The Central Geelong Accessibility Improvements Project is an important part of the city centre revitalisation. The works follow an accessibility audit of central Geelong undertaken by the Revitalising Central Geelong (RCG) Partnership that identified the challenges to easy access for all users, especially people with mobility limitations, wheelchairs users, seniors and parents with prams.
The RCG Accessibility Improvements project is funded through the $382 million Geelong City Deal – a 10-year partnership between the Australian and Victorian governments, and the City of Greater Geelong. Through the Geelong City Deal, $1.5 million in funding has been allocated to improve accessibility within central Geelong.
During 2019, Stage 1 of the Central Geelong Accessibility Improvements Project was undertaken, which delivered a number of projects for central Geelong, including:
- Replacing paving and realigning disabled parking bays in Corio Street, Emerald Place and Limerick Place.
- A new pathway, realigning pedestrian crossings, and relocating traffic signs and signals on the corner of Eastern Beach Road and Bellarine Street.
- Providing a hard surface link between paths and barbeques and constructing a new path between Eastern Beach Reserve and the Mineral Springs.
- Upgrading paths alongside median breaks, constructing a new break at the eastern end, and constructing a new path and kerb ramp at Ritchie Boulevard and The Baywalk along Geelong’s waterfront.
- Installing a ‘Changing Places’ amenity at Westfield Geelong Shopping Centre.
Planning is now underway to implement Stage 2 of the Central Geelong Accessibility Improvements Project. Works in this stage include the replacement of damaged and dangerous paving, new ramps alongside disabled parking bays, new asphalt to damaged pedestrian surfaces, new signage and line marking.
Stage 2 aims to upgrade key footpaths and disabled parking bays to allow easier and more convenient movement and connectivity for people with disabilities mobility limitations, wheelchairs users and parents with prams.
Page last updated: 29/03/21