Geelong & Bellarine Strategic Projects 2014

Major projects relating to food, water and energy security have a collective employment potential of some 5,000 people when established and some 1500 to 2000 during construction.

The progressing of these projects continues with local, State and Federal Governments along with the resourcing requirements with local and overseas companies.  Initial details were the topics covered during the recent   Bellarine 2050 Our Place Our Future / Forum 3.

No detail on the overseas consortium nor the resourcing ie. costs, design, manufacture, construction, operation and ownership details – “subject to the conditions of the Confidentiality Agreement not at liberty to disclose further info at this stage”.

  • PORTARLINGTON SAFE HARBOUR – $50 to $250m

Negotiation with funding group to develop the complex for aquaculture infrastructure for spat hatchery, vessel loading/unloading, and education purposes.

  • AGRIBUSINESS / HYDROPONIC FACILITY – $70m

Negotiations well underway with Council, Barwon Water and investor groups for establishment of major glasshouse facility 25 ha.and associated services.

  • MACKEY STREET, NORTH GEELONG – $4m

Further development of the existing landfill arm for cater for the needs of mid range commercial fishing and support vessels.

  • PBN / PRINCIPAL BICYCLE NETWORK – $ 20m

Infrastructure for on road and off road cycle traffic.

  • RENEWABLE ENERGY – $20 to 70m

Establishment of an offshore tidal / wind power facility with State Government,  international funding / manufacturing group, and local partners.

(Atlantis Resources Corporation turbines ideally made in Geelong.)

  • MOOLAP ECO SANCTUARY – $10m

US market is in the $50B region

  • EQUINE INDUSTRY  / DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – $4m

  • BUY BELLARINE PRODUCE BARN – self funded locally.

Community market garden / partnering with local market gardener, Aust. Conservation Volunteers & Bendigo Bank.

  • BELLARINE / RURAL ONLY ZONEING

  • Improved water access and pricing

  • Improved Farm rate structure

  • EASTSHORE  / GEELONG TRANSFORMATIONAL – $800m

Incorporates iconic waterfront international standard Convention Centre with adjacent commercial and residential

  • DRYSDALE RING ROAD -$30m

Other major game changers affecting Geelong’s role in the international market –

  • Avalon Airport / International capacity with rail feeder service,

  • NBN / improvements to communications,

  • On line retailing / changes to bricks and mortar retailing,

  • Public transport / increased uses of,

  • Smarter technology / carbon fibre, architectural design, domestic power sufficiency.

  • Australian Business Council / engagement with Federal Govt. – Jennifer Westacott / Maria Tarrant