Designing our best future



Initiatives of the CFGFind out more

To achieve our strategic objectives, the Committee for Geelong uses its:


Extensive political, business and community member networks.


Focussed portfolio of economic insights and evidence-based study.



Financial capability achieved through attracting financial input from government, business and not-for-profits, together with the collective intelligence and critical mass of members, leaders, staff and partners.

To stimulate economic prosperity and innovation we will:

  • Invest in independent study and research.
  • Advocate for Geelong’s transformation to a smart, globally connected city developing the skills, innovation and jobs for the future.
  • Assist in attracting major national and international events and activities to Geelong.
  • Advocate for the regionalisation of Government agencies and major corporate entities with a focus on them establishing either a presence or headquarters in Geelong.
  • Actively support both ‘start-up’ and scaleups.

To drive infrastructure, capacity and liveability we will:

  • Actively support the development of social and digital infrastructure and policies that advance
    the liveability of Geelong.
  • Actively support the development of Geelong’s transport sector including road, rail, Avalon Airport and Geelong Port.

To deliver community leadership and advocacy we will:

  • Develop the capacity and influence of regional leaders through the delivery of leadership programs.
  • Develop a strong policy for Victoria’s Second City that includes sustainable growth and captures the brand essence and single voice of Geelong.

Committee for Geelong Annual Leadership Award

Since 2010, the Committee for Geelong has awarded the Annual Leadership Award to a leader of significance in our community. The inaugural Annual Leadership Award that year was bestowed upon Frank Costa AO,  for his services to the Geelong community.

The Annual Leadership Award was renamed the Frank Costa Annual Leadership Award  in 2021, in recognition of Frank Costa’s legacy and leadership in the Geelong community and remembers him as one of the Committee for Geelong’s founders 20 years ago. Mr Costa sadly passed away in May 2021.

The inaugural Frank Costa Leadership Award was bestowed upon Frances Diver at the Committee for Geelong’s 20th Anniversary event in December 2021. 

Annual Leadership Award Recipients

2010      Frank Costa AO

2011      Michael Dowling AM

2012      Barry Fagg

2013      Michael Martinez

2014      Professor Jane Den Hollander AO

2015      Fr Kevin Dillon AM

2016      Pat Murnane

2017      Michael Betts

2018      Award recipient not appointed

2019      Brian Cook

2020     Elaine Carbines AM

Frank Costa Leadership Award Recipients

2021      Frances Diver

Current Initiatives

“Leadership is not about the position you hold, but the difference you make.”

Toni Van Hammond, LfG 2006 Alumni

Leadership Portfolio

Since 2006, the CfG has delivered leadership programs to support Geelong’s transformation into a world-class city-region.

Applications for Activate are currently closed.

Activate is an eight-week program for emerging leaders to explore the foundations of leadership and gain confidence, knowledge, skills and strategies to lift their leadership capacity for personal, professional and community benefit.

The Victorian Government are running free support forums on COVIDSafe Plans or to have their plan reviewed or developed further.
Tuesday, 25th January (3.00pm)
Thursday, 27th January (11.30am)

In her Op Ed, published 21/1 in the @geelongaddy
CEO of @Comm4geelong, Jennifer Cromarty, calls for the future Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre, to be 'a truly iconic building on our waterfront' and a 'venue of architectural importance'.Read here,

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Committee For Geelong

Level 1 Sally Walker Building,
1 Gheringhap Street,
Geelong, Victoria, 3220

+61 3 5227 8075

9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday to Friday

The Committee for Geelong acknowledges the Wadawurrung People as the Traditional Owners of the lands, waters, seas and skies on which we operate.  We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.  We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people as Australia’s First Nations people.