Detailed planning, technical investigations and costings are also in progress for the $2 billion Geelong Fast Rail and dedicated track between Werribee and Laverton. And work has begun on the $50 billion Suburban Rail Loop, linking the Werribee and Frankston lines via Melbourne Airport and delivering better access to tertiary education, employment and business opportunities by 2053.
Schools across the region have benefited from significant investment in recent years and this trend looks set to continue. Students at Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Wallington primary schools all have new $200,000 playgrounds to enjoy this year, while Queenscliff Primary School will unveil a $500,000 refurbishment in 2024.
Sporting facilities are also in line for major upgrades. South Barwon Cricket Club opened its new turf and hard-wicket training nets in May. Looking ahead, the council is considering an upgrade of the Barwon Heads Tennis Club courts and pavilion, and pavilion works at Collendina Reserve, Devlins Road Reserve and Barwon Heads Bowling Club.
The allure of the Bellarine Peninsula’s expansive coastline and world-class beaches continues to captivate locals and visitors alike. A series of projects are underway in Ocean Grove to repair and replace paths, stairways, boardwalks and access ramps to further enhance the beauty of this valuable natural asset. Barwon Heads 13th Beach Surf Life Saving Club has unveiled its $1.39 million refurbished clubhouse, including a second-storey extension for enhanced training space, a new gym, and upgraded kitchen and change rooms.
The $10 million redevelopment of Barwon Heads IGA is in progress, to cater for the town’s growing population. The redevelopment will double floor space at the supermarket and add six apartments above the store when it opens in February next year.
The Bellarine Peninsula’s stunning natural assets, vibrant arts scene, exceptional sports facilities and top-tier educational institutions, alongside the sustained investment in new and improved infrastructure, guarantees the enduring appeal and long-term growth of this in-demand area.