3214: The Corio Welcome Walk

Developed by the students of the Northern Bay College, the Corio Welcome Walk map features important services that people living within the 3214 area rely upon everyday.

Based on their own personal experience, the students felt that it was important to include places such as halal shops, medical centres and banks to assist newly arrived people settle and live independently within the community.

We wanted to create a map for new arrivals to get to important places without getting lost. It is important to show people the places that will help them in their lives. New arrivals can feel alone and nervous, having a map to rely on will help them feel more comfortable. They can go by themselves without having to get help off other people. ~ NBC Students

The walk

Starting at the Corio Shopping Centre take a journey with your friends, family and children or go on your own through a part of the Corio Precinct and discover some important points of interest around your place.

Distance: Approximately 4.5 kilometres
Time: Approximately 60 minutes

Points of interest

  1. Corio Shopping Centre
    Opened in 1973 the centre has shops, supermarkets, major banks, Centrelink, Medicare and specialty food stores including Halal and Asian.
  2. Police Station
    Open 24 hours: 03 5273 9555
  3. Corio Bay Medical Centre
    Caters for people from non-English speaking background and provides access to doctors that speak many languages. The centre is open Monday - Friday 8:30am-6:00pm, Saturday 8:30am-12:30pm. Closed Sun and Public Holidays.
  4. Northern Bay College (NBC) Goldsworthy Campus
    Years 9-12. NBC was formed in 2011 as a result of a merger of nine schools into a multi-campus college. Today there are 5 Campuses; Hendy Street, Peacock Street, Tallis Street and Wexford Street Campus’s being Years P-8. The college fosters partnerships with parents, providers of further education, business and industry and is working to develop community links that enhance the learning and well being opportunities for the college students.
  5. Library
    The John Drysdale Library at Corio was officially opened November 1970. Libraries provide access to local and global information sources, free universal access to information technology infrastructure, computer literacy and technology resources, provide an opportunity for life long learning and are a welcome and neutral space open to all community members. The library's primary role is to facilitate the free flow of information, exchange of ideas fundamental to democracy. Opening hours Monday 10:00am-8:00pm Tuesday-Thursday 10:00am-5:30pm Friday 10:00am-8:00pm Saturday 9:30am-5:00pm. Closed Sunday.
  6. Waterworld
    With a wide range of fitness and leisure activities, Waterworld offers something for everyone. Facilities include: heated indoor pool, spa andsauna, outdoor splash-pad/children’s water play area, diving pool, gym, group exercise studio and childcare. Opening hours: see the Waterworld website for details.
  7. Stead Park
    Stead Park is an open space reserve supporting a diverse range of formal sports (hockey, soccer, baseball, softball, darts, lawn bowls) and informal community recreations including Geelong’s first ever Pet Park that provides a large space for dogs to socialise.
  8. The fOrT
    Is a youth centre for all young people between the ages of 12-25 years. Visit the fOrT Facebook page for opening times. It is a space for young people to relax, socialise and interact with other young people. The fort offers activities, development and support services for young people in the Northern suburbs of Geelong and surrounding area. The youth have direct influence over the running of the centre and type of activities offered and youth workers are on site to engage and consult with the young people. Activities are free.
  9. Stead Overpass
    The Stead Overpass provides pedestrian access across the Princes Hwy and is used to advertise non commercial major events and conferences in Geelong.
  10. Detroit Crescent Shopping Strip
    Ali Supermarket, Halal Butcher and Asian Food Grocer. Provides Halal groceries and Halal food meat to restaurants and to the public. Halal foods are permissible to eat or drink under Islamic Shari’ah which specifies both what foods are allowed and how food must be prepared.
  11. Shell Club
    Originally established in 1953 as a clubhouse by a handful of workers, the Shell Club is now a buzzing sports and social centre. Incorporating the Corio Community Sporting Club with football, netball, tennis, cricket as well as social facilities.
  12. Corio Community Health
    Provides access to a range of services such as dental, mental health, community nursing services. Corio Community Health also has refugee health nurses.

Background of the project

The Corio Welcome walk is an exciting new project developed by the students of the Northern Bay College (NBC) in consultation with the City of Greater Geelong. The project was initiated following discussions with teachers at the NBC Senior Campus. Initially, the City was seeking an expression of interest from the school to involve the students in developing walking tracks within the 3214 area.

Two teachers working with newly arrived students felt this activity would provide a great opportunity to improve their English language skills. The students who worked on the project are all new arrivals, who have lived in Australia for approximately one and a half years. The majority of the students are refugee arrivals from Afghanistan and Pakistan. The students are ‘English as a second language learners’ and are completing their Foundation VCAL certificate.

Throughout the project the teachers and students from NBC visited the City of Greater Geelong to understand what the Council does and were briefed and supported by the City of Greater Geelong on how to design and audit a ‘Knowing your Place Walk’.

In class time the students also completed background lessons on the concept of place, walkability and liveability. The students completed a personal reflection on services, their experience as refugees and created a survey that they used to determine what locations in their local area were the most important across the cohort.

The result of this partnership with the NBC Goldsworthy campus and the City of Greater Geelong is this 3214 – Corio Welcome Walk. The City of Greater Geelong wishes to acknowledge the efforts of the teachers and students from the Northern Bay College who participated in this project.

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Page last updated: Tuesday, 26 July 2022