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Ramsay calls for more investment into Geelong

Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, yesterday called on the Andrews Government to provide Avalon International Airport with a complimentary rail link.

AirAsia’s announcement that it will leave Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport in favour of Geelong further strengthens the region’s influence around Victoria.

“Following the announcement of Avalon becoming a new International Airport it is now time to capitalise on the success in the region with a complimentary rail link and a second container port.”

The Geelong region has seen various sporting and cultural events this summer, including the Festival of Sails, the Oates Victorian Golf Open and the Cadel Evans road race.

With all events putting the spotlight on the region to over 140 countries globally a renewed interested has been made to see what Victoria can offer.

“As Geelong’s events continue to grow Western Victoria, there is more of a need for airport connections that can meet demand.”

The previous Coalition Government commissioned the feasibility study into the marina development around the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, home to Geelong’s annual Festival of Sails, moved the Victorian Oates Golf Open to its new home at Thirteenth Beach and brought the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race to Geelong.

“Following so much support from a Liberal government, it’s about time the Andrews Government put some faith in Geelong.”

With the Port of Melbourne expected to reach full capacity by 2055 and with Geelong’s international airport, Geelong is a strong contender for Victoria’s second container port.

“This would provide a passenger and freight hub that will open up Western Victoria to the rest of the world,” Mr Ramsay said.