Annual review of the Planning & Services Pillar
Redevelopment of the Apollo Bay Harbour has been given a boost following key funding commitments. After a $12 million City Deal investment, detailed design for the redevelopment, which aims to support growth in the visitor economy by facilitating tourism opportunities, will start early next year, accompanied by an Expression of Interest process for private investment. A concept Development Plan for the precinct is currently in development. The harbour also received $1.35 million State Government funding to dredge the main navigation channel and for other future-proofing improvements.
Central Geelong is benefiting from major transformation. After receiving $20.85 million in the City Deal, work will start early next year on projects that will revitalise the city centre including continuation of the Green Spine, a Geelong Train Station upgrade, renewed laneways, access improvements, new artwork and public realm enhancements.
This will complement the City of Greater Geelong’s new $102.5 million Mercer St headquarters. With 48 per cent of the site dedicated to accessible public space as well as co-working spaces, retail and food tenancies, the precinct will help deliver a vibrant city centre.
Construction of the Sparrovale Wetlands system in Armstrong Creek is about to commence. The world-class wetlands will provide significant environmental and community benefits, as well as provide a critical, end-of-line drainage solution for the Armstrong Creek growth area.
At the recommendation of the Pillar, the G21 Board has expanded the Armstrong Creek Priority Project to include the proposed Northern Geelong and Western Geelong growth areas. These two new growth areas will ultimately be home to 110,000 new residents. In the short term funding is needed to plan for the transport network to ensure the liveability of the region is protected.
From G21's Report to the Region