Australian City Deals progress with Hobart and Geelong

Science and population increases drive Hobart and Geelong City Deals

13 Feb 2018

The Hobart City Deal will support affordable housing in the Greater Hobart region as well guide a coordinated approach to transport planning including future public transport options; facilitate an Antarctic Precinct that draws on Hobart's advantages as the gateway to Antarctica and as a world leader in Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientific research; and facilitate the further development of the University of Tasmania.

Although details of the Geelong Deal are yet to be finalised it does reflect the large increase in new housing in and around Geelong. Both Torquay and Ocean Grove - Barwon Heads increased their population by 7,300 people between 2006 and 2016, the biggest increase in Victoria for any region outside Greater Melbourne. In addition, the fastest growth outside Melbourne was in Bannockburn (82%), which is just to the north west of Geelong. The Geelong City Deal recognises that ‘Melbourne and Victoria's regional cities require continued investment to meet infrastructure needs, provide jobs and improve the lives of residents.’

City Deals are targeted at achieving better transport, improved housing supply and affordability, better access to jobs and improved environmental outcomes. They formalise the partnership across the three levels of government and define priorities, actions, timeframes and accountabilities for achieving joint goals.