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Committee for Geelong Second City Policy in first-place focus at Annual Dinner

Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Victorian Liberal Party, The Hon. Matthew Guy MP, confirmed his support of a Second City Policy for Geelong last night, when he addressed over 300 of Geelong's community leaders at the Committee for Geelong's (CfG) annual dinner and leadership graduation.


During his keynote speech at the event, Mr Guy said he was ambitious for Victoria's second city, and he wanted to see Geelong grow.


"A government I lead will give Geelong a seat at the Cabinet table; and not as simply a place of residence for one or two of its members, but Geelong, the city, as front and centre policy," said Mr Guy.


"I will appoint a Minister for Geelong, a person who will have specific defined responsibility for the development and growth of this city; that would include new responsibilities in the planning system and for oversighting funding for the greater Geelong area.


This will be the responsibility for a cabinet member to focus on the city and take Second City Policy directly to the Cabinet table," said Mr Guy.


CfG CEO, Rebecca Casson said Mr Guy's support of a Second City Policy was an important and significant step in the right direction for Geelong's future.


"We are delighted to hear that Mr Guy supports a Second City policy for Geelong.  As identified in our international research,Winning from Second: What Geelong can learn from international second cities, there is significant benefits to be gained from a greater policy focus on second cities like Geelong, which can produce benefits that extend further than their boundaries."


Over a number of years, the Committee has advocated for this type of progressive policy paradigm for Victoria's second city.  It is especially exciting to hear Mr Guy validate that such a policy can be of great benefit to both the State and the whole of our region," said Ms Casson.


"As an independent and a-political organisation, the Committee for Geelong works closely with all levels of Government.  We will continue to advocate for the best overall long-term outcomes for Geelong, and a Second City Policy will remain at the forefront of our work," said Ms Casson.


If you would like to read the Winning from Second research report, you can do so here.



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