Read the video transcript for the Geelong and Surf Coast budget video

  • Regional partnerships

  • 9 new Regional Partnerships have been established to hear from the people who know their communities best and turn their priorities into action.

  • Regional communities have told us they want investments that support stronger, more connected regional centres and small towns.

  • Find out about the Barwon Regional Partnership

Creating and protecting jobs in the regions

To help create more jobs and grow our regional cities and towns, this Budget will make it easier to do business in regional Victoria. We will reduce the payroll tax rate by 25% for all businesses operating substantially in regional Victoria.

  • $1 million to research City Deals for the Geelong and Great Ocean Road region, Latrobe Valley, Bendigo and Ballarat
  • $15 million to revitalise Central Geelong
  • $1.3 million simplifying the Great Ocean Road management arrangements
  • $4.9 million for Kardinia Park redevelopment stage 5 – project development funding
  • $15 million to expand the Future Industries Manufacturing program and the Local Industry Fund for Transition program, which supports businesses affected by the exit of the automotive industry, including those in Geelong.

Regional road upgrades

We are upgrading roads across regional Victoria to better connect communities, improve safety, and make it easier to get produce from paddock to port, including:

  • Forest Apollo Bay Road
  • Great Ocean Road
  • Grubb Road Ocean Grove planning
  • Hamilton Highway
  • Henty Highway package
  • Midland Highway - Geelong to Bannockburn feasibility study
  • Princes Highway West - Colac to SA Border
  • Barwon Heads Road / Black Rock Road / Stacey’s Road, Connewarre, new roundabout
  • Fyansford – Gheringhap Road, Midland Highway to Hamilton Highway, shoulder and barrier installation
  • Lower Duneed Road, Surf Coast Highway to Barwon Heads Road, shoulder, drainage and barrier construction
  • Cape Otway Road, Princes Highway to Hendy Main Road, shoulder and barrier construction.

Regional public transport

This budget invests in regional public transport to improve the regional rail network to address growth in demand, improve the reliability of services and give regional towns and cities the infrastructure they deserve. 

This includes:

  • one return off‑peak service from Melbourne to Geelong every day of the week
  • a crossing loop from Boorcan to Weerite

Improving our regional schools

This budget invests $64.1 million to modernise, upgrade and regenerate 59 primary and secondary schools in regional and rural Victoria including:

  • Ashby Primary School
  • Bellbrae Primary School
  • Ceres Primary School
  • Chilwell Primary School
  • Hamlyn Banks Primary School
  • Leopold Primary School
  • Mount Duneed Regional Primary School
  • Newcomb Park Primary School
  • Newtown Primary School
  • Oberon Primary School
  • Winchelsea Primary School.

Regional health

Every Victorian should be able to rely on the best of health care, close to home.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 invests an additional $2.9 billion in Victoria’s health system, so families in rural and regional areas can receive high-quality care when they need it.

Barwon will benefit from:

$9.7 million to start capital planning and purchase of three new regional residential drug rehabilitation treatment facilities in the Gippsland, Hume and Barwon regions.

Community safety

Crime has been rising over the last 6 years and something had to be done. The Government has a clear law and order plan, taking a stand to tackle crime and keep Victorians safe. Victoria Police will get the powers and resources they need – everything they have asked for to stop crime and reduce harm.

In addition to the record boost to police, the Government is addressing the safety of our communities at all levels, from crime prevention and neighbourhood policing, through to the criminal justice, prison and rehabilitation systems.

Eliminating family violence

$448.1 million to establish Support and Safety Hubs, with launch sites across Victoria including in the Barwon region.

Water for the Anglesea River

  • Additional water will be pumped into the Anglesea River over summer to address lower water flows, and ensure it is available for a range of recreational use.

Media releases

Investing in Geelong schools and Geelong kids

Video transcript: Geelong and Surf Coast

We’re getting on with the job in Geelong and the Surf Coast, and this year’s Budget delivers the things that really matter.

We’re building better roads across our state, improving safety, boosting maintenance and targeting investment where it’s needed most.

We’re transforming Regional Rail, because every Victorian deserves transport options they can count on. This is the Regional Rail revival our state needs to better connect communities, to create more jobs and to give you a faster, more reliable service.

We’re building more regional trains too, for Victorians, in Victoria. All part of the biggest ever investment in a better V/Line.

Victoria now leads the nation in jobs growth, and we’re making sure that every region shares in that success. We’re cutting taxes for regional business to create more jobs, we’re boosting housing construction in regional Victoria too, and we’ll keep investing in skills, apprenticeships and attracting new businesses in regional Victoria.

We’re helping end the divide, with better mobile and broadband coverage across regional Victoria.

We’re protecting our environment, supporting new energy and banning fracking for good. We’re securing our water supply and investing even more to support our faming communities, because a healthy environment is critical to a healthy Victoria.

I promised I would do everything I could to keep women and their children safe. That I’d change it all when it comes to family violence, and that’s what this Budget does; protecting the vulnerable, punishing the guilty. It’s the biggest investment ever to end family violence.

There will be thousands of more police on our streets, too, with the resources and equipment they need to keep people safe in every city and every town.

In an emergency, all we want is for our loved ones to get fast and first-class care. So we’re investing more in regional health services and delivering an ambulance service Victorians can count on, wherever you live.

We’re putting more teachers into better classrooms, upgrading and building new schools across regional Victoria. And for our youngest Victorians, we’re making sure our kinders are properly funded, and that every child gets the best start in life.

More jobs, better schools, world-class health care, a safer Victoria, better roads and regional rail that works.

These are the things that really matter, for every Victorian, wherever you live.

That’s what we were elected to do, and we are getting on with the job.

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