Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) today announced that Victorian students will soon be setting sail at a new state-of-the-art facility on the Geelong waterfront.


Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens, today broke ground at the location for the new $3.7 million Victorian Sailing and Water Safety School and Royal Geelong Yacht Club building, announcing an additional $250,000 investment toward its delivery.


Christine Couzens said that the additional funding will assist in the timely delivery of the fit-for-purpose school facility.


“We’re delivering better facilities for students who visit the Victorian Sailing and Water Safety School, securing the school and historic yacht club’s place on the iconic Geelong waterfront,” Christine said.


This investment will commence the exciting development of the premier location, as the Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct (GWSHP) Project makes headway.


RGYC Commodore, John Kint, thanked the Victorian Government for their ongoing support.


“The Royal Geelong Yacht Club is grateful for the ongoing support of the Victorian Government and welcomes the announcement of further funding for this vital project that will enhance facilities to grow community engagement, education, and recreation along the Geelong waterfront,” John said.


The Victorian Sailing and Water Safety School, a campus of Newcomb Secondary College, offers life-saving boating and water safety training to local and visiting students from across Victoria.


The redeveloped facility will house classrooms, dormitories, sailing and water safety demonstration areas, radio control centre and observation platform looking out to Corio Bay.


Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, said this development “will not only benefit Geelong, but the students who travel from across Victoria to enjoy these facilities.”


This investment is from the Labor Government’s $50 million Shared Facilities Fund, putting schools at the centre of our neighbourhoods by building cultural and sporting facilities for students and the whole community to enjoy.