ICTP - Future statements – Geelong in 2024

The strategic actions outlined in the Plan have been developed to address the identified issues and key challenges facing transport and land use within the City of Greater Geelong.

These strategic actions have been developed to align with the vision for the City of Greater Geelong with the aim of achieving a future as outlined below.

Central Geelong

Central Geelong continues to be a successful central hub for retail, business, education, leisure and tourism. The active frontage, high quality streetscapes and mix of uses have created a safe and secure street environment that is popular with the community.

It has successfully attracted knowledge industry jobs and presents new employment opportunities to residents who previously commuted to Melbourne for work.

Growth areas

Growth areas within the City of Greater Geelong, including Armstrong Creek, Jetty Road and Lara West, have succeeded through best-practice planning that provided high quality public transport and infrastructure that encourages walking and cycling.

The mix of land uses within these growth areas has reduced the need for car travel and invited more short local trips via sustainable travel modes.

Road safety

The 2012–17 Geelong Road Safety Strategy’s successful implementation reduced the number of fatal and serious injury crashes. Subsequent road safety strategies effectively implemented in the City of Greater Geelong have reduced the city’s number of fatal and serious injury crashes.

The number of cycle trips has increased and the number of crashes involving cyclists has decreased as a result of the enhanced on- and off-road cycleway infrastructure.

Active transport

The City of Greater Geelong has a comprehensive network of footpaths and cycle routes that provide easy access for local communities.

The mode share of trips via walking and cycling has risen significantly and is comparable to that of metro Melbourne. The daily volume of trips by active transport modes has significantly increased as a result of the increased population walking more often.

The suburbs and towns within the City of Greater Geelong enjoy a higher level of physical activity with active transport being chosen by all age groups for a range of trip types.

Public transport

Frequent and reliable rail services between Geelong and Melbourne provide fast, comfortable access to Melbourne-based employment. Geelong rail line improvements provide an attractive intercity rail service for people making local public transport trips within the City of Greater Geelong to key destinations including central Geelong, Deakin University, and new growth areas located along the rail corridor.

Integrating the bus and rail networks within Geelong, enabled many more people to access rail services without adding to traffic congestion and without the need for extensive additional parking. Providing high density development near railway stations allows a large number of people to walk to rail services, creating street activity and promoting active travel choices.

Faster, more frequent bus services, and longer operating spans from towns and outer suburbs within the City of Greater Geelong has also improved public transport’s mode share and has helped reduce Geelong’s car dependence by offering an attractive alternative.


The City of Greater Geelong has adapted to the changing economy by understanding the changing needs for the movement of freight on the transport network. Adopting the Network Operating Plans within the City of Greater Geelong prioritised transport network investment in dedicated freight routes, while minimising community impacts.

Gateways to Geelong

The key gateways (Ports and Airports) to the City of Greater Geelong have been enhanced in line with the adopted Master Plans to accommodate forecast growth in trade movements and to realise the opportunity for growth at Avalon Airport.

Car parking

The City of Greater Geelong is widely regarded as a progressive Council that has taken an advanced approach to parking, using parking policies to support its vision, aims and objectives.

Strong population growth in the City of Greater Geelong has seen it grow into a larger regional city where a Council-generated transport culture change resulted in improved access to central Geelong.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 10 December 2019