Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, raised the issue of the Geelong Convention Centre in Parliament last night.
Mr Ramsay directed a question to the Minister for Regional Development, the Hon. Jaala Pulford, asking when the Andrews Government would announce the site and building plans for the Convention Centre and what funding would be committed to the project.
“Geelong Labor MPs Lisa Neville, Christine Couzens, and John Eren have long heralded the fact that the Andrews Government would deliver a Convention Centre for Geelong, but all we have heard is empty promises and hollow commitments.”
Other projects such as the Sky Rig Adventure Park are on hold as the Government develops a master plan for the long-awaited convention and exhibition centre, adjacent to Deakin University.
“We have projects banked up waiting to develop in Geelong to maximise the land on the Eastern foreshore, but the dithering by the Andrews Government is having a serious impact on many other infrastructure projects in the pipeline.”
The stalling of the master plan is due to the business case revealing that a convention centre is unviable on the site, but with a ban on development in the area, it should be resolved soon.
“Despite noises about reworking the plans developed by Regional Development Victoria and the now defunct Geelong Authority it appears this project has stalled before it even gets started, despite all the rhetoric by the Premier and his Labor MP Mouseketeers,” Mr Ramsay said.
With the suspension of any further development until the business case is complete the Andrews Government should be making the Geelong Convention Centre a priority.