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The Torquay Wayfinding project directs visitors to the key precincts and natural assets around the town, including the foreshore, Taylor Park and the Surf Coast Walk.

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Increasing access for the whole community, the new Wurdi-Baierr Stadium offers three new courts along with a multi-purpose space and associated amenities.

A new ferry terminal and upgrades to the Esplanade and seawall, together with improved connections to the foreshore pathways and the addition of a new roundabout, will create a more inviting and accessible experience for visitors to the Queenscliff Ferry Terminal.

Building a new pavilion with greater accessibility and netball courts are the key upgrades to historic Geelong West Oval.

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As well as more space for library programs and community meetings, the Drysdale Library and Community Hub will include 8,000 more collection items, an extensive children’s area, youth space and IT room.

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The Bellarine Railway Rehabilitation project at Drysdale will deliver railway track upgrades to activate diversified and significant product offering from the private sector.

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A larger, multi-use pavilion comes to Herne Hill Reserve, providing a gender-neutral community hub for cricket, netball and AFL and community activities.

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With a range of suites, meeting rooms, and program spaces to be installed in the Surf Coast Aquatic and Wellness Centre in Torquay, this project will deliver crucial wellbeing infrastructure.

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The project will deliver a signature coastal trail from Fairhaven to Skenes Creek, including up to five swing bridges and potential ‘day loop’ walks. It will also upgrade visitor facilities and increase camping spots at the Surf Coast.

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This investment provides funding for the Victorian Open Golf Championships from 2019-22, ensuring the event's continued success.

Improved infrastructure at the Apollo Bay Harbour marina and precinct will broaden the range of businesses and recreational options for the town’s residents and visitors.

Geelong families will enjoy the upgrades to skateparks and play spaces in Waurn Ponds and St Leonards.

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By improving existing trails and building new ones, the first stage of this revitalisation project will open Forrest Mountain to year-round mountain biking.

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Queenscliff’s sports precinct gained improved cricket and netball facilities, oval lighting, a playspace, and car parking to cater for organised and casual recreation.

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The Little Malop Street Redevelopment provides Geelong Arts Centre with exciting new performance venues, a courtyard and upgrades to the box office and back-of-house.

Making Australia’s best regional stadium even better, this project increases capacity with a new two-tier grandstand, and adds a sports museum, an entry plaza, unisex change rooms and cricket facilities.

This investment will improve accommodation and teaching facilities at Marcus Oldham College and Longerenong College, Wimmera, and the University of Melbourne's Dookie campus, Goulburn Valley.

To maintain Kardinia Park as one of Victoria’s major sports venues, this funding provides operational support for the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust for 2020-21.

The Victorian Sailing School gets a new home for sailing education programs, while community access on the waterfront is improved.

AFL, soccer and cricket players will benefit from additional and upgraded LED sports lighting at St Leonards Lake Reserve and six other grounds across Greater Geelong.

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Construction of the Great Ocean Walk between Apollo Bay and Skenes Creek will improve the path and deliver seating, viewing platforms, bridges and cantilevered walkways.

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Upgrading the sports lighting at Warrowie Recreation Reserve and other local sports grounds across the Colac Otway Shire will encourage greater community participation.

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Upgrading the sports lighting at Alvie Recreation Reserve and a range of local sports grounds across the Colac Otway Shire will encourage greater community participation.

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Local families in Geelong will appreciate the skatepark and playspace upgrades to existing facilities located in Waurn Ponds and St Leonards.

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The project will deliver a signature coastal trail from Fairhaven to Skenes Creek, including up to five swing bridges and potential ‘day loop’ walks. It will also upgrade visitor facilities and increase camping spots at the Surf Coast.

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AFL, soccer and cricket players will benefit from additional and upgraded LED sports lighting at Winter Reserve and six other grounds across Greater Geelong

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AFL, soccer and cricket players will benefit from additional and upgraded LED sports lighting at Grinter Reserve and six other grounds across Greater Geelong.

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AFL, soccer and cricket players will benefit from additional and upgraded LED sports lighting at Evans Reserve and six other grounds across Greater Geelong.

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AFL, soccer and cricket players will benefit from additional and upgraded LED sports lighting at Osborne Park and six other grounds across Greater Geelong.

