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Victorian State Budget 2020/21 Statement from the CEO for the Committee for Geelong, Jennifer Cromarty

“The 2020-21 Victorian Budget unveiled by Treasurer Tim Pallas yesterday does a lot and needed to do a lot as our state moves toward recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and Melbourne’s shutdown.

“While there is unprecedented investment to help our state recover, there is also unprecedented levels of debt. In general terms, the Committee for Geelong welcomes this budget as it provides a strong and balanced focus on both the health and well being of the community and on the significant supports required to stimulate the economy and support jobs growth,” Ms Cromarty said.

“It was great to see a range of initiatives and projects funded, including support for our tourism and visitor economy sector, Deakin University, Anam Cara House Geelong, Skilling the Bay via The Gordon and also previously announced projects including Kardinia Park Stadium, Geelong Fast Rail, and the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds rail duplication. These are all projects that Committee for Geelong has advocated for and we welcome the Victorian Government’s inclusion in this budget.

“However, we were disappointed to not see funding specifically for the Northern Aquatic and Community Hub project but note that there is a significant up-kick in funding of $110 million for the Economic and Community Development Fund to support priority community projects that can be activated quickly to create and retain jobs. This fund may provide an avenue for State Government support for the Hub.

“We were also concerned that there was no reference to the $15 million required for road funding for the GeelongPort to support the arrival of the Spirit of Tasmania in 2022.

“The Committee for Geelong will continue to work with our members and local stakeholders with a view to advocating to both the Federal and State Governments for the 2021 May Budgets, “ Ms Cromarty said.

For media enquiries, please contact Jennifer Cromarty via or phone 0413 241 033.