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The foyer of Geelong Construction Centre with a sign for Gate 2 and people walking

Early works have commenced on the much-anticipated Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCEC) to prepare the waterfront site for major construction.

The preparatory works include geotechnical investigations, that are an essential part of the construction. This will help prepare the land for the project’s development, ensuring that future designs take into account all relevant site considerations.

The precinct will include a 200-room luxury hotel and commercial spaces, and a 1,000-seat plenary venue which will be developed with 3,700 square metres of flexible multipurpose space to allow large and small events to run concurrently.

The GCEC will support 600 jobs during construction and an additional 270 ongoing jobs once complete. The hotel will further boost employment opportunities and strengthen the region’s visitor economy.

Next steps include an industry briefing for architects, designers and builders followed by an Expression of Interest (EOI) process.

Details of commercial opportunities to activate the precinct and create better connections to the CBD and Western Beach, such as the hotel, will be determined through the EOI process.

The Victorian Government is contributing $261 million to the project, with the Federal Government contributing $30 million and $3 million from the City of Greater Geelong – bringing the total project value to $294 million.

Development Victoria is pleased to be involved with this exciting regional project that is creating hundreds of jobs during construction and ongoing jobs when complete.

The project is funded through the Geelong City Deal, a 10-year plan to revitalise Geelong through critical infrastructure.

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Updated on 26 May 2023