17 July 2018

Funding builds better regions in Corangamite and Corio

  • Five projects in Corangamite and Corio funded under Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects Stream
  • The Coalition Government is investing $7,309,500 in projects in Corangamite and Corio
  • 136 projects will be funded under the Infrastructure Projects stream, with the Coalition Government investing over $200 million

Communities in Corangamite and Corio are set to receive a boost following the announcement of five successful projects under the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the project was a significant investment in the region’s future. “This is a fantastic outcome for the Corangamite and Corio communities, with five projects receiving in total over $7,000,000.”

The five successful projects are:

  • Apollo Bay Aquatic Centre (grant $180,000 project cost $450,000) which will upgrade the existing outdoor 25m community pool into an indoor, heated facility for all year swimming.
  • Cottage by the Sea Queenscliff (grant $1,500,000 project cost $3,000,000) which will be used to renovate and restore the Flinders Street building; open up programs to children with physical disabilities; broaden opportunities for staff with mobility/accessibility issues and increase opportunities for volunteering to the Queenscliff Region.
  • Geelong Touch Rugby Association King Lloyd Reserve Lighting (grant $269,000 project cost $299,000) which will install light towers at King Lloyd Reserve around the four fields to enable clubs to conduct events at night
  • Surf Coast Shire Multipurpose Indoor Sports Stadium (grant $5,000,000 project cost $12,750,001) which will construct three multi-purpose indoor sports courts at Surf Coast Secondary College.
  • Surf Coast Shire Banyul Warri Fields – Yuurrok Soccer Pitch and Lighting Project (grant $360,500 project cost $721,000) which will build a warm season turf pitch with drainage and irrigation, player shelters, enclosed black chain mesh fencing, soccer goals with netting, installation of sports lighting and upgrade to power at the site.

“This will have major benefits throughout the community in health, fitness and social welfare, with better sporting facilities encouraging increased participation from Greater Geelong and Surf Coast Region residents. Improved holiday accommodation and access for children with disabilities will also open up further employment and volunteering opportunities to the Queenscliff region.”

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.

“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total leveraged project value of $459 million,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This means, in each successful community much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality.

“The Coalition has a plan for regional Australia and we are focused on getting it done. It’s a plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities”.

“A further $200 million was announced in the 2018-19 Budget for a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund – a clear indication of the Coalition Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.”

The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investments stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is expected to create some 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.

16 July 2018