. Down at Jirrahlinga in Barwon Heads, the Mayor and a delegation from China.
Chinese investors were in Geelong to learn about potential opportunities in the region and went to Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary as part of their visit. PIC: Peter Ristevski Source: News Limited
Mayor Darryn Lyons fends off a dingo which had a nibble on his mayoral robes. PIC: Peter Ristevski Source: News Limited
A DELEGATION of 30 cashed-up Chinese business executives were impressed by what they were told about investment opportunities in Geelong, according to organisers.
Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons and Enterprise Geelong director Russell Walker welcomed the delegation to Geelong at a morning function at The Pier.
From the meeting area they enjoyed sweeping views of Geelong’s waterfront, and Mayor Lyons pointed out the “grassy knoll” in Eastern Park earmarked for a spa and wellness centre.
Cr Lyons also mentioned the opportunities surrounding his idea for a Chinatown in the CBD, possible along Little Malop St west of Moorabool St.
“One of my personal ambitions is to establish a Chinatown in Central Geelong and we’ve already had some very productive discussions about this with local Chinese business leaders,” Mayor Lyons said.
“I think we have a unique opportunity to create a Chinese business and dining precinct and in my experience such precincts do much to activate cities and are widely welcomed by the community.’’
Delegate and PKU president Liang Naizhong also mentioned the Chinatown plan in his response to the welcome.
“I am told in Geelong that you are going to have a Chinatown,’’ he said. “I am expecting to hear more.’’
Mr Naizhong said he looked forward to hearing more about other investment opportunities in Geelong. The delegation later heard from a number of local businesses looking to explore opportunities to work together.
During its visit the delegation met with the Victorian Government’s Invest Victoria unit.
Enterprise Geelong was part of this presentation and had an opportunity to welcome the group prior to their arrival in Geelong.
Dr Walker said later that the presentations to the delegates had been well received, and the delegates had been impressed with the unique investment opportunities offered by Geelong.
“A lot of them were looking at lifestyle opportunities and Geelong really lends itself to that,’’ he said.
There was also a pleasant surprise for the delegates when they left the meeting room in the form of some native animals supplied by Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary provided two koalas, a wallaby, a dingo and an echidna, but the most popular for photos turned out to be the baby wombat.
Mayor Lyons said he was known as “Wombat” when he was in London.
Darryn Lyons shows off our national wildlife to Chinese investors. PIC: Peter Ristevski Source: News Limited