Start of preparatory work at the Geelong Convention Center

Preparatory works, including geotechnical studies, have begun on the highly anticipated Geelong Convention and Exhibition Center (GCEC), to prepare the site for major construction with work ensuring that future designs take into account all relevant site considerations.

The precinct will include a 200-room luxury hotel and commercial spaces, as well as a 1,000-seat plenary hall which will be developed with 3,700 square meters of flexible multi-purpose space to allow large and small events to take place simultaneously .

Next steps include an industry briefing for architects, designers and builders. The briefing will take place next month, followed by an expression of interest (EOI) process.

Details of business opportunities to activate the precinct and create better connections to the CBD and Western Beach, such as the hotel, will be determined through the EOI process.

Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, noted “today marks an important milestone in the development of the GCEC, which when completed will play an important role in energizing of the tourist, artistic and cultural sector of the region”.

“The GCEC is one of the key projects of the Geelong City Deal, which is a commitment by all three levels of government to deliver transformational infrastructure projects that improve the quality of life and vibrancy of the city.”

Deputy Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong, Trent Sullivan, adds that “the community has been a big supporter of Geelong having its own convention and exhibition center and will no doubt be excited by the progress being made towards achieving this. essential project.

“The center is expected to open up significant employment, tourism and cultural opportunities for our region.”

The Government of Victoria is contributing $261 million to the project, the Australian Government $30 million and the City of Greater Geelong $3 million, bringing the total value of the project to $294 million. of dollars.

The project is being funded through the Geelong City Deal – now valued at over $500 million – which is a 10-year plan to revitalize Geelong through critical infrastructure.

Image: Geelong Convention and Exhibition Center area

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