Local suppliers for Convention Centre build

Economic Development Pillar

A re-elected Labor State Government would ensure local jobs and businesses were put first when building the Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford joined Member for Geelong Christine Couzens and Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today (10 Oct 2018) to announce that a Geelong Cenvention Centre would be a 'state strategic project' – ensuring local businesses and workers would play a big role during construction.

Declaring the build a strategic project means a developer would be required to use 90 per cent local content, under the Labor Government’s Local Jobs First policy.

Local content includes labour, building materials and fittings like concrete, glass and steel, as well as professional services like engineering and design. The project has the potential to create up to 600 jobs during construction.

The State Government had announced $153.2 million in funding to the project through the Geelong City Deal, yet the Federal Government had not committed funds for a convention centre nine months after signing a city Deal Memorandum of Understanding.

Deakin University’s waterfront car park site has been identified as the preferred site for the 1000-seat convention centre, which would stimulate tourism and business growth for the Geelong region.

The Convention Centre will deliver an estimated $350 million to the regional economy during construction and $50 million to the region once operational, with the potential to create 270 ongoing jobs in the region.

To date, the Government has set local content requirements for 100 strategic projects totalling $58 billion, with hundreds of local businesses and thousands of workers benefiting across the state.

Source: A state government media release