‘Biggest redevelopment in 20 years’ for Geelong waterfront

HARBOUR: Geelong's waterfront is up for 'redevelopment', says State Government.

GEELONG’S waterfront is poised for its biggest redevelopment in 20 years, State Government has announced.
The shakeup could deliver a safe harbour facility to protect vessels from rough weather, Lara MP John Eren said today.
He announced funding and the appointment of consultants to develop a master plan and business case for the project, which would also consider major events and public access infrastructure.
“The Geelong waterfront presents a unique opportunity for further redevelopment and growth – and that means jobs and a stronger region,” he said.
Mr Eren, who announced the project while officially launching Geelong’s 2016 Festival of Sails, called the consultants’ appointment a “significant step forward for the project”.
Mayor Darryn Lyons welcomed the funding, saying the waterfront was on its way to “the next level”.
“The waterfront is a key focus for Geelong and maximising the potential we have on our doorstep is good for tourism, business and the people of Geelong,” Cr Lyons said.
Royal Geelong Yacht Club commodore Chris Williams was excited about a “wave attenuator” component of the project, which he called a “cost-effective solution to providing safe harbour”.
“It means that Geelong will have extra, safe berthing space which is a huge benefit for visiting vessels for events and Geelong as a destination. It also means we can continue to sustain and importantly, grow the offerings of the Festival of Sails which provides a significant economic benefit for Geelong.”
The business case for the project is scheduled for completion next month.
The last redeveloped of the waterfront begun under the Kennett Government, which spent millions of dollars on beautifying the precinct to attract private investment.