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
"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
"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
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
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