30 October 2018

City Deal backs $10m Queenscliff ferry terminal

I am delighted the Morrison Liberal Government, as part of the Geelong City Deal, will contribute $10 million to the construction of a new ferry terminal at Queenscliff, to dramatically improve ferry services across Port Phillip Bay.

The new terminal, fully-funded by the Government in partnership with Searoad Ferries, will include modern facilities, opportunities for retail such as cafes and tourism ventures, bathrooms, disabled access and improved car parking areas.

The redevelopment will mean an increase of 640,000 passengers annually by 2032 and create new opportunities for the maritime and hospitality sectors.

The new terminal will mean passengers will board a ferry via an aerobridge, and not the vehicle ramp, delivering a much more accessible and passenger friendly service.

The ferry carries 950,000 passengers to and from Queenscliff every year and is a major tourism gateway to Geelong and the Great Ocean Road.

I am proud to be representing and delivering for the Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale communities on much needed infrastructure, which also includes:

·         $1.5 million for the Cottage by the Sea redevelopment;
·         Numerous local road upgrades under our Roads to Recovery fund;
·         Green Army projects for Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve and Queenscliff foreshore;
·         The upgrade and viewing platform at the Point Lonsdale front beach;
·         Extended mobile phone coverage from a new base station at St Leonards;
·         National Heritage Listing priority assessment for Pt Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve;
·         The completion of NBN fast broadband rollout; and
·         Ensuring your voice is heard on the Destination Queenscliff project.

For further information on the Geelong City Deal and what it means for the region, please see my media release here.

30 October 2018