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Stacks of cash: Morrison splashes $154m on Great Ocean Road, Geelong Melbourne

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    © Getty Images/Xavier Lane The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road. Despite the name, the popular tourist attraction actually consists of 8 pillars.

    A new amphitheater, viewing deck, and a "visitor pod" will be built at the Twelve Apostles as part of a $154 million federal government splurge in Geelong and along the Great Ocean Road.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison will visit the region on Monday to announce what has been described as a "game changer".

    State Opposition Leader Matthew Guy will not be with Mr. Morrison when he announces the investment package on the Great Ocean Road. Instead, Mr. Guy is traveling with reporters to Ballarat.

    Mr. Morrison was also absent from the Liberals' campaign launch in Ivanhoe on Sunday, despite his appearance in western Victoria less than 24 hours later.

    The funding package includes new viewing areas at the Twelve Apostles, including an all-weather amphitheater. The existing visitor center will also be redeveloped into a $1.4 million "visitor pod," Mr. Morrison's office says.

    The spending is part of a larger cash splash throughout the greater Geelong area, which will also include $10 million for a new ferry terminal at Queenscliff, $30 million for a Geelong convention center and $20 million for a visitor experience center at Glenample.

    The package will also finance walking and cycling trails from Apollo Bay to Skenes Creek.

    Mr. Morrison told local radio on Monday the money was a big win for tourism and the local regions.

    Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan, who is also the local MP, said the money was "the biggest investment in tourist infrastructure for the south-west for decades, I would say ever".

    "It means the two million tourists who visit the Twelve Apostles annually will now be able to stop and explore the region.

    "The investment will bring huge economic benefits including a huge growth in jobs."

    Federal Liberal MP for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, called the funding a "true game changer".

    "Very proud of the economic boost, jobs and transformational projects we are delivering," she tweeted.

    The works include; $1.9 million for a Twelve Apostles amphitheatre and viewing deck, improving access and allowing for all-weather views, $1.1 million to refurbish the existing Twelve Apostles Information Centre to become new visitor pod with bicycle share point, transport and shelter, $1.4 million for the construction of a Twelve Apostles viewing hide and emergency shelter, $1.4 million for the construction of an interim car park at the Twelve Apostles, $2.3 million for land acquisition, re-vegetation and demolition works, $1.7 million towards beach access at Gibson’s Steps, which will include a new tunnel and beach stairs experience with controlled access to the beach during severe conditions, $500,000 for the construction of a park and ride transport hub and park entry access road, $500,000 for the construction of a visitor pod at Gibson’s Steps, $100,000 for the provision of interpretive visitor information and $23.35 million towards a business attraction fund, which will support activation of private investment opportunities through the provision of services such as water and sewerage and infrastructure upgrades for roads, power and communications.

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