19 June 2013 — Planning Minister Matthew Guy has given the green light for further funding of a new health and community centre and sports pavilion in Geelong’s Armstrong Creek growth area.

Mr Guy has approved a grant of $7.7 million to the Geelong City Council with $7.1 million to be allocated for construction of an Armstrong Creek East neighbourhood health and community centre.

A total of $500,000 has been given for an Armstrong Creek East community sport pavilion and $140,000 to the Geelong Council for infrastructure planning and implementation.

“These state-of-the-art facilities for this growing region within the greater Geelong area will support the estimated forecast population growth of around 50,000 people,” Mr Guy said.

“Six hundred residences are underway or completed in Armstrong Creek, with an expected target of 800 residences by the end of 2013 and a further 600 next year.

“This is a key urban growth project in Geelong and will deliver a supply of residential land and a mix of retail; education and community uses; and provide up to 22,000 local jobs.”