Local tourism strategy on the agenda

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Lara residents have highlighted the need for greater community involvement in long-term tourism planning for their region during a community meeting with the City's administrators tonight.

About 55 people attended the meeting in Lara, the second of five public forums planned for the region before the end of the year.

Healthy attendances and robust discussions at both meetings so far showed just how much the community wanted to be part of its local government’s decision-making and planning.

The next community meeting is on Wednesday 21 September 2016 from 5:30pm in Grovedale.


Chair of the administrators - Dr Kathy Alexander

"A common theme emerging from these meetings revolves around the concept of Geelong being made up of a number of 'villages', each with its own offerings for the municipality as a whole, but with a unique set of needs for future planning.

In Lara's case, there's great interest in a future master plan to develop, protect and harvest the area's wonderful tourism potential, and how the local community can be involved in such planning.

It’s clear how proud these residents are to live in and be part of greater Geelong, and how passionate they are about the future of our community.

This is an unbelievably strong community, where leaders arise, get engaged, and are keen to work together with the City to help build a more prosperous future.

These meetings set the scene for a broader community engagement strategy for the City, where we empower residents to become active change agents as we develop a vision for the future of our region that addresses the challenges ahead."