Sustainable development that supports population growth and protects the natural environment

The Greater Geelong community values

  • Green spaces and corridors, including farmland and recreational space, between urban areas;
  • Easy access to open space and parkland near homes;
  • The uniqueness and significance of natural bushland, coastlines, wetlands, rivers and beaches;
  • Sustainable development that responds to climate change;
  • Design that makes best use of technology for better and more sustainable living;
  • Development that enhances the identity of diverse neighbourhoods;
  • Design excellence and innovation in new buildings and public spaces;
  • Creating high amenity neighbourhoods that are well connected and sustainable.

Success will be achieved by

  • Revitalisation of Central Geelong;
  • Meeting the housing needs for projected population growth and future households;
  • Renewal of underutilised urban areas and buildings;
  • Preserving, enhancing and growing our natural areas;
  • Creation of urban forests throughout streets and parks;
  • New models of higher density sustainable living with access to public green space.


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Latest project


Civic Precinct at 137 Mercer Street

A new Civic Precinct for the people of Geelong at 137 Mercer Street.

The City and Quintessential Equity are partnering in a $200 million investment, with construction of the new Civic Precinct to create nearly 900 local jobs. An estimated 43 per cent of construction costs will be sourced locally.

The City is delivering the Civic Precinct without any increased cost to the ratepayer. In fact, once environmental and workplace efficiencies, increased rental returns, additional commercial rates and a reduced interest rate are factored in, the project will generate positive cashflow of $1.2 million per year, while still future-proofing the organisation’s workplace needs for the next two decades.

The multi-building design of the new Civic Precinct includes a second commercial building to be funded completely by Quintessential Equity, creating sustainably designed, PCA A-Grade office space for an additional 900 full-time workers in central Geelong.

With 48 per cent of the site dedicated to accessible public space as well as co-working spaces and retail and food tenancies, this vibrant and thriving precinct will provide direct connections to Johnstone Park and pedestrian access through to Bayley Street.

The precinct will feature end-of-trip facilities to encourage active modes of transport such as walking and cycling.

Find out more about the Civic Precinct.





Measures of success

Indicator Current data

Suburban tree canopy – Suburban tree canopy is greater than 25%.

Source: City of Greater Geelong. Frequency of data: Every two years

14% (2017)

14% (2015)

Area of measurement has increased as urban area has grown.

Natural habitat – An increase in the quantity of protected natural habitat.

Source: City of Greater Geelong. Frequency of data: Annually
898,712 hectares (2018)

Biodiversity – An increase in biodiversity with no loss of species and vegetation.

Source: To be determined
This measure will be excluded at this time due to a lack of available data.

Public open spaces – In urban areas, 95% of dwellings are within 400m of public open space.

Source: City of Greater Geelong. Frequency of data: Annually
This data will be available in the Our Progress 2019 report.

Suburban open space – No net loss of open space by suburb.

Source: City of Greater Geelong. Frequency of data: Annually

549 sites with a total area of 2,177.9 hectares (2018)

530 sites with total area of 2,147.6 hectares (2017)

Central Geelong – 10,000 people living in Central Geelong.

Source: Census of Population and Housing, Australian Bureau of Statistics. Frequency of data: Every five years

1,599 (2016)