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The Spirit of Tasmania vessels will now head to Geelong, following an agreement with TT-Line Company and GeelongPort about the relocation of the Victorian port home.
The Spirit of Tasmania vessels, previously docked at Station Pier, Port Melbourne and will now port at Corio Quay, north of Geelong.
GeelongPort CEO, Brett Winter, said that the deal with TT-Line will create major economic, employment and tourism opportunities for Geelong, the Bellarine and the wider G21 region.
“Bringing the iconic Spirit of Tasmania vessels to GeelongPort is a huge coup for the Geelong region. Each year over 450,000 passengers and 105,000 twenty–foot equivalent units of freight sail with Spirit of Tasmania,” Mr Winter said.
“Now more than ever, opportunities to inject new jobs and economic growth into the greater Geelong region are crucial.
“Working with our key stakeholders, we need to streamline our planning approvals so that this important project will be ready for 2022”.
The project is expected to generate up to 75 construction jobs over the two year build program, whilst increasing tourism expenditure in the greater Geelong region by up to $174.1 million by 2029. In addition, there will be a number of new opportunities for regional hospitality, agribusiness, and logistics services.
The proposed solution at GeelongPort’s Corio Quay, located in Geelong’s north, would provide a dedicated, large scale passenger and freight terminal that would transform Spirit of Tasmania’s customer experience.
With access to the Princes Highway and Freeway, Corio Quay is near two rail stations, 15 minutes from Avalon Airport and a mere 50 minutes from the Great Ocean Road.
This article first appeared on infrastructuremagazine.com.au
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