine now complete.

To celebrate the milestone, Revitalising Central Geelong is holding a street party on Sunday 12 August from 11.30am to 1.30pm, with an AFL kicking competition as the main event.

The Gee-Longest Kick will also include an AFL clinic for kids, street performers, musicians and bicycle maintenance workshops.

Open to representatives from all senior AFL Barwon clubs, plus the Cats AFL and VFL teams, the kicking competition will see footballs kicked down the middle of Malop Street. Malop Street, between Moorabool and Yarra Streets, will be closed to traffic for the event.

The $8 million stage one of the Green Spine project is an extensive redevelopment and includes a spectacular eight-metre-wide botanic walk on the south side of the street, complemented by more trees and plantings on the north side, separated bike lanes and a complete rebuilding of the roadway.

Co-funded by the State Government and the City of Greater Geelong, the Green Spine is a key project in the 10-year Revitalising Central Geelong Action Plan, implementation of which is a G21 Priority Project.

The Green Spine is just one of a significant number of current and completed projects to transform central Geelong, including the Laneways Project, the Johnstone Park Raingarden and the Little Malop Street Bridge.

Acting Minister for Planning Lily D’Ambrosio said recently the Green Spine project was transforming Central Geelong and restoring one of central Geelong’s oldest roads to meet the demands of a modern city.

"With a series of different alfresco, seating and gathering spaces, the Malop Street Green Spine is a great place for people to relax, meet friends, shop, eat, walk and watch the world go by,” Ms D'Ambrosio said.

City of Greater Geelong Mayor Cr Bruce Harwood said it was "one of the most significant projects in central Geelong’s history and will help transform our city into a clever and creative city for generations to come."

"It is fabulous to see the vision from the community feedback in the Vision 2 process take form with Malop Street becoming a lively and inviting street and a linear botanic park, connecting Johnstone Park to Eastern Park,” Cr Harwood said.

The Terms and Conditions for the Gee-Longest Kick can be viewed here.