Local achievements


  • City Deal: Prime Minisiter 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
  • Land 400: Secured Marand’s commitment to manufacture the turret and hull of the LAND 400 combat reconaissance vehicle in Geelong if Victoria wins this $4-5 billion Army contract
  • 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 esbtablishment 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 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 facilitiator (Simon French) engaged by the Department of Employment
  • Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Fund: $1.26 million for HeiQ to establish commercial manufcating 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 buisnesses 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.



  • Avalon International Airport: with the announcement that Avalon Airport is going international in late 2018, the Turnbull government is supporting this major economic investment with the establishment of border agencies at Avalon.
  • Passenger rail upgrades: $110 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 expoprting grain, woodchisp 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 inconic tourist road.  Tranche 2 of this program will fund pedestrain 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 safey upgrades on the  Apollo Bay Forrest Rd, $5 million for the Hamilotn 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: 14 base stations have been funded in Corangamite under our Rounds One and Two of our Mobile Phone Blackspots Program – Barongarook, Bawon Downs, Carlisle River, Dereel, Gellibrand, Hordern Vale, Kawarren, Steiglitz and Yeodene are active; Apollo Bay, Cape Otway, South Lorne, Separation Creek and Kennett River are scheduled for mobile base stations.  Under Round 3, we have announced that another four mobile base stations will be constructed or upgraded in Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Bellbrae and Birregurra.



  • 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 with
  • 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 life saving 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

National achievements

403,100 more jobs created in 2017 – the most jobs created in a calendar year on record. Three quarters of these jobs were full time jobs. (As at January 2018), the number of jobs has increased for 16 straight months – the longest consecutive run of jobs growth ever recorded. Australia’s economy has been generating more than 1,100 new jobs per day. Jobs growth over the last 12 months is almost five times stronger than Labor’s last year in government.

Tax cuts for 3.2 million businesses employing 6.7 million Australians.

Used last year by 300,000 small businesses to invest in new equipment and machinery.

National Energy Guarantee will ensure reliability and reduce bills. More gas supplies have been secured. Snowy Hydro 2.0 feasibility study has been completed.

Record $75 billion investment over the next decade in highway upgrades, congestion busting roads, rail projects, improved local roads, inland rail and a new airport.

Over $37 billion in Budget savings since the election. We have halved the growth in spending (4% per year under Labor, 1.9% under the Coalition). We are on track for a balanced budget in 2020-21.

Rural exports up 19% last year, as we are locking in benefits from landmark trade agreements with China, Japan and South Korea.

Australian Building and Construction Commission restored to protect small businesses and the economy from CFMEU lawlessness. Secret payments banned between businesses and unions.

No boats in three years. 17 detention centres closed, saving the Budget billions.

14 major terrorist plots have been foiled. The Government is boosting our security agencies, has introduced tougher anti-terror laws and is revoking citizenship of dual nationals who engage in terrorism.

We’ve changed the rules to deport non-citizens who commit serious crimes. The Government has cancelled visas of 3,000 serious criminals – including murderers, rapists, child sex offenders, armed robbers and drug dealers.

AFP has seized over 14 tonnes of Ice since 2013. Record funding for law enforcement and treatment. Wastewater surveys show a recent drop in Ice use.

Undertaking the largest regeneration of our Navy since WW2, with 54 new ships (Labor commissioned none). With new weapons and air defence for our Army and new air combat capability, we’re building Australia’s sovereign defence capability.

Introduced Carly’s Law, which has already led to high profile arrests. Banned registered sex offenders from holding an Australian passport. Introduced legislation that means paedophiles would spend longer in jail, be less like to get bail or parole and face mandatory sentences.

Landmark reforms targeted to working parents. Abolishing the $7,613 annual cap for families (incomes up to $185,000) and introducing a new Child Care Subsidy, meaning around one million families will benefit.

Extra $23.5 billion over a decade – a 50% funding increase for the average student. Our agreement replaces 27 secret deals and will provide needs based funding for all students.

86% of GP visits bulk billed last year – 21 million more than Labor’s last year. Hospital funding at record levels and new reforms introduced to improve private health insurance.

From next year all 12 and 13 year olds will get free protection against HPV virus and cancer.  Our No Jab, No Pay policy resulted in 210,000 extra children immunised in its first year.

We believe the best form of welfare is a job. We’ve reinvigorated Work for the Dole (105,000 participants last year). We’re changing compliance rules and requiring welfare recipients on drugs to undertake available treatment. We’re trialling cashless welfare cards and are seeking to trial drug testing of welfare recipients.

As part of the Coalition Government’s media reforms, gambling ads will be removed during sports before 8.30pm on free-to-air television.

All Australians had the opportunity to have a say on same sex marriage, which is now law.

Page updated 27.2.2018