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Greater Geelong City

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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
- construction
- retail trade and
- manufacturing

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.

Victoria in Future 

Greater Geelong - Victoria in Future 2016 

Aboriginal Community Profile

Greater Geelong Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)


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.

For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.

Community Satisfaction

City of Greater Geelong Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results 

Annual Report

City of Greater Geelong Annual Report 2019/20


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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


Population data

Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031

  • 2016 233,349 
  • 2021 253,247 
  • 2026 274,085 
  • 2031 296,360 


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.

  2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11
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

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