VICTORIAN Premier Daniel Andrews last week announced the creation of the Geelong Authority, which will push ahead with major planning decisions as part of an effort to create jobs and stimulate growth in Geelong.
The Authority will be headed by a Board of Directors. The members of the Board will be local leaders in business, health and the Geelong community. The Authority's inaugural Chair will be Peter Dorling, who is Business Manager at Avalon Airport and has extensive local industry experience.
Other Board nominees include:
- Mr Robert Costa – Chairman of Costa Group Holdings and GRIIF;
- Ms Janet Dore – Outgoing CEO of the TAC;
- Ms Roz Hansen – Member of the Central Geelong Taskforce; and
- Ms Jill Smith – General Manager of GPAC.
Planning Minister Richard Wynne will be responsible for planning decisions in the CBD and the Moolap waterfront precinct where projects cover more than 5,000 square metres and will act on the advice of the Board.
According to the government, this will streamline planning decisions and secure real action for the Geelong community on major projects. Places Victoria will deliver approved projects on behalf of the Authority.
The State Government has allocated $500,000 to establish the Geelong Authority, as well as $3 million for early on-the-ground works.