Our Future – Community vision document endorsed at Council meeting

Posted 27 July 2017

More than 16,000 people have contributed Greater Geelong’s community-led blueprint to be recognised regionally, nationally and internationally as a clever and creative city-region.

The community-led vision document Greater Geelong: A Clever and Creative Future, which will guide our region’s development over the next 30 years, was endorsed by our Administrators at the Council meeting held on 25 July 2017.

Read Greater Geelong: A Clever and Creative Future

This short video explains how the community-led vision came to be:

The document is described as an important step along a journey to transform the community’s aspirations into reality. At the heart of Greater Geelong: A Clever and Creative Future are a series of community aspirations focusing on our region’s economy:

  • tourism and employment
  • enhancing and protecting the environment
  • social and economic equity
  • arts and culture
  • connectivity, including internet and transport and
  • future leadership.

The benefits of conducting this valuable piece of community research is the clarity of a long-term focus for the region, which will assist us to attract business opportunities and investment, and inform how we grow.

The Councils of other cities around the world, including Melbourne, have successfully delivered long-term plans by sticking to them, orientating their budgets toward them, influencing the plans of other stakeholders, lobbying government for their support, and facilitating an environment that encourages private investment.

Greater Geelong: A Clever and Creative Future will change the way that we do business and engage with our community.

The outcomes outlined in the community-led vision document will guide the 2018-2021 Council Plan, which will be reviewed annually.

Our annual budget and action plans will be consistent with the document and future Councils will report their progress and performance against its milestones.

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