A new Civic Precinct for Geelong

We are building a new Civic Precinct and meeting place for the people of Geelong at 137 Mercer Street in Geelong.

Mercer Street is uniquely and strategically positioned as a gateway into Geelong’s central business, retail, education and arts and cultural precincts.

Its close proximity to Geelong Railway Station, Deakin University and the new Convention Centre makes it an ideal ‘welcome corridor’ and meeting place for residents and visitors to our great city.

The precinct is expected to include:

  • our new central workplace and one-stop-shop to access city services
  • public spaces to be enjoyed by the community
  • street level retail and commercial activity to enhance local amenity.

The total budget for the precinct is $91 million and will be largely funded through the sale of surplus City assets.

We aim to further showcase our credentials as a UNESCO City of Design by building an iconic, inclusive and welcoming civic precinct the Geelong community can be proud of.

Community comes through with big ideas for City’s new Civic Precinct

Between March and June, we ran an open engagement calling for big ideas to help shape the future of our new Civic Precinct and central administrative office at 137 Mercer Street. Through an interactive online map, site walking tours and workshops with key stakeholders, we received hundreds of ideas, suggestions and aspirations for the precinct and its surrounding area.

Among the suggestions were calls for an active public space, meaningful representation of our local Aboriginal culture and heritage, strong connections to City Hall, Johnstone Park and the Railway Station, and a focus on sustainability in design and access for people of all abilities.

We heard that our community wants a precinct that is a place of welcome to the city, with a design that celebrates and validates our UNESCO City of Design designation and embraces our Clever and Creative 30-year vision.

The results from this engagement will help us pick a preferred partner to deliver the precinct in August and will inform the design of our preferred partner as they engage further with our community. Read a summary of the report, or read the full report.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 28 August 2019