Lara West plans get nod … 12 months later

PLANS for a new Lara West suburb housing 10,000 people, revealed last February by The Independent, have been formalised by the State Government.

The new northern growth front will, over time, see some $37 million investment in jobs, schools, parkland, shops and transport services, Planning Minister Matthew Guy said.

“The Lara West Precinct Structure Plan will open up Geelong’s north as a new growth front, providing hundreds of local jobs and millions of dollars in investment into Australia’s twelfth largest city,” Mr Guy said.

“The approval of this structure plan is a huge economic shot in the arm for the Geelong economy.

“$37 million of roads, community infrastructure and sporting grounds will  support an employment precinct providing 300 jobs, a large neighbourhood activity hub with 185 ongoing jobs, three new schools, community services, sporting facilities and parkland enjoyed by everyone in the region.”

Mr Guy said the development at Lara West would be undertaken gradually over the next 30 years to help meet the needs of the projected 500,000 extra residents in Greater Geelong by 2050.

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