Northern ARC needs support

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G21 and other Geelong reigon community organisations and leaders are calling on residents to provide their support as they lobby governments to fund a proposed Northern ARC (Arts, Recreation and Community) Health and Wellbeing Hub development in Norlane.

Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood and G21 - Geelong Region Alliance CEO Elaine Carbines head the high-level consortium strongly advocating for the project.

It has been about 20 months since the City pledged $20.6m to the vital initiative.

The City has further allocated $880,000 in its Proposed Budget 2019-20 to deliver detailed designs of the facility, should supporting capital works funding be secured.

The consortium is calling on the federal and state governments to each commit $20.5 million to the Northern ARC.

Details about the Northern ARC can be viewed at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/northernarc

A prosperous regional community should care for the wellbeing of all of its members.

That is why, as a regional community, we must as a community come toghter to call on politicians to support the Northern ARC.

Norlane and Corio which would be served by the Northern ARC have double-digit levels of unemployment; higher than both the state and national averages. They are among the most socially disadvantaged areas in the nation.

This facility will work to address causes central to disadvantage, providing long overdue community and health facilities to some of our most vulnerable communities.

Decisions about funding desperately-needed projects such as the Northern ARC should be based on the needs of the people; not on whether it will result in votes.

It is time for politicians to listen to the community and demonstrate that the people of Geelong’s disadvantaged northern suburbs matter.