I was delighted to join with G21 CEO Elaine Carbines*, mayors Cr Bob Merriman, Cr Rose Hodge and Cr Jason Schram as well as Deakin University’s Acting Vice Chancellor Kean Selway on the Geelong waterfront today to celebrate the finalisation of our $355 million Geelong City Deal.
This is a wonderful day for the Greater Geelong region, the Corangamite electorate and the Great Ocean Road economy.
I am absolutely delighted the Morrison Liberal Government has committed $184 million to the $355 million City Deal.
This investment, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier Daniel Andrews today, will deliver an extra $1.1 billion into our local economy and nearly 1,000 jobs each year. Our announcement today included an additional $45 million for the Shipwreck Coast ($40 million) and central Geelong ($5 million).
The original deal proposed by the state and endorsed by Bill Shorten and Federal Labor excluded Corangamite which was simply not acceptable. I am delighted that I was able to secure almost $40 million for a range of projects in the Corangamite electorate being:
- $12 million for the Apollo Bay Harbour upgrade;
- $10 million for a new Queenscliff ferry terminal;
- $8 million for the Point Grey Lorne redevelopment;
- $5 million for Skenes Creek to Wild Dog Creek coastal walk;
- $1.9 million for Kennett River public amenities and carparking;
- $350,000 for a feasibility study for Great Ocean Walk between Skenes Creek and Surf Coast Walk; and
- $250,000 for an international driver campaign on Great Ocean Road.
The $170 million convention centre alone will support 270 jobs and bring $50 million into our economy each year. After short changing the convention centre, I am very pleased that the Victorian Government has now delivered the majority funding for this project which was always the intention. Most of the investment for the Twelve Apostles and the Shipwreck Coast is being provided by the Commonwealth.
The first task of our Government and the Victorian Government is to establish an Implementation Board which will prepare an Implementation Plan that will set responsibilities and milestones for each City Deal commitment.
The plan will be highly collaborative and involve all key stakeholders including each participating council.
My job is to stand up and deliver for the people I proudly represent. I have fought hard for a City Deal for more than three years. I am delighted that, working together with local councils, key stakeholders and Deakin University, we have delivered this game changing investment.
11 March 2019
*Elaine Carbines was also representing the City of Greater Geelong