Council Minutes - Section A: Procedural Matters - 14 May 2019

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Minutes of the Community Focus Council Meeting of the Greater Geelong City Council held at the Belmont Bowls Club, 16-36 Reynolds Road, Belmont on 14 May 2019, commencing at 7:12pm.



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Also present:

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The Chair declared the meeting open at 7:00pm.


Council acknowledged Wadawurrung Traditional Owners of this land and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of the Greater Geelong community today.



Leave of absence




Councillors Harwood, Nelson and Murnane provided the gallery with a snapshot of some of the activities and projects happening in the Kardinia Ward.

Confirmation of Minutes

Councillor Sullivan moved, Councillor Murrihy seconded –

That the Minutes of the Community Focus Council Meeting held on 8 April 2019 be confirmed.


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Declaration of Conflicts of Interest


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Question Time

Jennifer Bantow addressed the following question in relation to Amendment C376:

Regarding the remains of the overhead conveyor structure in the former Fyansford quarry which can be viewed looking north from the Ring Road, after you bypass Fyansford.

The 100 year old Fyansford quarry overhead limestone belt conveyor structure solved a technical problem of transporting quarry material up the hill to the manufacturing plant in Fyansford, and is an example of our industrial heritage and associated the one of Geelong’s earliest pioneering families the McCann family.

Can Council please confirm that what remains of this overhead conveyor structure will not be taken down and removed, to be placed at ground level in the public park area beside the Moorabool River, as was suggested by ICD Property P/L Gen Fyansford and that these remains are still protected under a reduced Heritage Overlay 1740?

Peter Smith responded that this is a complicated matter. There will be a large public land area between the Moorabool River and the Ring Road and the heritage overlay will protect the conveyor structure in this area. There will be no heritage overlay on the land on the other side of the river and the conveyor structure will not be protected in that area which is in private ownership. This means that approximately half of the structure will be protected.

Kate Scorpo asked:

I am calling on the members of the Council to genuinely consider the benefits of a dedicated Children’s Museum being created in Central Geelong. Tonight, I will ask you to think about where a space like this could fit into Central Geelong, and to genuinely consider if it could fit within the new Civic Precinct.

There are four key reasons why Geelong would benefit from a Children’s Museum being built in Central Geelong’s Civic Precinct.

I understand that designs are underway for the Civic Precinct. The proposals that are being put forward probably include retail space, private office space and café. It is very unlikely that people will cross town to specifically visit a café, when Geelong has a thriving café culture. This will not be a drawcard for locals or tourists, and will really only serve those that work in the immediate area, or those that are passing by.


On the City of Greater Geelong website you say of the site:

“We aim to further showcase our credentials as a UNESCO City of Design by building an iconic, inclusive and welcoming civic precinct the Geelong community can be proud of.”

What better way than being truly inclusive, and welcoming to the whole Geelong community, than creating a space that actively draws people and children into the building. A café isn’t going to do that, but a dedicated Children’s Museum will. A Children’s Museum would truly open up the building to the public.

Parents, grandparents and carers would take their children to a dedicated Children’s Museum, and do it often. It would demonstrate that the Council building is genuinely a building for all citizens of Geelong.

It could be space that is designed with accessibility of all people at the forefront.

If this space was visually appealing and Instagram-able, it would be a major tourism drawcard to the region. It would be a real representation of Geelong as a clever creative city in action and further support Geelong as a holder of the UNESCO city of design.

It would attract locals and tourists and provide a reason to visit, return and spend money in retail and hospitality in Central Geelong. It would be well located for people to utilize public transport via train or bus.

A Children’s Museum would create local jobs in a range of skilled and unskilled roles within the Museum.

The space I am proposing doesn’t have to be enormous. I urge you to visit Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum, or Ground Up at ScienceWorks and see how a space that caters specifically for children, within the new civic precinct building would truly open the space for the whole community.

When considering the new design for the Civic Precinct, think about the representation of the community and how opening the space to the public, and in the spirit of learning could create inspiring, inclusive and welcoming space for Geelong residents and their kids.

I am asking what I can do to make a Children’s Museum a priority for the City of Greater Geelong?

A Children’s Museum is a space dedicated to hands-on, play-based learning. It develops curiosity, imagination, problem solving, confidence and physical, cognitive and emotional strength and development. It is different to a play centre, which focuses on physical movement only. A Children’s Museum gives children the opportunity to play, explore and learn in a space that is engaging, exciting and allows for open-ended child led exploration.

At this stage, Geelong does not have any permanent indoor child focused cultural spaces that fit these criteria. This is a missed opportunity to attract and cater for a large, and ever changing percentage of the population, both tourist and local.

Brett Luxford responded he is able to assist and has sent this request to the Arts and Culture.

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