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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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)