Creating a shared vision for South Geelong

Friday, 12 July 2019

An Urban Design Framework (UDF) will be developed to guide future development surrounding the railway station.

The UDF will help create a shared design vision and direct future public and private investment in the area.

Priorities of the project include:
- upgrading spaces and places for people and events
- improving streetscapes to make the area safe and accessible to all
- identifying opportunities to encourage a mix of housing types; and
- ideas for a clever and creative South Geelong

The UDF will provide planning guidelines to protect the valued character of the suburb and guide future building form, scale and materials.

The project builds on the City’s Settlement Strategy, which recommended investigating opportunities for higher density development around rail corridors.

It also follows the commitment of the state and federal governments to duplicate the rail track from South Geelong to Waurn Ponds.

The rail improvement project includes the upgrade of stations and platforms.

It is important that our planning frameworks support and leverage the opportunities presented by major infrastructure projects.

There will be several opportunities for the community to provide input into the development of the UDF.

As part of the engagement, public workshops will be held at East Geelong Football Netball Club on 31 July (5.30pm to 8.30pm) and 6 August (6.00pm to 9.00pm).

A further workshop will be held at Eastern Hub Geelong on 10 August (9.30am to 12.30pm).
These sessions will provide a chance for people to hear about the UDF process and to share their own ideas.

Register for a community workshop through

If you can’t make one of the sessions, you can complete an online survey - where you can tell us what you value about the area and what you think it should look and be like in the future - via

Recommendations from the UDF will be linked to future budgets, development guidelines and planning zones for implementation. 

Mayor Bruce Harwood

South Geelong has a special place in the history of the city. It was where the first house was built in Geelong, and now hosts other heritage-listed character homes, major rail and road networks and key recreation and cultural facilities.
We want to ensure this historic area continues to thrive and that its full potential is unlocked.

Cr Jim Mason, Chair, Sustainable Development portfolio

The framework will recommend improvements to public spaces and existing infrastructure to help guide our future investment in South Geelong.
Feedback from the community will play an important part in shaping this framework, so we’re keen to see as many people as possible offering their ideas and telling us what they want for the area. Please log on and have your say or attend one of the public workshops if you can.


Page last updated: Friday, 12 July 2019