With a population of over 252,000 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.
Our rapidly growing population is supporting growth in our diverse economy. Our biggest growth sectors include: health care and allied services; construction; education and training; and hospitality services. While changes in our manufacturing sector have mirrored global trends, the sector still accounts for a large proportion of local jobs in increasingly knowledge-intensive and specialised products such as: advanced manufacturing; cleantech; and agribusiness.
Other key industries in our economy include: tourism; specialised insurance services; and creative 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, Avalon, Balliang, Bareena, Barwon Heads, Batesford, Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Bellarine, Belmont, Breakwater, Breamlea, Ceres, Clifton Springs, Connewarre, Corio, Curlewis, Drumcondra, Drysdale, Fyansford, Geelong, Geelong East, Geelong North, Geelong South, Geelong West, Grovedale, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill, Highton, Indented Head, Lara, Leopold, Little River, Lovely Banks, Manifold Heights, Mannerim, Marcus Hill, Marshall, Moolap, Moorabool, Mount Duneed, Newcomb, Newtown, Norlane, North Shore, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, 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.
Greater Geelong City Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 4 wards and 11 Councillors.
Since 2008, all Victorian Councillors serve a four year term.
The Greater Geelong City Council was dismissed by the Local Government (Greater Geelong City Council) Act 2016 on 15 April 2016. A panel of three administrators were appointed to constitute the council until the most recent election in October 2017. The current Council will serve a three year term, with the next general election being in October 2020 to align with all other Victorian local governments.
In November 2017, the Victorian Government appointed two municipal monitors to help restore good governance for the people of Geelong. Jude Munro was appointed primary monitor and Peter Dorling as supporting monitor. In February 2019, their role was reviewed by the Minister for Local Government and subsequently reduced. They will remain in place until Council’s general election in 2020 and hold quarterly meetings with the Council and other relevant stakeholders.
11 Councillors elected in October 2017.
Bellarine - Stephanie Asher - Mayor
Bellarine - Jim Mason
Bellarine - Trent Sullivan
Brownbill - Eddy Kontelj
Brownbill - Sarah Mansfield
Brownbill - Peter Murrihy
Kardinia - Bruce Harwood
Kardinia - Pat Murnane
Kardinia - Ron Nelson
Windermere - Anthony Aitken
Windermere - Kylie Grzybek - Deputy Mayor
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 ($)||360.990m||344.446m||321.318m||310.376m||291.620m||277.502m||261.094m||276.316m||243.706m||218.484m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||398.574m||374.114m||360.038m||330.550m||331.639m||289.645m||286.870m||279.328m||275.193m||236.302m|
|- Rates and Charges||230.370m||218.295m||204.956m||193.657m||179.895m||170.766m||160.158m||150.468m||140.869m||134.867m|
|- VGC Grants||20.938m||20.239m||19.302m||19.206m||19.335m||19.195m||19.069m||19.052m||18.437m||17.888m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants