People feel safe wherever they are

The Greater Geelong community values

  • Clean, safe and fun environments for everyone;
  • Feeling safe on the streets day and night;
  • A safe, crime free and honest community;
  • Minimising the community impacts of alcohol and drug use.

Success will be achieved by

  • An active street culture involving student and café precincts;
  • Urban design that encourages activity andcomfortable open public areas in all seasons;
  • Clean streets and public open spaces;
  • Early intervention programs that promote positivecommunity attitudes and interactions;
  • Establishing security infrastructure.


Geelong After Dark

Latest project


Newly developed Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club

The new Ocean Grove life-saving clubhouse officially opened it’s doors in July 2019, boosting the safety of beach-goers at one of Victoria’s most popular surf beaches.

The new facility has given volunteer lifesavers more space to support their summer patrols, as well as education and training opportunities as part of the club’s strong commitment to aquatic sports.

It will also provide year-round facilities for Ocean Grove residents and visitors to enjoy.

Formed in 1948, the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club currently has about 1000 members, with approximately 350 of those junior or “nipper” members.

Ocean Grove’s main beach is patrolled every summer by volunteers from the club. During the 2018–19 season, lifesavers and lifeguards performed 7862 preventive actions and 82 first-aid treatments.

For more information, visit the Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club website.






Measures of success

Indicator Current data

Perceptions of safety – 95% of residents agree that they feel safe in the area where they live.

Source: Geelong Preventative Health Survey, City of Greater Geelong. Frequency of data: Every four years
54% (2017)

Crime – Crime statistics are 20% below the state average.

Source: Victoria Police Crime Statistics, Crime Statistics Agency. Frequency of data: Annually
Criminal incident rate per 100,000 population.
Greater Geelong - 6382.6 Victoria - 5938.7 (12 months to 30 September 2018)