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Greater Geelong City

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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.

Victoria in Future 

Greater Geelong - Victoria in Future 2016 

Aboriginal Community Profile

Greater Geelong Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)

Localities

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.

Community Satisfaction

City of Greater Geelong Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results 

Annual Report

City of Greater Geelong Annual Report 2018/19

Elections

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.

Visit the Guide for more information on Council elections.
Visit the Victorian Electoral Commission for more elections details.

Councillors

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

 

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 

Finances

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.

  2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
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
19.745m
14.160m
13.591m
20.637m
20.232m
9.877m
13.568m
9.838m
20.378m
9.525m
Recurrent Government Grants
58.639m
53.924m
58.812m
38.297m
27.987m
25.629m
25.537m
22.851m
21.654m
19.884m

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