Geelong community has demonstrated resilience and progressed its vision to be
recognised as a ‘clever and creative’ city-region, despite the challenges of
COVID-19 in 2020.
Annual Report – Our Progress 2020’ reflects the significant impact of the
pandemic on the community, while highlighting how the Council, local
organisations and the community quickly adapted to the evolving environment.
would support the region’s long-term economic and social recovery were brought
forward, innovative ideas became a reality and events were shifted online,
aligning with the nine aspirations from the community-led 30-year vision
‘Greater Geelong: A Clever and Creative Future’.
aims to guide the region towards being internationally recognised by 2047 as a
‘clever and creative city-region that is forward looking, enterprising and
adaptive, and cares for its people and environment’. Since the launch of the
vision in 2017, Geelong was recognised as Australia’s only UNESCO City of
achievements from 2020 include:
- Corio Quay
was announced as the new home for the Spirit of Tasmania’s Victorian port
adopted a plan to facilitate an increase of 12,000 new social housing
properties over the next 20 years;
- The City
used 8,745 tonnes of recycled asphalt materials to build and renew roads
and footpaths, and recycled nearly 6,548 tonnes of concrete;
Victorian Government matched the Federal Government’s $2 billion funding
commitment for stage one of Geelong Fast Rail;
Health North officially opened and completed 55,000 COVID-19 tests;
- The City
committed to converting 25,000 streetlights to energy-efficient LEDs with
Heights College turned part of its campus into a kitchen garden to provide
produce for families experiencing financial hardship;
- The City
restored a degraded shellfish reef using 500 square metres of recycled
shells from restaurants and the seafood industry;
Word for Word Festival partnered with the nation’s leading Indigenous
publisher to present its inaugural 2020 schools program; and
- The City’s
Geelong Small Business Festival gave business people across Australia a
chance to safely connect, support and learn from each other online.
Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said there are many positives to take out of this
report after an unprecedented 2020.
forced us to change how we do things and I’m so proud of how community members
pulled together to step up to challenges from the pandemic in their own clever
and creative way.
approved an estimated $16.9 million to help businesses, community groups and residents
impacted by the pandemic, which will assist in our journey towards our
Trent Sullivan said while there’s still work to do to recover from the
pandemic, there are many hard-fought achievements showcased in the report.
programs and initiatives were successfully carried out last year in spite of
COVID-19, which goes to show how innovative and strong our community really
is continuing to work with organisations and the broader community to support
the region’s social and economic recovery.
can view the Vision Annual Report – Our Progress 2020 report at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/clevercreative
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