Transforming Geelong - An Economic
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Transforming Geelong - Media Release 23 February 2015
In launching Geelong's latest progress report at the Novotel,
business leaders all agree it is time to celebrate the multitude of
good news stories in the region.
'Transforming Geelong" is the freshly updated report that
provides a current and accurate picture of Geelong's economic
progress. Rebecca Casson, CEO of the Committee for Geelong,
who commissioned the report with the support of more than 30 member
businesses, said, "Geelong is no longer in transition, our City is
transforming and the investment in our region is changing it
"TheTransforming Geelong document provides an insight into the
stories not ordinarily presented. The document highlights
that, while our region still has its challenges, the major
underlying economic indicators confirm that the growth we are
seeing in the Geelong region will directly translate to economic
outcomes. The economic indicators are positive - building
activity, median house prices, new homes and gross regional product
are all up on last year.
"This is not simply growth for growth's sake - Geelong is
growing across the spectrum. We are growing skills,
expertise, population, residential options, employment
opportunities and tourism advantages."
Transforming Geelong, which is presented as a document and a new
regularly updated website, shows there is investment of well over
$1 billion in projects already underway in the region.
The game-changing projects that are leading the transformation
include investments involving GMHBA, CSIRO, Epworth Healthcare,
Victorian Regional Channels Authority, Barwon Health, Deakin
University, Barwon Water, among many others.
"Viva Energy has committed $150 million into the region over the
next two years, work will start on Geelong Performing Arts Centre
and Stage Four of Simonds Stadium later in 2015 and there are eight
more projects in the pipeline at Armstrong Creek," said Ms
"Major businesses including Coles, Accensi and Bunge are in the
process of significantly growing their presence. That is a vote of
confidence in our region, our processes and our people."
"We have a great community here and we thank everyone who is
contributing to the transformation. Geelong really does have
it all, this city is one to watch."
Rebecca Casson, CEO,
Committee for Geelong,
Ph. 5227 8075
Pictured (LtR): GMHBA CEO Mark Valena, Rebecca Casson and
Geelong Advertiser General Manager Daniel Clarke launch the
Transforming Geelong document at the Novotel Geelong.