Our vision to 2030

Our vision was that in 2030, Geelong is internationally recognised as one of the world’s most resilient cities through collaboration and innovation in three focus areas.

Sustainability - through efficient resource use

Liveability - building healthy, resilient communities, which are connected and care for each other

Productivity - through a transition to a low carbon economy; cleaner, leaner and smarter businesses and industries powered by an informed, educated and skilled workforce that thinks and acts for the long term.

The purpose

  • To promote and support new and existing sustainability initiatives from business, industry, community, education and government;
  • Facilitate sustainable build form outcomes by providing environmentally sustainable development assessments through the planning application process; and
  • Enhance the prosperity of Geelong for future generations through initiatives that lead to jobs, skills development and business development.

The challenge

Geelong is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. It faces significant social, environmental and economic challenges as it transforms into a city of the 22nd century. The Geelong community recognises that this challenge requires a comprehensive response involving all stakeholders and all sectors.

With its strong growth; proactive business, industry and community groups; commitment to working together and an innovative culture, Geelong is ideally placed to take on this challenge.

The opportunity

The Future Proofing Geelong Partnership was active from 2011-2020, encouraging industry, business and community to collaborate around sustainability. Future Proofing Geelong was a dedicated group of partners collaborating on sustainability actions across industry, business, education, government and community.

The partners worked together to achieve the recommendations in the Low Carbon Growth Plan for Geelong, first published in 2011.  The Plan identified key opportunities to transition Geelong’s economy towards a low carbon future while achieving positive economic and social benefits.  An update of the Plan was published in 2015.

The program focused on enabling projects which assist Geelong to become more sustainable, more livable and more productive.  The partners had a vision that Geelong will be internationally recognised as one of the world’s most resilient cities.  

There has been a growth in sustainability capabilities across the region since Future Proofing Geelong's inception.  In 2020, the Future Proofing Geelong partners agreed it was time to dissolve the partnership, in light of a number of collaborations which now exist to address sustainability.  

Page last updated: Tuesday, 24 November 2020