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No Second Place in Canberra

The Committee for Geelong (CfG) participated in the annual Geelong delegation to Canberra yesterday, as part of the Geelong Football Club's "FedCats" event. Working in collaboration with the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG), the delegates had a range of meetings at Parliament House.

The group comprised of CfG Chairperson Dan Simmonds, CEO Rebecca Casson, along with CoGG's Chair of Administrator's Dr Kathy Alexander and CEO Kelvin Spiller.

The collaborative delegation advocated on a range of issues including Avalon Airport's international status, the revitalisation of Central Geelong, defence opportunities, NBN, the redevelopment of GPAC and the completion of Simonds Stadium.

The group also used the opportunity to brief MPs on the Committee's recently released international research report "Winning from Second." The report was compiled with the assistance of the United Nations Global Compact - Cities Programme and RMIT's Centre for Urban Research, and with support from the Commonwealth Bank.

"We went to Canberra to ensure our nation's leaders are aware of Geelong's significant position as Victoria's second largest city," Ms Casson said,

"The Committee's recently launched Winning from Second report was a key document used during meetings today"

"The report is the first independent and evidenced based document providing insights to inform Geelong's future direction."  This report provides an evidence base for the City of Greater Geelong's "Our Future" long term shared strategic vision for our city.

The overarching recommendation of the Winning from Second report is for Geelong to engage in the development of a second city policy with the Victorian and Federal Governments. 

"We received very positive feedback about the report's recommendations, including that the research positions Geelong exceptionally well in a national context."

Another recommendation of the Winning from Second report was for a co-ordinated approach to economic development and planning.

"Collaborating with the City of Greater Geelong on this delegation to Canberra provided a solid base to begin the development of a unified set of strategic priorities for Geelong.  As evidenced by the Winning from Second report, providing united advocacy - particularly in Canberra - can lead to greater outcomes for our city."



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