Visitors To Say Hello To The Geelong Bollards

Posted 16 October 2018

The State Government is helping bring Geelong’s famous bollards to life with new funding for the Say Hello to the Geelong Bollards project.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren visited the Geelong waterfront today to announce Geelong and the Bellarine had received a grant through the new $2 million “Regional Events and Innovation Fund” adds to the $20 million Regional Events Fund which has helped deliver more than 180 local events throughout regional Victoria”. 

Created by artist Jan Mitchell in 1999, the 103 bollards carved from pier pylons are located around Corio Bay. The painted figures represent a range of local characters from the original indigenous inhabitants to explorers, opera singers and life savers, with each telling the story of a historic local event.

This project will use augmented reality to animate the bollards and bring to life their stories. Visitors will be able to use their smartphones to watch animated content of the bollards as they walk around the bay.

For nearly two decades Geelong’s bollards have been a key tourist attraction for the region which welcomed 5.1 million total visitors who spent an estimated $936 million in the year ending March 2018.

“Geelong and the Bellarine offer so much to see and do – this project will give locals and visitors alike the opportunity to explore the area and learn more about the local history” Mr John Eren said.

Bollard #22 Geelong Volunteer Rifle Band

Image: Geelong’s first Band Concerts were given in the Botanic Gardens in 1861. The Band is Playing ‘The Geelong Polka’.

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