Greater Geelong decides at Our Future Assembly

Saturday, 6 May 2017
Assembly participants included a broad range of community groups, business leaders, students, as well as representatives from our Wadawurrung, CALD, aged and disability communities.    

Their recommendations to policy and decision-makers was to develop the kind of supports within the region that would allow it to trade and interact globally as a Clever and Creative City-region.

A key emphasis of the plan would be to bring all members of the Greater Geelong community along for the journey and ensure socially equitable access to the opportunities that would be created, no matter where people live with the region.

The Our Future Vision must be well planned so that Greater Geelong’s lifestyle is not only retained but also improved.

City of Greater Geelong Administrator Chair, Dr Kathy Alexander said the community had finally had its say about the Greater Geelong’s future direction.

“It’s great to have a high level of community consensus and passion about our region’s future direction.

“It would be a very unwise for a politician who did not take note of a set of directions from a representative group from our community who have achieved a high degree of consensus,” Dr Alexander said.

The Our Future Assembly was the culmination of an ambitious nine-month community engagement initiative to describe a 30-year community vision for Greater Geelong to ensure a thriving, inclusive and sustainable future.

Dr Alexander said that based on today’s feedback, and after delving back into the detail of the engagements over the last nine months, the City would prepare the overriding strategy to deliver the Our Future Vision.

“The final Our Future Vision will be a community-owned document, outlining our collective aspirations for Greater Geelong.

“Turning that Vision into reality will involve our whole community, and include partnerships between all three levels of government and collaborations with local business .”

Dr Alexander said Vision will include workable short, medium and long-term goals.

The Our Future Vision will be going out for public comment on Friday 14 July, prior to going decision by City Administrators at the 25 July Council meeting.