Geelong region scores more than $150 million in 2011-12 State Budget
Elaine Carbines, CEO of G21 – Geelong Region Alliance, welcomed the Baillieu Government’s first budget and commitments to the Geelong region:
- $34.9 million for construction of a new secondary college at Torquay
- $25 million for the stage three redevelopment at Skilled Stadium
- $15 million for the Geelong Cultural Precinct
- $15 million for overtaking lanes on the Princes Highway West of Colac
- $10 million for a rail passing loop on the Marshall to Warrnambool line
- $8.3 million for the expansion of the Geelong Hospital
- $5.7 million to progress development of an airport precinct master plan for Avalon Airport and for a contribution towards a jet fuel pipeline for the Airport
- $5.25 million for the purchase of land for a new primary school in Torquay
- $5 million for planning works on duplication of the Princes Highway from Colac to Winchelsea
- $5 million for the first stage of the Pioneer Road upgrade
- $3 million to construct noise barriers on the Geelong Ring Road
- $3 million to start planning a direct rail link to Avalon Airport
- $2 million to investigate reviving rail connections between Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo
- $2 million to secure land for a future aged care facility in Geelong
- $2 million for the Grovedale Early Learning Hub
- $2 million for the design, tendering and site preparation for planned major upgrades at the Geelong campus at the Gordon Institute of TAFE
- $2 million to examine the feasibility of relocating car stevedoring functions from Melbourne (Webb Dock) to Geelong
- $1 million for the Barwon Heads kindergarten
- $800k to expand the Geelong Manufacturing Council’s partnership with Deakin
- $500k for the Torquay kindergarten
- $500k to undertake a feasibility study and analysis of securing the rights to host the Red Bull Air Race in Geelong
- $150k for a feasibility study to identify possible sites for a new Geelong Regional Airport.
Funding has also been committed towards the:
- Purchase of land for a police station at Waurn Ponds
- Planning for a new railway station at Grovedale
- Redevelopment of a secondary college at Colac.
The Baillieu Government also announced that they are committed to
- Supporting the development of Geelong as an international aerospace, defence and aviation hub
- The Regional Rail Link connection with Melbourne
- Deploying protective service officers at Geelong railway station.
“We are very pleased with the allocation of funding and in-principle support made within the 2011-12 State Budget toward several of our region’s Priority Projects, including the Geelong Cultural Precinct, Skilled Stadium, Avalon Airport, Princes Highway West, Transport Links and Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area,” said Elaine Carbines CEO of G21.
“All of these projects are vital to the ongoing prosperity and future of the Geelong region. They have all been developed to help improve people’s lives within our region,” she said.
“We also welcome the establishment of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund, highlighted in the State Budget, which will be a vital funding source for our region’s Priority Projects,” said Ms Carbines.
“We look forward to working with the State Government on other essential G21 Priority Projects including Addressing Disadvantage, Portarlington Safe Harbour, Geelong Ring Road Connections, Convention and Exhibition Centre, Apollo Bay Harbour Precinct, Regional Research and Information Centre, Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct and Geelong Cruise Ship Destination in the near future,” said Ms Carbines.