November 14, 2016

ROWERS REJOICE AS BARWON RIVER LANDING GETS A REVAMP

The Barwon River rowing landing is getting a much-needed makeover thanks to $700,000 in funding from the Andrews Labor Government – cementing Geelong’s reputation as one of the state’s premier rowing destinations.

Visiting the Barwon River Rowing Club today, Minister for Water Lisa Neville announced that the $850,000 project would replace the 200-metre landing and support the continued success of the region’s popular rowing regattas.

Rowing brings in more than $2.7 million in economic benefits to Geelong each year.

Established in 1870, the Barwon River Rowing Club is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Victoria and a cornerstone of the region’s rowing community.

The Barwon River is identified as a priority waterway in the Corangamite Waterway Strategy and is the focus of large-scale restoration in the state water plan – Water for Victoria – released last month.

Water for Victoria prioritises projects which deliver shared environmental, social and economic benefits for the community.

Demolition of the old landing took place in October and building works on the new landing are already underway. Weather permitting, the new landing is due to be completed by the end of December.

The project is jointly funded by the Labor Government, the City of Greater Geelong, Rowing Geelong, and the Corangamite CMA.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville:

“Rowing is so important to Geelong and Barwon communities, bringing in millions for the local economy each year and supporting healthy lifestyles.”

“Whether it’s representing your local club in a rowing competition, fishing, swimming or simply taking a walk – local residents enjoy getting out and using our wonderful rivers.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens:

“For the last two years, we’ve delivered on the things that matter most to people – creating more jobs, and making sure that every Victorian has access to the best sporting facilities in their communities.”

“The landing redevelopment is the result of a fantastic partnership between local community groups and government to get the best facilities for our local residents.”