Civic Precinct explores Central Geelong’s past and future for Geelong Design Week

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Discover the hidden connection between Cunningham Pier and Geelong’s new Civic Precinct in a Geelong Design Week event exploring the fascinating past of the precinct and surrounding area.

The event is one of two that will explore the history and future plans for the site at 137 Mercer Street, which will include 2,600 square metres of new community space and the City’s new centralised offices once completed in 2022. The second event will focus on the urban design of the precinct’s new community space.

Hosted by the City of Greater Geelong and Quintessential Equity, the two free events offer participants the opportunity to hear from a panel of historians, architects and urban designers, and contribute their own ideas on future uses for two sites adjoining the Civic Precinct.

The two sites are 2 Bayley Street and the heritage-listed 151 Mercer Street, a two-storey brick building built in 1921 as a motor garage, which represents one of only three purpose-built early 20th century motor garages in Geelong.

Mayor Stephanie Asher said the events were a great way to engage with a project set to transform Central Geelong.

It’s not often we have the chance to create a new vibrant community space in Central Geelong.
We’ve listened carefully to what Geelong community members have told us they wanted from their new precinct, and this is a great chance to see how that vision is progressing.
Geelong Design Week is a vibrant and exciting festival which further consolidates Geelong’s place on the world stage alongside other creative cities.
This year’s theme is ‘unpredictable’ and provides us all a chance to reflect on the year that’s been and the possibilities for a design-driven future.

Quintessential Equity Executive Chairman Shane Quinn said the Civic Precinct was already making its mark on Central Geelong.

The Civic Precinct is already making a positive impact on Geelong through its construction, with the large majority of works being awarded to local companies.
We’re excited to have the chance to share the project’s progress with the community and hear
what they think about the precinct plans.

Participants can attend the events at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre or join online.

Registration is free at

Running from 18-28 March, Geelong Design Week will celebrate Geelong’s global recognition as Australia’s only UNESCO Creative City of Design. More than 60 events will imagine and explore a more resilient, more sustainable and more creative future for our community. Find the full program and book tickets at

Hidden rails - History and Heritage in the Civic Precinct

18 March, 9am at Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Wurdi Youang (5th floor)

Urban design and our Civic Precinct - Creating active community spaces

19 March, 2pm at Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Wurdi Youang (5th floor)

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