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Issue 2, July 2022

Geelong City Deal Newsletter

Welcome to the second edition of the Geelong City Deal Newsletter, a quarterly update for our community and key stakeholders, including the Implementation Committee, Advisory Group and Delivery Organisations

In this edition, we provide updates across Geelong City Deal projects since February 2022.

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Read on for more updates.

Project Updates

Geelong Convention & Exhibition Centre

The Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCEC) precinct is the centrepiece project of the Geelong City Deal.

Early works have commenced including geotechnical, environmental and other site investigations, and the project is progressing through detailed scoping of the requirements for the facility and the wider precinct. Recent updates include:

  • Completion of the market sounding process and industry briefing.
  • Release of the Expression of Interest for interested parties capable of delivering the project.
  • Operator announced as the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, and
  • Stakeholder and community engagement is underway, seeking feedback to incorporate into the functional brief which will be released as part of the tender process later in 2022.

Find out more at the project's webpage


Dennys Place Laneway Breakthrough

The walkability of central Geelong is set to improve with works now underway in an important mid-block breakthrough project to extend the Dennys Place laneway.

The new laneway will dramatically improve pedestrian flow through central Geelong and bring new life to the city. The Dennys Place connection is seen as critical and offers good line of sight connectivity between Clare and Little Malop streets, while also creating a connection from the waterfront to the medical precinct at an intimate scale that encourages pedestrian movement.

Internal demolition of 28 Malop Street is complete, and construction is well underway.

The project is expected to be complete by October 2022.

Keep up to date at the project's webpage.

The breakthrough is taking shape at Dennys Place with internal demolition complete - May 2022.

Latest News

Have your say on the Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Visit the Engage Victoria website to complete the survey, or register to meet the project team in person or online and have your say on the project’s vision.


Progress at Queenscliff Ferry Terminal

The project continues to take shape with scaffolding packed away, installation of structural steel complete and cladding of the roof now underway. 


Geelong Train Station shines brighter than ever

13 skylights have been replaced at the Geelong Train Station, to let more natural light onto the platforms.


Take a seat at the Geelong Train Station

Five heritage replica Albert Park Style seats are improving amenities at this busy station. The seats draw on Wadawurrung culture and complement the existing heritage seating on the platforms.


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Get Shorty excited about the Laneway Breakthrough project

Meet Mike Moore, who moved his business, Get Shorty Barber Shop from Melbourne to central Geelong five years ago.

To make the most of the laneway breakthrough opportunity, he is planning a servery lean-to window from his shop, looking onto Dennys Place, where passers-by can buy coffee and sandwiches.


Geelong's events industry backed to grow

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust has been announced as the future operator of the much-anticipated Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


VCAT decision on Point Grey Lorne

The proposed development at Point Grey Lorne has been knocked back due to the proposed use of the land for a new and bigger restaurant.

The permit application will be refined before resubmitting a new planning assessment. 


Colac Otway infrastructure project updates

Keep up to date with the Colac Otway infrastructure projects on the project webpage,


Watch this space for new projects thanks to Round 2 of the Private Sector Business Enablement Fund

A further $7 million was announced to help attract private sector investment along Victoria’s iconic Shipwreck Coast.

Applications are now closed for Round 2. Assessment is underway.


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Local and Social Targets

The City Deal supports local jobs and the local workforce. City Deal partners and the GROW initiative will work together to address unemployment and place-based disadvantage.

Lendlease joined GROW in 2020, through the Geelong Arts Centre Project. Read about the collaboration across the GROW network through the GROW Good news story

Image: Eddie Atkinson at the construction of the McKellar Centre in the Women’s Internal Courtyard.


Great Ocean Road and Shipwreck Coast visit

Recently the team visited the Great Ocean Road and Shipwreck Coast based projects. The team included representatives from the Geelong Great Ocean Road Major Projects Branch (including the Geelong City Deal team) at Rural and Regional Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions and the City Deal team at the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

The visit included:

  • touring the Twelve Apostles Precinct Redevelopment Project site for Coastal Works,
  • project briefings with two of the Round 1 Private Sector Business Enablement Fund Projects, Sow and Piglets Brewery and Kangaroobie Campground, 
  • an on-site briefing with the Colac Otway Shire City Deal team and tours of the Apollo Bay Harbour Redevelopment, Apollo Bay to Skenes Creek Coastal Trail and Kennett River Infrastructure Improvements Project, and 
  • in-person attendance at the Point Grey Lorne Project Control Group meeting.

It was fantastic to get out and about in the region after many years of remote and hybrid styles of working. The team is looking forward to more in-person encounters as we continue to progress the Geelong City Deal.


Images, left to right:

  • Gibson Steps - proposed safety upgrades and a proposed upgraded visitor lookout as part of the Twelve Apostles Precinct Redevelopment Project.
  • Kangaroobie Camp - upgrades to wastewater treatment to support an expansion of facilities thanks to the Private Sector Business Enablement Fund.  
  • Apollo Bay Harbour Redevelopment - the current view from the waterfront which will be redeveloped and revitalised through the Geelong City Deal.
  • Kennett River Infrastructure Improvements - new toilet facilities, an onsite wastewater treatment plant and road and parking improvements through the Geelong City Deal.

The team visit Apollo Bay Harbour - May 2022.

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Over the coming months, the following Geelong City Deal project milestones are expected to be achieved: 

The Geelong City Deal team will continue to coordinate opportunities and approvals with all levels of government, as required.


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