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AFL, soccer and cricket players will benefit from additional and upgraded LED sports lighting at Burdoo Recreation Reserve and six other grounds across Greater Geelong.

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AFL, soccer and cricket players will benefit from additional and upgraded LED sports lighting at St Albans reserve and six other grounds across Greater Geelong.

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Upgrades to the sports lighting at Irrewillipe Recreation Reserve and other sports grounds across the Colac Otway Shire will boost sports participation and enjoyment.

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Upgrading the sports lighting at Gellibrand Recreation Reserve and a range of local sports grounds across the Colac Otway Shire will encourage greater community participation.

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This project transforms the former Surf Coast Sport and Recreation Centre into a multidisciplinary arts space, providing creative opportunities for local artists.

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Additional camp sites along the Surf Coast for uplift of camping offering to drive tourism and improve the visitor experience.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Cape Otway.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Kennett River.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Separation Creek.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Barwon Downs.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and business.

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This statewide project to eliminate black spots in the mobile network recognises the importance of mobile communication to lives, families and businesses around Freshwater Creek.

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This project has better connected passengers on the state's five busiest regional lines with 35 new mobile base stations and on-train boosters to improve mobile coverage.

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This project has better connected passengers on the state's five busiest regional lines with 35 new mobile base stations and on-train boosters to improve mobile coverage.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program will deliver broadband upgrades for businesses in around 120 locations across Victoria over the next two years.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program will deliver broadband upgrades for businesses in around 120 locations across Victoria over the next two years.

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The Surf Coast Aquatic and Health Centre will complement the recently completed Wurdi Baierr Stadium to deliver an indoor heated 50-metre pool, a multi-purpose warm water pool, a gym, allied health and office suites, and community meeting rooms.

The Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre will include a 1000 seat plenary venue and at least 3700m2 flexible multi-purpose space that can be configured to create a variety of rooms, all with easy access to the CBD and Western Beach.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program will deliver broadband upgrades for residents and businesses in around 120 locations across Victoria over the next two years.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program will deliver broadband upgrades for residents and businesses in around 120 locations across Victoria over the next two years.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program will deliver broadband upgrades for residents and businesses in around 120 locations across Victoria over the next two years.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program will deliver broadband upgrades for residents and businesses in around 120 locations across Victoria over the next two years.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program will deliver broadband upgrades for residents and businesses in around 120 locations across Victoria over the next two years.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program will deliver broadband upgrades for residents and businesses in around 120 locations across Victoria over the next two years.

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The upgraded Chilwell Library will have community meeting rooms and new toilets. Making the most of the surrounding park, the design also increases the building size and capacity.

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Armstrong Creek Library and Community Hub will offer a library, coworking spaces and relaxing terraces across three levels. It will be an environmentally sustainable building with a five-star Green Star rating.

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Upgrading the sewerage system at the popular precinct will help attract new tenants and the construction will create more jobs.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program is fast-tracking improvements to broadband and mobile connectivity for residents and businesses with new and upgraded telecommunications infrastructure.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program is fast-tracking improvements to broadband and mobile connectivity for residents and businesses with new and upgraded telecommunications infrastructure.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program is building new infrastructure and fast-tracking the rollout of 5G to improve mobile connectivity for residents and businesses.

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The $550 million Connecting Victoria program is building new infrastructure and fast-tracking the rollout of 5G to improve mobile connectivity for residents and businesses.

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Area overview

We acknowledge and recognise the Traditional Owners of the land within the regional area, the Wadawurrung People and the Eastern Maar People.

Close to Melbourne and with strong transport links to the city and other regional centres, the Barwon region is experiencing strong population growth and has a diverse and growing economy.

Barwon’s coastline and rich soil feed thriving fishing, agriculture, timber plantation and harvesting industries, while the Great Ocean Road, the You Yangs and the Bellarine Peninsula attract thousands of visitors a year.

Emerging industries such as construction, health care, education, and finance supplement traditional manufacturing and processing activities.

Geelong is the region’s major centre and Victoria’s second largest city.

Opportunities

Barwon communities and the Barwon Regional Partnership have identified a need for:

  • a startup ecosystem to help local industry keep pace with innovation and participate in the digital economy
  • improved amenities and upgrades to ageing infrastructure
  • a broader tourism offering to help protect popular but sensitive ecological areas.
Page last updated 21 Sep 2022
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