MORE JOBS

Since being elected in September 2013, we have helped create thousands of local jobs. Our key initiatives include:

  • City Deal: Former Prime Minister Turnbull announced a City Deal for Geelong and our region in January 2018, delivering an incredible opportunity for the Corangamite electorate
  • Regional Jobs and Investment Package: $20 million delivered under RJIP to fund 21 local projects in Geelong, the Bellarine, Colac, Marengo and Anglesea delivering 600 construction jobs and 600 ongoing jobs
  • Advanced Manufacturing Growth Fund: $10.1 million awarded to local manufacturers
  • NDIA Headquarters: construction of the National Disability Insurance Agency headquarters in Geelong will create hundreds of new jobs and be home to more than 500 employees
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics National Data Acquisition Centre: the establishment of a major ABS office in Geelong has brought close to 300 jobs to Geelong
  • Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund: Turnbull government delivered $15 million of the $29.5 million fund which has delivered in excess of 840 new jobs for many local businesses including Carbon Revolution, Carbon Revolution, AKD Softwoods and Australian Lamb Company
  • Clean Energy Finance Corporation: the CEFC is backing local jobs by investing $10 million for Carbon Revolution, supporting its expansion plans, and $68 million in the construction of Worksafe’s Geelong headquarters
  • Future Fibres Research Hub: $4.7 million Australian Research Council grant to help develop Deakin University’s advanced fibres research and development
  • Geelong Region Job Connections: $3.1 million allocated to the Geelong region to support local job creation programs and a local employment facilitator (Simon French) engaged by the Department of Employment
  • Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Fund: $1.26 million for HeiQ to establish commercial manufacturing facility at Deakin, $516,012 for Colac’s Australian Lamb Company; $2,173,333 for Lara’s SNF Australia to boost local manufacturing jobs
  • Automotive Diversification Program: $1 million for MHG Glass for a new architectural glass process business; $450,000 for Backwell IXL to develop commercial solar rooftop mounts .
  • Tourism investments: $1.64 million for local tourism businesses under our Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program (as administered by the state) – $300,000 for Platypi Chocolate Cafe in Forrest; $557,962 for Wildlife Wonders at Marengo, $332,000 for Provenance Wines Fyansford, $450,000 for Wye Beach Hotel
  • Co-operative Research Centre grants: $1.4 million for Quickstep and Deakin University to deliver a made to order materials and process solution for lightweight carbon fibre seats.
  • Unemployment: record low unemployment rate of 2.52% in the Corangamite electorate, as compared to the 5.5% rate nation-wide.

MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Avalon International Airport: with the announcement that Avalon Airport is going international in late 2018, the Morrison government is supporting this major economic investment with the establishment of border agencies at Avalon.
  • Passenger rail upgrades: $150 million for the Geelong rail duplication project; $114 million for rail upgrades between Geelong and Warrnambool
  • Murray Basin Freight Rail: $220m to standardise 1,000 km of freight rail lines including to the Port of Geelong which handles more than 750 ships a year exporting grain, woodchips and steel  Specific rail works in Corangamite include upgrading the rail section of the broad-gauge line from Geelong (Gheringhap) to Ballarat (Warrenheip) to dual gauge, allowing more flexibility to transport bulk goods to the Port of Geelong. This builds on previous work to automate signalling, enabling 24 hour access to the rail line, as well as upgrades to the Geelong Grain Loop.
  • Duplication of the Princes Highway between Waurn Ponds and Winchelsea complete, the second section between Winchelsea and Colac now under construction with our government delivering $185.5 million for this section
  • Great Ocean Road– $50 million for vital safety upgrades along this iconic tourist road. Tranche 2 of this program will fund pedestrian refuges and improvements at Kennett River, Skenes Creek, Lorne and Apollo Bay, the Apollo Bay war memorial roundabout intersection upgrade, Skenes Creek pedestrian bridge, a new bus stop at Moggs Creek, parking and turning lanes for Eastern View, Castle Cove car parking improvements and the strengthening of numerous bridges.
  • Major road upgrades: As part of our $345 million Victorian regional roads package announced in 2016, we delivering $5 million for safety upgrades on the  Apollo Bay Forrest Rd, $5 million for the Hamilton Highway and $20 million for Princes Highway West
  • Local roads: numerous local roads are being upgraded under our Roads to Recovery program. $3.75m for road blackspot upgrades in Torquay, Modewarre, Meredith and Smythesdale
  • Roads planning: $600,000 to plan duplication of Grubb Rd Ocean Grove and Midland Highway between Geelong and Bannockburn;
  • Bridges renewal program: upgraded bridges for Wye River and Moggs Creek
  • NBN rollout: The rollout across the Corangamite electorate is 94% complete. Nearly 80,000 premises are ready for service and 32,800 premises have an active NBN connection.
  • Mobile base stations: 19 base stations have been funded in Corangamite under our Rounds One, Two and Three of our Mobile Phone Blackspots Program – Apollo Bay, Cape Otway,  Barongarook, Carlisle River, Dereel, Gellibrand, Hordern Vale, Kawarren, Steiglitz and Yeodene are completed and active; Barwon Downs, South Lorne, Separation Creek, Kennett River, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Bellbrae, Birregurra and Bells Beach are scheduled for mobile base stations.

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE

  • CCTV cameras:funding delivered for CCTV cameras for Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove
  • Colac CBD redevelopment: new footpaths, lighting, gardens and trees have transformed Murray St Colac
  • Building Better Regions:
  • Palliative care hospice: $5 million committed to construct new Anam Cara palliative care hospice
  • Foundation 61: $1.5 million for new women’s rehab facility at Mt Duneed
  • Heavy vehicle upgrade: $1.07 million for Forest Road and Grays Road, Paraparap to increase the efficiency of heavy vehicle operations;
  • Community solar: $400,000 in total for community solar projects
  • Stronger Communities Program: numerous local projects funded which are making a real difference to local communities
  • Green Army: numerous projects funded across the Corangamite electorate
  • Surf lifesaving clubs: $2 million for Jan Juc SLSC; $1 million for Ocean Grove SLSC, $500,00 for Anglesea SLSC
  • Anglesea Bowls Club: $500,000 to fund upgrade
  • Winter Reserve Belmont: $580,000 for clubroom upgrade
  • Stribling Reserve Lorne: $230,000 for clubroom upgrade
  • Barwon Heads netball: $180,000 for netball courts upgrade at Howard Harmer Reserve
  • Inverleigh Reserve: $220,000 for new lights
  • Birregurra Recreation Reserve: $200,000 to upgrade clubrooms
  • McDonald Reserve Belmont: $168,000 for upgraded change rooms
  • Burdoo Reserve Grovedale: $100,000 for ground upgrades
  • Bannockburn soccer: $100,000 for new coaches boxes and fencing