Geelong Cultural Precinct plan committee established
Former Geelong Mayor and City of Greater Geelong Council’s arts portfolio holder Cr Peter McMullin has been appointed to chair the Geelong Cultural Precinct Masterplan steering committee, Minister for Major Projects, Theo Theophanous, announced today.
Mr McMullin will be joined on the committee by local representatives including City of Greater Geelong CEO Kay Rundle, Gordon Institute CEO Grant Sutherland and Executive Director of the Committee for Geelong, Peter Dorling.
All committee members will provide their expertise on a volunteer basis.
The Geelong Cultural Precinct Masterplan will investigate the feasibility of a number of key projects within an area bounded by Ryrie, Gheringhap and Mercer Streets, Railway Terrace and Fenwick Street.
The Bracks Government and the City of Greater Geelong will each contribute $250,000 to the masterplan.
“Geelong is an important regional centre and the Bracks Government is keen to investigate how we can drive the future development of the cultural precinct,” Mr Theophanous said.
“This steering committee will help to make Geelong an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Joining the four Geelong members on the steering committee will be representatives from Arts Victoria, the Department of Treasury and Finance, Major Projects Victoria and Regional Development Victoria.
In addition to the steering committee, a Stakeholder Reference Groups will be formed to provide for input from local community, cultural and business groups. The first steering group meeting will be held later this month.
“Among the facilities to be considered in the precinct are an upgraded performing arts centre, a convention and exhibition centre with hotel facilities, the future of the State Government building and the relocation of the City’s civic accommodation,” Cr McMullin said.
“The upgrade of the Geelong Gallery and the library will be investigated in conjunction with the relocation of the City’s administrative operations.”
The masterplan will include an analysis of the functional, design and physical requirements of the facilities along with a physical plan of the site, showing the layout of facilities along with urban design requirements. The project includes Business Case analysis to investigate funding options for the facilities.