An inclusive, diverse, healthy and socially connected community

The Greater Geelong community values

  • Access to quality education, health services and affordable housing;
  • A strong sense of community;
  • Support for vulnerable community members;
  • A range of employment opportunities.

Success will be achieved by

  • Young people connected to local decision-making;
  • Public areas and local services that are accessible to all levels of ability;
  • A variety of affordable options for people to rent or buy a home;
  • Support for the most vulnerable community members;
  • Local participation opportunities for new arrivals to the city-region;
  • Equity in the provision of community infrastructure;
  • Support for Wadawurrung leaders to ensure their connections to the city-region are maintained, and their connection to the community is strengthened.


Barwon Health - University Hospital Geelong

Latest project


Northern Aquatic and Community Hub

The Northern Aquatic and Community Hub will deliver state-of-the-art facilities to support local residents and make Norlane a regional destination for recreation, health and wellbeing experiences.

The Northern Aquatic and Community Hub will deliver state-of-the-art facilities to support local residents and make Norlane a regional destination for recreation, health and wellbeing experiences.

This landmark community facility, proposed for the current Waterworld site, is jointly funded by the City of Greater Geelong ($44.84 million), the Victorian Government ($8.5 million) and the Australian Government ($8.26 million), will deliver 128 jobs in the construction industry and is anticipated to attract 600,000 visits every year, delivering $111 million in preventative health benefits during its first decade of operation alone.

Set to support growth in the Northern Geelong growth corridor, the Northern Aquatic and Community Hub will be co-located with Barwon Health North, providing a unique opportunity to explore complementary health and wellbeing services.

Building on extensive community and stakeholder feedback, this life-changing facility will include a 25-metre pool, hydrotherapy pool, Learn-to-Swim pool, water-play area and waterslide; café; gymnasium, program rooms and occasional care facilities; 1000 square metres of multi-purpose space to replace the existing community hall – including a 400-seat performance space.

Construction is scheduled to commence in early 2022 with completion anticipated for late-2023.

 Read more about the Northern Aquatic and Community Hub





Measures of success

Indicator Current data

Social equity – No Greater Geelong suburbs in the bottom 20% of the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD).

Source: Census of Population and Housing, Australian Bureau of Statistics. Frequency of data: Every four years
13 Greater Geelong state suburbs are in the bottom 20% of the Socio-Economic Index of IRSD (SEIFA) in comparison across Victoria (2016 and 2011).

Accessibility to public places – 100% of public places in Greater Geelong are disability access compliant.

Source: To be determined
Measure to be determined

Employment in areas of disadvantage – Workforce participation in the most vulnerable suburbs is higher than the state average.

Source: Census of Population and Housing, Australian Bureau of Statistics. Frequency of data: Every five years
All 13 suburbs in the bottom 20% of the Socio-Economic Index of IRSD (SEIFA) have a lower workforce participation rate than Victoria (2016 and 2011).

Citizen engagement – More than 80% of residents that feel they ‘sometimes’ or ‘definitely’ have opportunities to have a real say on important matters.

Source: Victorian Population Health Survey. Frequency of data: Every four years
75.2% (2014)

Social support – More than 80% of residents feel they can ‘sometimes’ or ‘definitely’ get help from neighbours.

Source: Victorian Population Health Survey. Frequency of data: Every four years
77.9% (2014)

Self reported health – Over 50% of residents reporting their health as very good or excellent.

Source: Geelong Preventative Health Survey, City of Greater Geelong. Frequency of data: Every four years
59% (2017)