The CfG strives to improve the long-term economic prosperity of Geelong by strategically utilising investment into independent study and research to inform, and support, our projects and initiatives. The CfG strongly believes that the long-term planning required for Geelong to prosper needs to be founded within evidence-based research.
Proposed Second City Policy Framework
The CfG recognises the future challenges that Geelong will face. We understand that Geelong is unique and that those fortunate enough to reside in Geelong live in a city with world-class early childhood to tertiary education, affordable house prices, ease of transport, access to excellent health services, proximity to a world famous coastline, established and emerging industries, elite sporting teams and most importantly, wonderful people. Plus, Geelong has the benefit of proximity to Melbourne, which is only an hour away.
However, for some time the CfG has been concerned that there has been no agreed long-term shared strategic plan for the development and economic growth of our city-region. Page 41 of the report of the Commission of Inquiry into Greater Geelong City Council ( March 2016 ) highlighted that “…the development of an evidence-based, long- term vision and plan (for Geelong) should be a critical high priority…”
Recognising that the absence of such a plan could lead to the Geelong city-region not reaching its full potential, the CfG began considering and ultimately researching what policy initiatives could be adopted to assist with the development of Geelong. The CfG recognised the opportunity to develop a policy framework that would provide a pathway to Geelong being recognised as Victoria’s Second City.
The time is now right for the findings from the Winning from Second research to be converted into a proposed Second City Policy Framework, with Lead Research Partner, Commonwealth Bank, which could assist in bringing to life the vision for Geelong to be a clever and creative city of design.
You can read the Proposed Second City Policy Framework here
A Ferry Good Idea
Every day more residents are relocating to Victoria’s Second City with many of them commuting daily to work from Geelong to Melbourne. Our city-region is the fastest growing in the state and more than 17,000 Geelong commuters are travelling to Melbourne every day — more than 12,000 by road and over 5,000 choosing the train.
Since the Regional Rail Link began operation in 2015, passenger numbers on the Geelong-Melbourne rail service have increased dramatically, often resulting in overcrowding and frequent delays. However, there is good news on the horizon with the State Government recently completing the business case for the potential to duplicate the rail line from South Geelong to Waurn Ponds.
The next step is for this to be assessed by Infrastructure Australia in order for it to be considered for joint funding by both the State and Federal Governments. In addition, the potential for Geelong-Melbourne fast rail is being scoped as part of a $50 million funding package from the Victorian State Government to investigate improved rail links. Added to this, the Westgate Tunnel Project has started and is set to provide some longer-term relief for road users.
However, in order to address the more immediate issues, the CfG believes the time is now right to explore alternatives to the standard transport options to support our booming population, such as the introduction of high-speed ferry services between Central Geelong and Melbourne.
The CfG invited the founder and Chairman of the Little Group and owner of Port Phillip Ferries, Paul Little to recognise Geelong’s growing need for a daily commuter ferry and the opportunities it would generate. As a result of this call-to-action and from the generosity of the following CfG members: Bay FM, Edge, Garland Real Estate, Geelong Connected Communities, The Pier, Novotel, and Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine, the CfG and Port Phillip Ferries held two commuter trial days.
Winning from Second
Geelong, as Victoria’s Second City, needs a long term strategic direction to transform the city’s economic, environmental and social prospects. The Winning from Second report draws insight from the transformation of eight international cities and, importantly, provides an opportunity for Geelong, as it is poised for social, economic and political change, to respond with a strong and renewed focus for the future.
As the second largest city in Victoria, Geelong requires greater policy and planning to ensure the city’s economic growth. The Committee for Geelong, with the assistance of the United Nations Global Compact – Cities Programme and RMIT’s Centre for Urban research, and with the support of Commonwealth Bank and other partners, produced Winning from Second, an independent, evidence-based research report to provide recommendations for Geelong, based on comparable international second cities.
This research is of international significance and provides and framework to further drive the vision and strategic plan for our city’s future.
Over recent years, the Committee for Geelong has advocated for the development of a long-term shared strategic vision for Geelong. The principal recommendation of the Winning from Second report is that a new Second City Policy for Geelong be developed. This is aligned with Plan Melbourne’s recognition of Geelong as the State’s second city.
The Committee’s second city research became more prominent following the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into the Greater Geelong City Council, which highlighted the ‘lack of a shared longer-term vision’ for Geelong.
The Winning from Second research complements the ‘Our Future’ Clever and Creative vision developed by the City of Greater Geelong.
Read the Winning from Second report here
Geelong is undergoing a period of significant transformation in its economy, with corresponding changes in its relationship with the environment and identity. The ‘Turquoise Economy’ stems from one of the recommendations listed in the CfG’s Winning from Second report, which suggests Geelong could leverage its natural amenities through the mix of ‘green’ and ‘blue’ economic development, under the term ‘Turquoise Economy.’ Further research is currently underway.
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