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GMHBA Stadium 

Redevelopment - Phase 5 

Industry Briefing with BESIX Watpac 

Presented by 

This redevelopment will cement Kardinia Park Stadium’s status as Australia’s best regional stadium and deliver a range of economic and social benefits for the Geelong region. The $142 million project will increase the stadium capacity to 40,000 and create around 300 jobs. Construction to finish in 2023.

How to submit an expression of Interest

To submit an initial EOI, companies must have an ICN Gateway company profile. Information on how to register your company on ICN Gateway is detailed below.


This is an initial, generic EOI submission only. All companies who submit an EOI will be included in information presented to Construction Companies who are shortlisted to bid for this Project.


The services, programmes and initiatives provided by ICN Victoria are aimed at complementing a company's existing Sales, Marketing and Business Development strategy and any EOI submitted should not be considered as an alternative to these activities.

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Opening Address with Dianne Smith, CEO, ICN Victoria Address by Local Member Geelong with


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Christine Couzens MP 

State Member for Geelong

Christine Couzens has been the Member for Geelong since November 2014. Geelong born and bred, the mother of four and living with her partner in Geelong West.  Christine has a long history working in community housing and with disadvantaged youth. She has worked in state politics and has a strong relationship with the Geelong union movement.

Christine believes that everybody, regardless of their family’s financial status, is entitled to first-rate health and education.

Christine is the Premiers Ambassador for Closing the Gap, addressing issues that negatively impact the health of Aboriginal people in Victoria. With three aboriginal children herself, she understands the issues aboriginal communities are dealing with.

Christine is currently chairing a working group to develop strategies for Aboriginal people and people with a disability to gain real pathways to employment in the health sector.

Christine is committed to championing the rights of those with a disability to have equal access to health, educational, social and employment opportunities. 

Christine is a member of the Parliament of Victoria’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee, and the Legal and Social Issues Committee

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Giulia Baggio

CEO G21 - Geelong Region Alliance

Giulia has recently taken up the role of CEO at G21, following several decades working across a number of public policy areas in government and advocacy organisations. She enjoys working in collaboration across the community to achieve practical outcomes, big and small, for the public good.


Giulia specialises in strategic communications and community engagement with a portfolio of work that includes housing and homelessness, climate policy and carbon pricing, workplace relations, superannuation and women’s financial security.


Giulia began her career at the ABC as a news and current affairs journalist, working predominantly as a political reporter in the Victorian and Canberra press galleries. Most recently, she enjoyed an eventful period as Chief of Staff to the Lord Mayor of Melbourne as the city endured the severe impacts of the COVID lockdown.

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Dianne Smith

CEO - ICN Victoria

Dianne is CEO of ICN Victoria which, supported by the Victorian Government, has been working for local industry since 1984 to increase local capability and economic growth opportunities for local industry.  


Previously Chief Executive of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce and Chief Executive, Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), Dianne uses knowledge gained from over 20 years in the visitor economy, working in regional and metropolitan positions in marketing, visitor services, policy and strategy.  Other roles in the sector included Manager - Tourism Partnerships, Parks Victoria, for nine years, Executive Director, Ballarat Tourism and Marketing & Visitor Services Manager of Melbourne Zoo. She has worked in the hotel and computer industries, and holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.


Dianne represented regional Victoria on the State Government’s Community Support Fund Community Advisory Panel in the late 1990s.  She was a member of Victoria University’s Vice Chancellor’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB) from 2016 – 2019. Dianne is currently a non-Executive Director of the Emerald Tourist Railway Board and is the Deputy Chair.

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Simon Ballard

General Manager - Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania at BESIX Watpac

Simon has more than 25 years of construction and engineering leadership and delivery experience with Australia’s leading contractors, including some of the country’s largest projects.


Prior to joining the company, Simon was General Manager for CPB Contractor's South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania region where he led the delivery of a diverse portfolio including high profile greenfield and brownfield projects. Prior to CPB, Simon was a Construction Manager at Thiess. From improved safety results and team performance to meeting client expectations despite challenging operating environments, Simon has a strong list of career achievements. Simon has a focus on realising the vision of his clients and working towards common goals alongside staff, clients, delivery partners and supply chains.

Andrew Bradley 

Senior Industry Liasion - ICN Victoria

Brian Finnigan

Senior Procurement Adviser - ICN Victoria

Tina Eastman

Senior Procurement Manager - BESIX Watpac

Robert Francesevic

 Contracts Administrator -  BESIX Watpac

Tijana Gibson

Senior Client Services Coordinator - ICN Victoria

Peter McCracken

Industry Adviser - ICN Victoria

Luba Pavlovic

Demonstration Project Coordinator, Major Projects - Apprenticeships Victoria

Alex Traynor

Senior Jobs Victoria Coordinator - Jobs Victoria

About the project 

The project will cement Kardinia Park Stadium’s status as Australia’s best regional stadium and deliver a range of economic and social benefits for the Geelong region. The $142 million project will increase the stadium capacity to 40,000 and create around 300 jobs. Construction to finish in 2023.


The proposed redevelopment will deliver:

  • completion of the stadium bowl, with a new 14,000 capacity two-tier northern stand to replace the ageing Ford Stand and Ablett Terrace

  • a new northern entry plaza for patrons entering from Geelong city centre and the South Geelong train station

  • existing Geelong Cricket Club rooms at the stadium to be replaced and new cricket facilities to be built including a new indoor cricket hub.

  • new media and loading facilities with better pitch access to allow the delivery of drop-in pitches to enable Kardinia Park to host international and top tier cricket

  • new unisex change rooms and facilities that will allow more professional women’s sport to be played at the stadium

  • new sports museum to be built at Kardinia Park as part of the project

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