leaders from across Geelong have come together 25 days out from the federal
election to make a united pitch for funding for the Northern ARC development in
Led by Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood, representatives from 11 different organisations
joined forces to call on both major political parties to commit $20.5 million
to the planned health and wellbeing hub.
of the group will also write to federal members and candidates in the seats of
Corio and Corangamite voicing their support for the project.
The Northern ARC has been identified as a top priority by the City of Greater
Geelong and key advocacy group the G21 Geelong Region Alliance.
The venue will improve community health in Geelong’s northern suburbs by
offering a range of world class programs and facilities, drawing an expected
600,000 visits each year.
estimated the Northern ARC, which would replace the ageing Waterworld leisure
centre, would deliver $111 million in preventative health benefits to the
Greater Geelong community over its first 10 years of operation.
A federal commitment of $20.5 million would add to the $20.6 million already
pledged by the City, with a further $20.5 million also required from the state
government to see the $61.6 million project fully funded.
The City of Greater Geelong has already engaged architects, who have produced
initial design concepts for the new hub.
A full list of attendees at the joint funding pitch is below.
Councillor Bruce Harwood – Mayor:
This unified stance has highlighted how absolutely critical the Northern ARC
is for Geelong’s north. It’s clear from the turnout of leaders from major
organisations across our city that we all share our belief that it’s a top
Elaine Carbines, CEO, G21 Geelong Region Alliance:
We want to see both major parties recognise that Geelong’s northern suburbs
desperately need this facility, and put their money on the table. This campaign
for the Northern ARC will only increase until the funding is fully committed.
The Northern ARC has the potential to make a huge difference in the health and
wellbeing of thousands of our northern suburbs residents, but it won’t go ahead
without contributions from all three tiers of government. The City of Greater
Geelong has come to the party with our largest ever social infrastructure
commitment; now it’s an opportunity for our local federal members and
candidates to show how much they care about our northern suburbs by influencing
their parties to make the same commitment.
prosperous regional community should care for the wellbeing of all of its
members. This commitment today, from local organisations right across the G21
region, shows strong evidence that we do.
is why, as a regional community, we call on our politicians to support the
and Corio have double-digit levels of unemployment; higher than both the state
and national averages. They are among the most socially disadvantaged areas in
the nation. This facility will work to address causes central to disadvantage,
providing long overdue community and health facilities to some of our most
about funding desperately-needed projects such as the Northern ARC should be
based on the needs of the people; not on whether it will result in votes on
calls on the government and the opposition to include the Northern ARC as a
commitment in the lead-up to the election. They have the opportunity to show
they do care about the northern suburbs.
of Greater Geelong
Cr Bruce Harwood, Mayor
Cr Peter Murrihy, Deputy Mayor
Cr Kylie Grzybek
Cr Jim Mason
Cr Ron Nelson
Cr Trent Sullivan
Martin Cutter, CEO
Geelong Region Alliance
Elaine Carbines, CEO
Jennifer Cromarty, CEO
Chamber of Commerce
Mark Edmonds, President
Where You Live Foundation
Bill Mithen, CEO (also Chair, G21)
Lachlan Hodgson, Deputy CEO
Mike McKinstry, CEO
Lyn Morgan, Executive Officer
Rob Birch, CEO
Thys Heyns, General Manager Geelong Refinery
Shore Residents Association