The CFG exists to actively advocate for a better future for Geelong. We have identified that the Geelong city-region needs economic and social drivers for growth and sustainability.
We are committed to the values of our organisation, which continue to carry us forward in our work.
An independent, membership-based organisation, we understand the hallmark of effective advocacy is a true non-partisan approach. This liberty allows the CfG to be strategic – actively pursuing leadership and influence to leverage the economic potential of our city-region.

We are collaborative in that we acknowledge we cannot do everything alone. We work with our members, leaders, stakeholders and governments to advocate for the best overall long-term outcomes for Geelong.
Finally, we are courageous – as thought leaders, we recognise that positively agitating for change can be difficult, but that has never stopped us.
As our city-region continues to address the challenges of a community transforming, we remain dedicated to exploring opportunities for positive growth for Geelong.


The CfG was established in 2001 by a group of Geelong leaders who identified an opportunity to collaborate to build a better Geelong. Nearly 20 years later, the organisation stands proud among its global contemporaries.
A member of the influential ‘Committees for Cities’ group, the CfG can do what others are often not in a position to do. We are governed by a Board and Chairperson, with oversight by a representative group of members known as the Strategy and Policy Committee.
Our members represent the political spectrum and a breadth of industry both by sector and size; from microbusinesses through to global corporations. All tiers of membership invest in the CfG and engage with the organisation because they believe in what we do.




Geelong as a thriving, inclusive and world-class place to live, work and prosper. Geelong as a city-region which:

  • Is vibrant and innovative
  • Participates on the world stage
  • Has a strong sense of ‘place’
  • Promotes the high value of its people and its natural environment
  • Is considered a compelling choice as a city-region which combines economic prosperity and a Turquoise lifestyle

Our Mission

current Projects
The CfG drives collaboration and strategic leadership to deliver economic and social growth for Geelong. The CfG advocates for real change with tangible and positive impacts.