Geelong Convention Centre A Step Closer

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with delivering jobs and development opportunities for Geelong with a new Geelong Action Plan and the business case for the much talked about convention centre.

Deakin University’s waterfront car park site will be the focus of a business study for a 1000-seat convention centre, which would stimulate tourism and business growth for the Geelong region.

The proposal will include a conference venue with the capacity for 1000 people, 3000 square metres of exhibition space, banquet facilities, meeting rooms, a business centre and retail outlets.

The Labor Government will invest $1 million in developing plans for the convention centre, with the completed business case to be considered as part of the 2017/18 Victorian Budget.

Previous work suggests a convention centre would deliver an estimated $350 million to the regional economy during construction and $50 million to the region once operational, including 600 jobs during construction and 270 ongoing jobs in the region.

The Labor Government’s Geelong Action Plan is a 10-year agenda to renew central Geelong and boost local jobs.

Short-term initiatives will be supported with $3 million from Regional Development Victoria and $2.8 million from the Victorian Budget 2016/17, including projects that improve Geelong’s public spaces like the Malop Street Green Spine project.

The Labor Government has invested more than $170 million in projects across Greater Geelong including redeveloping Simonds Stadium and the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, as well as upgrading schools such as Geelong High, Matthew Flinders Secondary and Bellarine Secondary, so students can get the very best education.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Geelong is a proud city with a bright future and we’ll help write its next chapter delivering jobs, prosperity and making it an even better place to live.”

“People have long talked about a Convention Centre for Geelong. The time for talk is over. We’re getting the crucially needed planning and business case done, so we can consider it ahead of the next budget.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford

“The Andrews Labor Government is planning for growth so that Geelong can create new opportunities and become an even more attractive destination for new residents and investment.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“The new convention centre will help renew the CBD, strengthen tourism, and create crucial jobs.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“Greater Geelong is a fantastic place to live, work and do business and with this plan, we’ll ensure Geelong continues to go from strength to strength.”

 Quotes attributable to Member for Lara John Eren

“Whether its upgrading Simonds Stadium or ensuring local kids have the schools to match their potential, we’re working hard each and every day to deliver jobs, skills and better outcomes for the Geelong community.”