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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.

The Committee's Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Casson says the organisation has invested the past four years studying other 'second cities' such as Newcastle and Wollongong in New South Wales and eight cities across the world to understand how they have reinvented themselves after facing similar economic challenges to Geelong.

 

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"What we found was that while each of the cities had quite unique pathways, there were many shared aspects of their successful economic transformations," she says. "Working with partners such as the United Nations Global Compact Cities Program and the Commonwealth Bank, we collated those findings in our evidence based research report called Winning from Second: What Geelong Can Learn From International Second Cities.

"This proposed framework is the next step in taking that evidence and looking at the practical and tangible changes Geelong could adopt to become a world class Second City - a clever and creative city of design."

Ms Casson says the proposed framework aims to encourage further discussion between all stakeholders, and guide future action to fully develop a Second City Policy Framework for Geelong.

"Victoria's second city can achieve this with a united vision and a commitment to fiscal, spatial and legislative reforms, in addition to amending key strategies and policies," she says.

The proposed framework puts forward 26 specific actions, and details local and Government targets for collaboration, support and investment.

"Amongst a wide range of proposed initiative and changes, we're also suggesting the development of a widely recognised city 'brand', the creation of an innovation fund to foster emerging industries and encouraging more government and corporate entities to consider Geelong an attractive decentralisation option," says Ms Casson. "The proposed initiatives and changes are broad, and all geared to driving a new era of economic and social prosperity."

The proposed framework document and the full details will be formally launched on Tuesday 24 July 2018, during the first trial ferry service by Port Phillip Ferries from Geelong to Melbourne.

"We want people to get 'on board' with this proposed plan as we advocate in the lead up to the November state election for real change and real results in Victoria's Second City, so we thought the ferry trial was an appropriate place to launch it," says Ms Casson.

 

 

 

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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.

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What Geelong Can Learn From International Second Cities

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