Revitalising Victoria's second largest city


The Geelong Authority

Key facts

Project area: Geelong CBD
Population: 270,000 in Greater Geelong by 2026

In August 2015, the Victorian Government announced the creation of the Geelong Authority, which will push ahead with major planning decisions, creating jobs and driving growth in Geelong. Places Victoria will draw on its experience in urban renewal to deliver projects.

Revitalising Geelong

There are challenges for central Geelong to maintain its viability and relevance as the city transitions from its industrial past. In 2011, the City of Greater Geelong, Deakin University, Committee for Geelong and the former Department of Planning and Community Development established a partnership to collaborate and develop a new vision for the central Geelong region of the city, termed Vision 2.

To fast-track the realisation of Vision 2 and other major developments, the Minister for Planning will be responsible for planning decisions in the Geelong CBD and the Moolap waterfront precinct where projects cover more than 5000 square metres.

The Minister will consider the advice of the Geelong Authority’s Board of Directors in determining the priorities to realise the Vision 2 aspirations. The Board is headed by inaugural Chair Peter Dorling, who is Business Manager at Avalon Airport.

Other Board members include:

  • Mr Robert Costa - Chairman of Costa Group Holdings and GRIIF
  • Ms Janet Dore - Outgoing CEO of the Transport Accident Commission
  • Prof. Roz Hansen - Member of the Central Geelong Taskforce
  • Ms Jill Smith - General Manager of Geelong Performing Arts Centre
The Authority will work closely with Places Victoria, which will have the legislative power to acquire, sell and swap land.