Geelong councillors have endorsed the old Ford Factory as the preferred site for Geelong’s Motoring Museum.
There were two potential sites raised in a feasibility study – the old car site and Seagull Paddock in Norlane.
Deputy mayor Anthony Aitken spoke at this week’s council meeting, encouraging the current owners of the Ford site to consider a proposal to house the museum.
“I also encourage the current owners, which is the Pelligra group, to consider the signifcant connection and history that we have towards the motoring and industrial manufacturing that has existed in Geelong,” Cr Aitken said.
“If we don’t do something, the (car) collection is under threat.
“It’s under threat not just being lost to Geelong, it’s under threat of actually being lost to Australia.”
A report to council also recommended a ‘Big Thing’ be aligned with the museum.
The cost of developing the museum could cost between $8 and $15 millions, with another $3 million for a Big Thing.