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Greater Geelong City

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The City of Greater Geelong is Victoria's second largest city, 75km south west of Melbourne.

The City contains a mix of coastal, country and suburban communities. Its coastline includes Corio Bay and the Bellarine Peninsula. Country areas of the city have a diverse range of primary producers and several significant national and state parks. Notable features include the waterfront precinct, Deakin University, the National Wool Museum and the Geelong Heritage Centre.

Geelong’s economy has been diversifying over many years and now has a much broader industry base. Traditional manufacturing industries have been in a slow decline, with health care and social assistance now the highest employed industry in the municipality.

Geelong’s major industry strengths include health, education and research, advanced manufacturing, defence, information and communications technology, tourism, and food and agriculture. 

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, 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


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.

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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 


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
Recurrent Government Grants

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