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Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon today announced funding of $4,377,966 for important new infrastructure works in the Surf Coast Shire and the City of Greater Geelong:
Mr Katos said the funding was the first allocation to Victoria’s 48 rural and regional councils from the $100 million Local Government Infrastructure Program.
Surf Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brian McKiterick welcomed the significant allocation of funding. “The funding shows the State Government recognises the importance of its role in supporting the delivery of community services on the Surf Coast”, he said.
“Stage two of the Surf Coast Community and Civic Precinct will provide a range of facilities focusing on the needs of local children, families and young people. This welcome $2.37m allocation will allow the construction of access roads, a skate park, a regional playground, cricket nets and sporting infrastructure, pathways, public toilets and parking as part of the project, ” said Mayor McKiterick.
City of Greater Geelong Mayor Cr John Mitchell also welcomed funding for two key projects for the Geelong region.
“Additional funding for Central Geelong laneways will contribute to works aimed at improving some of Geelong’s hidden gems – laneways and arcades with the potential to host small cafes, restaurants and other businesses – while serving as pedestrian linkages between major streets,” said Cr Mitchell.
“The contribution to the Elcho Drain project will enable the Council to further develop the Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct, which is a major parcel of industrial land strategically located adjacent to the Geelong Ring Road with significant opportunities for greenfield development,” said Mayor Mitchell.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said the Local Government Infrastructure Program gave regional and rural councils certainty to plan for and build new infrastructure or renew assets.
“The program is supporting local council initiatives including roads, bridges, and new community assets such as halls and theatres, sporting grounds, grandstands, pools, libraries, and upgrading existing facilities,” Mr Ryan said.
“Each council has been allocated a notional four-year total for priority local projects identified in forward capital works plans.”
Mr Ryan said the government had so far provided $74.7 million for 267 infrastructure projects from the Local Government Infrastructure Program’s allocation.
Mr Katos said the Local Government Infrastructure Program was part of the Regional Growth Fund, the Government’s $1 billion commitment over eight years to drive regional development across the State and ensure regional Victoria remained a key contributor to the State’s future growth and prosperity.