Successful projects and activities strengthen Greater Geelong’s reputation

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Greater Geelong has proven it’s well on its way to becoming internationally recognised as a ‘clever and creative’ city-region, after dozens of programs and initiatives were successfully carried out last year.

The ‘Clever and Creative – Our Progress 2019’ report highlights the achievements of council, local organisations and the community, that align with the nine aspirations from the community-led 30-year vision ‘Greater Geelong: A Clever and Creative Future’.

The blueprint aims to guide Greater Geelong towards being internationally recognised by 2047 as a ‘clever and creative city-region that is forward looking, enterprising and adaptive, and cares for its people and environment’. Since the launch of the vision in 2017, Geelong was recognised as Australia’s only UNESCO City of Design.

Key achievements from 2019 include:

  • a trial of asphalt made with 20 per cent recycled plastics started on three sections of road in Geelong, saving the equivalent of 3,500 kilograms of plastic from landfill
  • Port Phillip Ferries launched a new ferry service between Central Geelong and Docklands
  • the 2019 Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Expo at Avalon Airport broke exhibitor and trade day attendance records
  • the Geelong After Dark event attracted 32,400 people to Central Geelong, with 270 artists delivering 56 activities
  • Geelong’s first SMART.NODEs were switched on along the Waterfront, improving access to WiFi, USB charge facilities, high-speed internet and data analytics
  • Deakin University introduced its free SafeZone app for all students and staff, offering around-the-clock access to the university’s security team
  • the Youth Council hosted the first ever Geelong Youth Summit at GMHBA Stadium
  • female secondary students took part in Women in STEM workshops and
  • planning controls were strengthened on the Bellarine Peninsula to protect the region from over-development when the state declared the region a Distinctive Area and Landscape. 

View the ‘Clever and Creative – Our Progress 2019’ report.


Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor

Greater Geelong’s tracking well against the vision’s aspirations and as a UNESCO City of Design, our city-region will enthusiastically keep striving towards being adaptive, inclusive and innovative. More than 16,000 residents, community groups and organisations contributed to the development of the strategic vision and I thank the community for continuing to embrace the blueprint.

We’ve now got the added challenge of COVID-19 but I’m confident that our people will help kickstart our recovery with some ‘clever and creative’ initiatives!


Councillor Peter Murrihy

This progress report is a real good news story as it shows we have so many achievements from last year to be proud of, which form a strong foundation for 2020. I’m so proud to live in Greater Geelong!

As Australia’s only UNESCO City of Design, we were looking forward to putting on a successful Geelong Design Week this year but unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, I look forward to design events returning next year. 

With all the challenges the pandemic has brought, I’ve also seen many examples of creativity and generosity within the community.





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