Geelong City Deal Needs
Clearer Geelong Focus
The Committee for Geelong believes that it is essential for the
Geelong region to be involved in a city deal bid, however it is
calling for a clear focus on distinctly 'Geelong-centric'
Whilst support from the G21 Geelong Region Alliance and the other
regional councils is essential, the Committee for Geelong believes
that, as the largest local government authority in the region, it
should be the role of the City of Greater Geelong to be setting
priorities for the bid and leading it.
Significant projects that have already been discussed include
major infrastructure opportunities such as revitalising Central
Geelong, a convention centre, the redevelopment of GPAC, the final
stage of Kardinia Park, Royal Geelong Yacht Club's Geelong
Waterfront Safe Harbour project, the Geelong Mineral Spa proposal,
further development of Avalon Airport, investment in Geelong Port,
the Northern ARC, the opportunities arising from Bay West and the
future development of the Moolap site.
The Committee believes that these types of transformational
projects have the biggest potential to drive much needed jobs and
growth in Geelong.
While potential projects such as an upgrade to the Great Ocean
Road could also offer benefits, the Committee believes there are
potentially more pressing priorities which could deliver bigger
wins in driving economic development.
There may also be other funding streams, outside the city deal, to
address issues on the Great Ocean Road, together with the other
projects that were mentioned in G21's media release including: Fort
Queenscliff Master Plan implementation, Gateway to the Great Ocean
Road, Surf City Museum upgrade, development or upgrades to various
bike and walking trails, Apollo Bay Harbour precinct and conference
facility, Lorne Point Grey Precinct Redevelopment and
implementation of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan.
Geelong's city deal is dependent on successfully leveraging
private sector investment, and the Committee believes that
attracting significant support will be largely dependent on
developing projects of scale and substance in Victoria's second
The Committee believes a city deal for Geelong should seek to
revitalise development; activate industry and export growth;
support long term growth of local businesses; improve education and
training; boost liveability and enhance planning, co-ordination and
One example could be a focus on public transport with a specific
emphasis on improving the Melbourne to Geelong train line.
Providing certainty of transport funding for the next ten years,
and reviewing future opportunities for high speed rail, should all
In addition, local employment opportunities, local and social
procurement, together with training, reskilling and upskilling are
all vital to a future city deal. Clearly, both The Gordon and
Deakin University should also be intrinsically involved in future
city deal discussions.
Good city deals also offer devolution of powers and funding,
which is dependent on the city being able to demonstrate strong and
With this in mind, the Committee has called for the various
Geelong representative groups to be brave enough to consider a
formal governance review of their own organisations, including the
Committee for Geelong.
As evidenced by the Committee's international Winning from
Second research report, establishing a 'One Geelong'
structure could prove to the Federal Government that, whilst we may
have different views, we can all speak with one voice
regarding Victoria's second largest city - the city
deal is a perfect vehicle for that, and could further galvanise the
The Committee is scheduled to present its Winning from
Second research, which includes the 'One Geelong'
concept, to both the Boards of the G21 Geelong Region Alliance and
the Geelong Chamber of Commerce in the next two months.