Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

More than 600 Geelong and Corangamite jobs created by $20 million regional funding boost

Media Release


17 January 2018

Joint release with:

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP

Prime Minister

Sarah Henderson MP

Federal Member for Conrangamite

The Geelong and Corangamite region is the first to benefit with the Turnbull Government announcing funding for the first wave of successful projects under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages.

The initiative is part of the Australian Government's commitment to stimulate jobs and drive economic growth in Australia's regions.

After an extensive assessment process involving strong community input, 21 projects totalling $20 million will be delivered in Geelong and Corangamite region, providing residents with a range of employment and investment opportunities.

More than 600 new jobs will be generated through the construction phase and a further 600 ongoing jobs will be created, with just over 200 of those ongoing jobs in advanced manufacturing.

The Coalition is committed to supporting regional Australia and as part of that commitment it is essential we help regions such as Geelong and Corangamite unlock their potential by investing in key projects that support their economic future.

This $220 million pilot programme, being rolled out in 10 regional locations across the nation, has been designed to diversify regional economies —particularly those that have undergone large structural changes—to help drive economic growth and job creation in these communities.

The 21 organisations set to benefit from today's announcement highlight both the innovation and future business prowess of the region.

A range of projects will be delivered through this package including Australia's first commercial carbon fibre manufacturing facility, which will help drive regional innovation.

Projects also include the delivery of an ecotourism facility on the Great Ocean Road, a new additive manufacturing and engineering centre at Geelong's innovation precinct, and further investment in Geelong's Waterfront—all of which will provide jobs and support the region for years to come.

Successful projects under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages: Geelong region
Successful recipientProjectGrant Approved
Lemond Composites Pty Ltd Design and construction of Australia's first carbon fibre manufacturing facility using new reactor technology developed by researchers at Deakin University's Carbon Nexus Laboratory. $5,000,000
COESR Pty Ltd Development of an ecotourism destination and retail precinct at Lake Modewarre, which will form part of a larger scale 650 acre development. $3,288,925
Conservation Ecology Centre Pty Ltd Development of a new tourism experience at Apollo Bay
—Wildlife Wonders—where visitors will experience the native flora and fauna of the Otways in a natural setting with conservationists, guides and indigenous perspectives.
Royal Geelong Yacht Club Further development of the Geelong waterfront “Safe Harbour Precinct”, including building a new public pier, clubhouse, public facilities and event spaces. $2,000,000
Flat Glass Industries Pty Ltd Assisting Flat Glass Industries to transition from automotive glass manufacturer to manufacturing high performance architectural glass. $1,980,197
Conflux Technology Pty Ltd Construction of an Additive Manufacturing & Engineering Centre (AMEC) at the Geelong Innovation Precinct to ensure a supply of highly skilled professionals specialising in the additive manufacturing. $1,029,464
Pure Ponics Pty Ltd Expansion of the fish and plant aquaponics growing areas to increase capacity and pave the way for future expansion. $720,500
EMU (Aus) Pty Ltd Installation of new equipment to increase production of sheepskin footwear. $545,826
CMTP Pty Ltd Installation of a new automated timber resaw system to increase local production of timber products. $500,000
York Sourdough Pty Ltd as trustee for York Sourdough Unit Trust Establishing a jun kombucha brewing facility to provide local production of a range of probiotic drinks for local distribution and a view to developing products for export. $500,000
Anglesea Surf Lifesaving Club Inc Redevelopment of the club house at Anglesea SLSC to provide enhanced operations and training facilities, community amenity and event spaces. $500,000
36T Pty Ltd Establishment of an advanced manufacturing facility for the production and export of carbon composite bicycle wheels. $309,442
McMeckan Consulting Pty Ltd as trustee for The McMeckan Family Trust Construction of an outdoor cooking and instruction facility to add tourism attraction to Basil Farms and the Swan Bay area. $300,000
Capricorn Power Pty Ltd Manufacture of an innovative high-efficiency engine to convert waste heat to electricity—the Barton engine—as a pilot project. $292,750
Colac Otway Shire Implementation of Lake Colac Master Plan Stage 1 to improve amenities, community infrastructure and to provide additional attraction for tourists. $250,000
Australian New Energy Pty Ltd Installation of new equipment to increase packing capacity of waste wood and fibre products. $205,181
Australian New Energy Pty Ltd Installation of new equipment to increase production of waste wood and fibre products. $162,227
Homestead Australia Pty Ltd Expand and upgrade the tourism offering at Tarndwarncoort (Tarndie) heritage homestead by expanding accommodation, providing public amenities and event spaces. $145,000
CPS (Colac) Pty Ltd as trustee for CPS Trust Installation of new equipment to allow for dye- sublimation fabric printing, which will increase local garment production and reduce reliance on imported products. $100,000
DRW Investments Pty Ltd Installation of workshop equipment that will promote heavy vehicle safety and increase local capacity to service heavy vehicles. $95,000
Teamworks Performance Pty Ltd Upgrades to the TWP manufacturing facility which will improve local garment manufacturing and reduce the need to source garments from overseas. $70,000