Meet your local councillors at a 'Listening Post' near you

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Councillors will take to the streets across the region during May in the first of a series of ‘Listening Post’ sessions planned for 2021.

As part of a commitment to making themselves accessible to the community, councillors will visit locations in their local wards, giving residents an opportunity to speak with them informally and raise issues and ideas.

The upcoming sessions will also offer community members a chance to learn more about the Council’s draft four-year strategic document – ‘Our Community Plan 2021-25’ – and the proposed 2021-22 budget, which are both available for public comment until 25 May. 

Details for the May series of ‘Listening Post’ events are as follows:

Kardinia Ward (councillors Bruce Harwood, Belinda Moloney and Ron Nelson)
Saturday 8 May

  • Belle Vue Ave, Highton Village – outside Bendigo Bank, 9.30am-10.30am
  • The Village Warralily shopping centre, Armstrong Creek – inside centre, outside Woolworths 11am-12pm

WindermereWard (councillors Anthony Aitken and Kylie Grzybek)

Saturday 15 May

  •  48-50 The Centreway, Lara 10am-11am

Wednesday 26 May

  • City of Greater Geelong Customer Service Centre, Corio Village shopping centre, Corio 2.30-3.30pm

PLEASE NOTE: The Corio session now scheduled for Wednesday 26 May replaces a session initially planned for Wednesday 12 May.

Bellarine Ward (Mayor Stephanie Asher, Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan and Councillor Jim Mason)
Saturday 15 May

  •  The Terrace, Ocean Grove – outside Coles, 9.00am-10.00am
  • Newcombe Street, Portarlington – outside newsagent, 10.30am-11.30am
  • High Street, Drysdale - outside Drysdale Uniting Church, 12pm-1pm

Brownbill Ward (councillors Eddy Kontelj, Sarah Mansfield and Peter Murrihy)
Saturday 22 May

  •  Pakington Street – on grassed area outside Town Hall, 10am-11am
  • Newcombe Central Shopping Centre, front entrance, 11.30am-12.30pm

Mayor Stephanie Asher said all councillors were looking forward to speaking with the community in a relaxed environment.

“We welcome anyone with an issue or idea to come and chat with us – it’s a good chance to engage with all of your local councillors at the same time,” Mayor Asher said.

“As elected representatives our key role is to understand what the community is thinking and feeling, and then reflect that in our decision making.

“So this will be a great opportunity to check the pulse of our local towns, in addition to the contact we already make with community members on a daily basis.

“I’m also really looking forward to raising awareness in the community about some of the exciting local projects funded through our proposed budget.”

Further Listening Posts will take place in each ward throughout the year, with dates and locations to be confirmed.

The initiative adds to the Council’s decision to hold four meetings this year at community-based locations, giving residents across Greater Geelong an opportunity to attend and participate without the need to travel to City Hall.

The first of these meetings was at the Highton Bowls Club on 27 April, with the next to take place at Parks Hall in Portarlington on 25 May.

For Council meeting replays and minutes, as well as upcoming dates, click here.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 11 May 2021