Planning for Geelong’s recently announced City Deal is underway with the Australian and Victorian Governments holding talks today with local government and the region’s business and community organisations.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said it was vital to tap into local knowledge to identify potential elements of the City Deal.
“Geelong is Victoria’s second-largest city and Australia’s second fastest growing city, and its economy is rapidly diversifying,” Mr Fletcher said.
“The City Deal offers an opportunity for three levels of government to come together to develop a plan to further stimulate that growth and diversity.”
Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance Daniel Mulino, who co-chaired the meeting with Minister Fletcher, said the Victorian Government was committed to working with the Australian Government and other partners to deliver the best possible deal for Geelong and the region.
“It is essential we tailor Geelong’s City Deal to ensure it meets the needs of the community,” Mr Mulino said.
“Undoubtedly locals will know best the issues impacting them. Today’s stakeholder forum has given us an opportunity to further refine the details of the Deal, including opportunities for investment and reform, and the governance mechanisms needed for implementation.”
Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said she was encouraged by how quickly negotiations had commenced.
“Our discussions are focusing on a range of priorities including employment, infrastructure and transport, planning and how as a region we make the most of opportunities in the visitor economy. This is a very exciting opportunity for the Geelong and Corangamite regions,” Ms Henderson said.
State Member for Geelong Christine Couzens said she was excited by the employment opportunities that a City Deal could deliver.
“It’s great to see the City Deal providing momentum for much needed projects in the area, which will support jobs in our community,” Ms Couzens said.
Reviewed 19 August 2020