Sustainable growth and environment

Protecting our environment is a key priority of our Sustainability Framework 2020 and we are committed to achieving zero emissions, using the planning framework to influence sustainable growth in the built environment, increasing green spaces, supporting biodiversity and leading our community to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Desired outcomes

  • We are delivering our vision for sustainable growth across the municipality
  • We have a choice of housing and lifestyles to meet the diverse needs of our community
  • There are connected transport networks throughout the region that support liveability and prosperity
  • Greater Geelong has quality, vibrant public spaces
  • We are leading a reduction in community emissions and are increasing the City’s resilience to climate change impacts
  • We protect and restore our natural environment
  • We minimise waste with good design and manage effective recovery of resources

Four-year priorities

  • Meet the housing needs of our future community
  • Meet existing and future transport needs
  • Create engaging places and spaces
  • Deliver best-practice Environmentally Sustainable Design principles and vibrant neighbourhoods
  • Achieve carbon neutral in all City-managed operations by 2025 and manage our climate change risks
  • Support our community and region to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change
  • Reduce the impact of waste
  • Support greater indigenous biodiversity



  • Residential land supply
  • Employment land supply
  • Diversity of housing supply
  • Journeys to work made by public transport, walking or cycling
  • Percentage of residences within 400 metres of public open space in urban areas
  • Community greenhouse gas emissions
  • Diversion of waste from landfill

City of Greater Geelong

  • Community satisfaction with planning for population growth
  • Percentage housing construction within existing urban areas
  • Kilometres of bicycle, walking paths and shared paths
  • Community satisfaction with local streets and footpaths
  • Community satisfaction with sealed local roads
  • Quantity of open space
  • Community satisfaction with appearance of public areas (includes local parks, gardens, reserves and nature strips)
  • Greenhouse gas emissions generated by City-managed operations
  • Hectares of protected natural habitat
  • Number of trees planted
  • Community satisfaction with waste management

Page last updated: Wednesday, 23 June 2021