Development and implementation of sustainable solutions

The Greater Geelong community values

  • Economically healthy and environmentally responsible businesses;
  • Clean energy solutions;
  • Attracting renewable energy industries to the region;
  • Easy access to recycling;
  • Innovative approaches and resilience to climate change;
  • The community adopting sustainable practices.

Success will be achieved by

  • Investment in renewable energy industries and research;
  • Plan and deliver a reduction of carbon emissions;
  • Community education about the local impacts of climate change;
  • Assist new and existing business to adapt to clean technology;
  • Identify new best practice standards for water efficiency and management;
  • Moving to a zero-waste community;
  • Encourage economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible business practices.

Two electric vehicle charging stations have been installed on the Geelong waterfront at Western Beach Road, along the Cunningham Pier forecourt precinct.

Latest project

New marine-based attraction set for The Dell

The City has partnered with a world-leading artificial reef designer to create an eco-friendly marine attraction at Clifton Springs.

The Sculptural Wave Attenuator will be made up of a series of dynamic modular reef units, which will create an undulating landscape and host a range of habitats for marine life.

This re-creation of habitat will assist in restoring marine reef communities in Port Phillip Bay.

The striking array of modular reef units will also work to reduce wave energy and curb erosion along The Dell’s local coastline.

For more information, read our update.

Measures of success

Indicator Current data

Urban development – 50% of new housing construction to be conducted within existing urban areas.

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

27.0% (2017)

37.8% (2016)

There has been a significant increase in the total annual dwelling production. Greenfield development is most able to respond to spikes in demand for new dwellings.

Waste management – Performing better than the Victorian average in solid and green waste diverted from landfill.

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

Greater Geelong – 54.75% (2017–18)

State average – 44.69% (2017–18)

Carbon emissions – Greater Geelong being a carbon neutral city-region.

Source: City of Greater Geelong. Frequency of data: Every four years
To support the Community Zero Carbon Action Plan, a community emissions profile will be developed for the Greater Geelong city-region and is expected to be released by mid-2019.

Water use – 20% of all water provided to the municipality is recycled water.

Source: Barwon Water. Frequency of data: Annually

8.5% (2017–18)

9.4% (2016–17)