Geelong region growth plans unveiled
Two major new growth areas to Geelong’s north and west are a step closer to reality, after Greater Geelong Council endorsed a framework plan for both areas.
The Northern and Western Geelong Growth Areas will together have the ability to house 110,000 new residents, and will eventually house a population greater than that of Ballarat.
The framework plans include several clever and creative features that will create a sustainable, active and connected community, without spoiling the lifestyle and environment that this region affords.
These features include:
- a ‘Clever and Creative’ transport corridor, providing dedicated, separated spaces for public and active transport
- the transformation of the Batesford quarry into a 48 billion litre freshwater lake
- significant rehabilitation of the Moorabool and Barwon Rivers and biodiversity conservation
- a planned opening of the Geelong-Ballarat rail line for passenger services, providing a connection into central Geelong
- planned major road upgrades of the Hamilton Highway, Midland Highway and Bacchus Marsh Road
- employment hubs that provide job opportunities for local residents.
Neighbourhoods will be carefully planned and rolled out in stages, allowing for the creation of strong communities supported by high standard infrastructure that is provided early in development.
The Northern Growth Area is in Lovely Banks, and will feature panoramic views across Greater Geelong.
The Western Growth Area in Batesford will be built around water, featuring the former quarry and both rivers.
Based on current forecasts, it’s expected that Greater Geelong’s population will reach 380,000 by 2036.
The new growth areas will receive a large share of this growth, reducing pressure on the Bellarine Peninsula and other parts of Geelong.