Mayor Bruce Harwood and the City’s Manager of
Economic Development and Events Tim Ellis spent the past week in Fabriano,
Italy, representing Geelong at the UNESCO Creative Cities Annual General
The event ran from 10-15 June and attendance was an obligation as part of
Geelong’s UNESCO City of Design designation.
Geelong is Australia’s only City of Design, and the only regional Australian
city to hold a UNESCO Creative Cities designation.
The only other Australian members of the Creative Cities network are Melbourne
(City of Literature), Sydney (City of Film) and Adelaide (City of Music).
All up there are 180 members of the Creative Cities Network, with Geelong one
of just 34 Cities of Design.
Mayor Harwood has filed the following initial
report from the conference for the interest of local media and the Greater
Mayor Bruce Harwood:
Geelong has been heard loud and clear at the 2019 UNESCO Conference in
The reception we have received in relation to
our recent regional community works has been widely praised. Many of our UNESCO
Creative Cities colleagues were extremely impressed by our council’s commitment
to community infrastructure, social inclusion and our environment. This gave
great initiatives to other cities.
We have also learnt of a number of initiatives
that are based around engaging communities to further use council
infrastructure, working with our younger population (they were all very
impressed with our Junior Council), and how to engage further with our UNESCO
City of Design partners.
We have made a clear statement about our
desire to hold a City Of Design cluster meeting in Geelong in 2021. This was
really well received but will require considerable work and commitment to this
The work and networking we were able to do at
the cluster meetings was also very valuable. My presentation at the Mayors’
Forum featuring 54 mayors from around the world was well received, while Tim
Ellis made a great presentation about the strengths of Geelong as a City Of
Design during a session titled ‘Stimulating Innovation’.
It will now be a matter of having a discussion with my fellow councillors on
our return and then translating the ideas and opportunities we have gathered