City Plan 2013-2017

City Plan 2013-2017 is the key document that will guide the City of Greater Geelong’s activities during the term of our current Council.

It translates our communities’ needs and expectations into action.

The plan sets out our city’s vision and identifies the strategic directions, priorities, and strategies we will pursue to ensure the Geelong region remains the best place to live, not only today, but into the future.

City Plan 2013-2017 provides the framework for us to prioritise our work commitments each financial year. An annual City Plan action plan is produced in conjunction with our Annual Budget. This includes an ambitious program of actions that work towards realising our strategic directions and priorities, and Council’s key funding projects.

Following adoption of City Plan 2013-2017 and the Annual Budget, we undertake a quarterly review of our progress to monitor the delivery of our annual action plan. These reports are presented to Council and are available to the public through the Council minutes on our website.

At the end of each financial year we prepare a thorough Annual Report on the highlights, achievements and progress towards achieving City Plan 2013-2017, and address any setbacks experienced through the year.  This report is available from 30 September on our website, and at all Customer Service Centres.

City Plan 2013-2017 is the Council Plan for the City of Greater Geelong as per the Local Government Act 1989, Section 125.

Community input into City Plan

The City of Greater Geelong community played a major role in developing the vision and priorities for City Plan 2013-2017. ‘Your City Your Say’ was an extensive engagement process undertaken from October 2012 to February 2013, which presented a significant opportunity for community members and stakeholders to actively contribute to shaping our municipality for the future.

There were a range of opportunities for people to participate at a level appropriate to their interests: from digesting online material to understand the project and the process, through to active participation in workshops to provide direct input into the development of City Plan’s strategic directions and priorities.

City Plan engagement included:

  • A review of current and relevant strategies including:

    • the Bellarine Peninsula Strategic Plan 2006-2016;

    • Corio Norlane Structure Plan;

    • G21 Regional Growth Plan;

    • Geeyoung Project;

    • Grovedale Oberon 3216 Community Plan;

    • Multicultural Action Plan;

    • Vision 2; and

    • the Whittington Action Plan. Results from the Springdale Neighbourhood Summit

    were also considered.

  • Workshops with the newly elected Council.

  • Six community workshops at Belmont, Drysdale, Central Geelong, Hamlyn Heights, Lara and Norlane. 

  • Tailored workshops with Indigenous, disabled and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. 

  • A dedicated website including online forum. 

  • A hardcopy and online survey. 

  • Workshops involving City of Greater Geelong managers and coordinators. 

In total 561 people were involved in the engagement, and nearly 10,000 individual comments were received. A number of consistent issues and themes were identified, and this feedback has been used extensively in the development of the key priorities of City Plan 2013-2017.

We appreciate the time you have taken to have your say on the future of our municipality, and we thank you for your input.

Page last updated: Friday, 23 June 2017