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The Committee for Geelong was established in 2001 by a group of Geelong leaders who saw an opportunity to collaborate to build a better Geelong. The result was an apolitical and non profit, member based organisation.

A governance structure was established in the form of a Board of Management of 20 people drawn from the Committee's membership, led by a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson. An Executive Director was appointed by the Board to spearhead the work. 

Sub committees were appointed to oversee on-going work and various task forces have been convened to work on key initiatives throughout the life of the Committee.

The Committee for Geelong Board established four priority operational principles;

  • Research and intelligence
  • Networking
  • Advocacy
  • Ongoing execution


These principles now guide decision making about the Committee's activities and initiatives.  The Committee for Geelong works by researching, validating, initiating and building community support for medium and longer-term projects that will materially improve the quality of life of the citizens of Geelong.

Since its inception the Committee has gained recognition locally, nationally and internationally as an effective advocate for Geelong and an asset to the community.  It has become a model itself and is often called on to advise other regional cities around the country on how to establish their own Committees.

Upcoming Events

News & Updates

Activate #6 Session Two

Activate #6 - Session Two

LfG 18/19 Seminar: Innovation and Growth

LfG 18/19 Seminar 2: Innovation and Growth

LfG 18/19 Seminar: Education and Training

LfG 18/19 Seminar 3: Education and Training

Current Projects

Proposed Second City Policy Framework

The Committee for Geelong launched a proposed 'framework' for its Second City policy for Geelong, outlining five key themes it believes are central to the future success of Geelong as Victoria's Second City.

Winning from Second - International research paper

What Geelong Can Learn From International Second Cities


"Opened the doors for our business......"

Nick Stahl, General Manager, Boundary Bend Olives

"Putting local Geelong Businesses in front of key decision makers......"

Andy Mathers, General Manager, K-Rock/Bay FM

"The more united we are in business the more successful the transformation......"

Mathew Burns, Brewery Ambassador, Little Creatures