For over 100 years, approximately 500 hectacres of prime land right next door to the Geelong CBD has been closed to the public and used as private commercial salt extraction fields. It’s time to remediate this land and redevelop it as a world class, mixed use, new township for the benefit and enjoyment of the entire Geelong community.
With world class shopping, sports facilities, schools, hospitals, beaches and a University close by, it’s hard to imagine a better location for a major game changing project.
Here’s some of the key planned features of the Nelson Cove project:
- About 97 ha’s of the land would ultimately become public parks, gardens, beaches and bird wetlands;
- About 430 ha’s of land nearby at Lara would be permanently reserved as wetlands designed for migratory wading birds;
- A 5 kilometre linear track would be reserved to potentially accommodate a public light rail system which could eventually connect to the Geelong CBD;
- Over 55 ha’s next to the CSIRO would be set aside for a major ‘hi-tech’ business park possibly including a University campus;
- About 83 ha’s would be designed to accommodate a host of major sporting codes including AFL, Cricket, Rugby, Soccer, Hockey, Tennis, Netball and Athletics;
- Two marina precincts to eventually accommodate thousands of boats, each with extensive wharf side entertainment space for hotels, restaurants, cafes, specialty retail and other marine related industry;
- Over 1,650 stunning waterfront residential allotments, all with private moorings and access to the bay;
- Over 30 ha’s of waterfront boulevard medium density sites capable of accommodating well over 1,500 dwellings and other commercial activity;
- All homes set at least 2.5 metres above sea level;
- Flood works to protect hundreds of existing homes in Newcomb on land just above sea level;
- Over 2,000 construction jobs and 3,000+ permanent jobs to be created;
- A $4 Billion+ economic boost to the region;
- More than 3.5 kilometres of new public beaches created and then opened to the public for the first time in over 100 years.