Council has a long-standing commitment to community health and wellbeing.
A broad variety of plans, strategies and projects have been progressed over the last two years, building on the already excellent foundation noted in the 2015 assessment endorsed by Bioregional Australia.
Key Council strategies include Geelong Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017, Geelong Physical Activity Strategy 2014-2017, Geelong Play Strategy 2012-2021, Open Space Policy, G21 Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017, Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2011, Municipal Emergency Management Plan 2015-2017, Social Infrastructure Plan, and the recent Heatwaves and Sustainability Program.
|Key recent actions
|CBD 40km/h speed limit
||Following public consultation, speed limits in Geelong’s CBD have been reduced to 40km/h.
||The Central Geelong 40km/h speed zone:
- creates streets that are safe for everyone
- improves access and safety for pedestrians and people on bikes
- increases pedestrian priority
- improves efficiency of traffic movement.
|Social Infrastructure Plan
||Council’s Social Infrastructure Plan (SIP) examines current levels of social infrastructure provision within the municipality and develops recommendations such that social infrastructure investments can meet the needs of the population to 2031. The SIP is based on desktop research, analysis and consultation with key stakeholders. Importantly, it brings all of Council’s social infrastructure efforts under one agreed, transparent over arching plan.
||It provides the evidence base for, and recommends the required provision of social infrastructure for the next 15 years. It is a major step in developing a more coordinated, efficient, sustainable and innovative approach to social infrastructure provision in CoGG.
Highlight project - Heatwaves and Sustainability Program
The aim of the Heatwaves and Sustainability program is to assist vulnerable members of the community to better cope with summer heatwaves and at the same time improve household energy efficiency and comfort.
It allowed heatwave vulnerability ‘hot spots’ to be identified through innovative mapping project and a staff training program to provide practical, on-ground support to those most vulnerable to heatwaves.
The program delivered 134 home sustainability visits and client advocacy resulted in over $20,000 of financial savings and benefits for vulnerable households.