With a population of over almost 259,000 people, the City of Greater Geelong is Victoria’s largest regional city and located 75 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. Key natural features of the region include Corio Bay, the Bellarine Peninsula, the Barwon River, You Yangs Regional Park, wetlands, beautiful parklands and wildlife sanctuaries.
While Greater Geelong has recorded strong Gross Regional Product and jobs growth in recent years, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and associated restrictions, have interrupted this trend. Forecasts show that all industries have experienced job losses and reduced revenue, except healthcare and social assistance. Sectors facing the largest economic impact include tourism, hospitality, retail, personal services, professional services, education and training, arts and recreation, and construction.
Many jobs in the region are generated to service our growing population. The industries that contribute the most jobs and value-added Gross Regional Product in Greater Geelong are:
- healthcare and social assistance
- education and training
- retail trade and
Manufacturing is still an important contributor to local economic value. Job losses in the sector have slowed as high-value industries, such as advanced manufacturing, cleantech and agribusiness, have grown. Sectors we anticipate will experience long-term growth in Greater Geelong include tourism, specialised finance and insurance services, and creative, design and digital industries.
Greater Geelong is part of the Regional City council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.
Anakie (part), Armstrong Creek, Avalon, Balliang (part), Barwon Heads, Batesford (part), Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Bellarine, Belmont, Breakwater, Breamlea (part), Ceres, Charlemont, Clifton Springs, Connewarre (part), Corio, Curlewis, Drumcondra, Drysdale, East Geelong, Fyansford, Geelong, Geelong West, Grovedale, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Highton, Indented Head, Lara, Leopold, Little River (part), Lovely Banks, Manifold Heights, Mannerim, Marcus Hill, Marshall, Moolap, Moorabool, Mount Duneed (part), Newcomb, Newtown, Norlane, North Geelong, North Shore, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale (part), Point Wilson, Portarlington, Rippleside, St Albans Park, St Leonards, Staughton Vale, Swan Bay, Thomson, Wallington, Wandana Heights, Waurn Ponds and Whittington.
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11 Councillors elected in October 2020.
Bellarine - Stephanie Asher - Mayor
Bellarine - Jim Mason
Bellarine - Trent Sullivan - Deputy Mayor
Brownbill - Eddy Kontelj
Brownbill - Sarah Mansfield
Brownbill - Peter Murrihy
Kardinia - Bruce Harwood
Kardinia - Belinda Maloney
Kardinia - Ron Nelson
Windermere - Anthony Aitken
Windermere - Kylie Grzybek
Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031
Source: Victoria Grants Commission.
The figures in the bottom two rows of the table show combined one-off and ongoing funding received by council from both the Federal and State Governments. It is important to note that this amount can change significantly from year to year as individual government funding programs change and natural events such as fires and floods occur.
Data shows the amount allocated in respect of the relevant financial year. In some years, that amount will vary from the payments received that year, as a result of the Commonwealth "bringing forward" some payments.
|Recurrent Expenditure ($)||391.174m||360.990m||344.446m||321.318m||310.376m||291.620m||277.502m||261.094m||276.316m||243.706m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||398.618m||398.574m||374.114m||360.038m||330.550m||331.639m||289.645m||286.870m||279.328m||275.193m|
|- Rates and Charges||241.483m||230.370m||218.295m||204.956m||193.657m||179.895m||170.766m||160.158m||150.468m||140.869m|
|- VGC Grants||21.981m||20.938m||20.239m||19.302m||19.206m||19.335m||19.195m||19.069m||19.052m||18.437m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants