06 November 2018

City Deal backs Kennett River and Skenes Creek

I was delighted to join Kennett River and Skenes Creek residents today to celebrate $1.9 million for Kennett River public realm improvements and $5 million for the Great Ocean Walk as part of the Morrison Government’s City Deal.

With its abundance of koalas and birdlife, Kennett River on the Great Ocean Road has become an increasingly popular tourist stopover.

The Commonwealth will deliver up to $1.9m to provide a new public amenity block and water treatment facility and new parking and traffic management infrastructure including new signage, pedestrian paths, road widening and improved parking facilities to accommodate tourist buses. Up to $100,000 would be provided for initial planning and approvals.

I am also pleased the Great Ocean Walk will receive funding. The project involves two stages listed below:

Stage 1 – Wild Dog Creek to Skenes Creek ($5m)
This project links the communities of Apollo Bay to Skenes Creek via a pedestrian/cycle trail and is supported by a feasibility study. Following an initial payment of up to $100,000 to deliver the detailed cost and project plan, the project will receive up to $5 million for capital works.

Stage 2 – Skenes Creek to Surf Coast Walk ($350,000)
A $350,000 fund will go to a feasibility study to link Skenes Creek to the Surf Coast Walk, thereby connecting the Great Ocean Walk with the Surf Coast Walk. The feasibility study will consider the potential economic and tourism benefits for coastal towns and the broader region.

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

6 November 2018