Geelong Cultural Precinct Project
The Geelong Cultural Precinct project received Victorian Government funding of $7.865 million over two years as part of the 2008-09 Budget.
This funding focused on stage one of the project and included:
- detailed planning work and business case development for the Geelong Performing Arts Centre
- detailed planning work and business case development for the Geelong Library and Geelong Heritage Centre
- upgrade and redevelopment of the Old Courthouse Building.
An additional $3 million was provided in the 2009-10 Budget to upgrade and improve the Ford Theatre at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (through Arts Victoria).
The announcement was great news for Geelong, and in particular the cultural community, which has helped champion the cause.
The project was originally announced in October 2006 when the State Government and City of Greater Geelong jointly funded the $500,000 Cultural Precinct Masterplan. The aim of this work was to develop a long term, staged, comprehensive masterplan to secure the consolidation, further development and expansion of Geelong's cultural precinct.
A further aim of the masterplan was to ensure a cohesive, strategic and well informed basis for moving to the next step of precinct development and implementation. Key industry and community stakeholders were consulted to ensure the interests and views of all relevant parties were considered in the masterplan’s development.
Major Projects Victoria, Regional Development Victoria, Arts Victoria and the City of Greater Geelong worked in partnership to deliver stage one.
Preparation of the masterplan was coordinated by Major Projects Victoria under the guidance of a Steering Committee chaired by Cr Peter McMullin, City of Greater Geelong.
The masterplan was completed and presented to the Minister for Major Projects in December 2007. Two business cases having been finalised and the redevelopment of the Old Courthouse Building is now underway.
- Geelong Cultural Precinct Update 6 (747.6 KB, PDF Document)
- Geelong Cultural Precinct Update 5 (228.1 KB, PDF Document)
- Geelong Cultural Precinct Update 4 (301.0 KB, PDF Document)
- Geelong Cultural Precinct Update 3 (415.6 KB, PDF Document)
- Geelong Cultural Precinct Update 1 (150.3 KB, PDF Document)
- Geelong Cultural Precinct Masterplan (2.0 MB, PDF Document)
- Geelong Cultural Precinct Update 2 (228.0 KB, PDF Document)
2007-04-24 - 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.
2006-10-30 - $500,000 for plan to transform Geelong
A number of new projects will be investigated as part of a Bracks Government plan to transform the heart of Geelong into a thriving cultural centre and boost private commercial development, the Minister for Major Projects, John Lenders, said today.
Mr Lenders today announced a $500,000 joint Master Plan project by the State Government and the City of Greater Geelong to investigate a number of possible cultural, arts and commercial projects for the city.
He made the announcement during an address to a Partnership for Progress meeting attended by local civic, community and business leaders in Geelong.
- Mr Lenders said possible developments to be explored included:
- An upgraded performing arts centre;
- A convention and exhibition centre;
- Relocation of civic accommodation;
- Related development (eg upgrade arts gallery, library, hotel); and
- The future of State Government office building.
“Geelong is an important regional centre and the Bracks Government is keen to investigate how we can stimulate further private commercial development to create jobs and wealth for the local community,” Mr Lenders said.
“It is still early days and more work needs to be done, but this is another step in the Bracks Government’s long-term vision to revitalise Geelong.”
The master plan for the Geelong Cultural Precinct Site will encompass an area bounded by Ryrie Street, Gheringhap Street, Mercer Street, Railway Terrace and Fenwick Street.
Mr Lenders said the State Government and the council will contribute $250,000 each to fund the master plan to be developed by Major Projects Victoria.
A steering committee made up of representatives from the State Government, the council and business will oversee the plan and report back to the Minister for Major Projects.
The Mayor of Geelong, Peter McMullin, said this was great news for Geelong.
“This is exactly the type of project that we were aiming to achieve through the Partnership for Progress convention recently held in Geelong,” Mr McMullin said.
“At that convention, the State Government and the council agreed it would work together with community leaders in Geelong to progress the development of Geelong.
“Council has long held the belief that the Cultural Precinct is an important “heart” for Geelong.”
Mr Lenders said the Bracks Government was raising Geelong’s profile and attracting private investment to the city.
“This State Government’s decision to relocate the Transport Accident Commission’s head office from Melbourne to Geelong demonstrates our commitment to this city,” Mr Lenders said.
“The relocation and construction of a new head office in Geelong will result in a total economic benefit of $141 million. This includes a $54 million economic benefit and more than 800 jobs for the Geelong region.
“Following the relocation, there will be a longer term $59 million annual boost to the local economy.
“The TAC move and the Cultural Precinct Master Plan project is part of the Brack’s Government’s ongoing commitment to boost jobs and investment in regional Victoria.”