City of Greater Geelong

This article is about the local government area. For the Geelong metropolitan area, see Geelong. For the locality containing Geelong's city centre, see Geelong city centre.
City of Greater Geelong

Location of the City of Greater Geelong in Victoria

Population 229,420 (2015)[1] (12th)
 • Density 183.98/km2 (476.50/sq mi)
Established 1993
Gazetted 18 May 1993[2]
Area 1,247 km2 (481.5 sq mi)
Chairperson Dr Kathy Alexander
Council seat Geelong city centre
Region Barwon South West
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Website City of Greater Geelong
LGAs around City of Greater Geelong:
Golden Plains Moorabool Wyndham
Golden Plains City of Greater Geelong Port Phillip Bay
Surf Coast Bass Strait Queenscliffe

The City of Greater Geelong is a local government area in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia, located in the western part of the state. It covers an area of 1,247 square kilometres (481 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 210,875.[3] It is primarily urban with the vast majority of its population living in the Greater Geelong urban area, while other significant settlements within the LGA include Anakie, Balliang, Barwon Heads, Batesford, Ceres, Clifton Springs, Drysdale, Lara, Ocean Grove, Portarlington and St Leonards. It was formed in 1993 from the amalgamation of the Rural City of Bellarine, Shire of Corio, City of Geelong, City of Geelong West, City of Newtown, City of South Barwon, and parts of Shire of Barrabool and Shire of Bannockburn.[2]

The City is governed and administered by the Greater Geelong City Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Geelong, it also has service centres located in Drysdale, Ocean Grove and several other locations within Geelong. The City is named after the main urban settlement located in the centre-west of the LGA, that is Geelong, which is also the LGA's most populous urban centre with a population of 143,921.[4]

History of former municipalities

Sourced from Appendix V, A Journey to Destiny 1890–1990 – 100 Years of Cement Manufacturing at Fyansford by Australian Cement Limited .[5]



In December 2015, the Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins appointed a Commission of Inquiry into the Greater Geelong City Council in response to concerns about the workplace culture and adequacy of governance structures.[6]

The Inquiry found that the council is riven with conflict, unable to manage Geelong's economic challenges, has dysfunctional leadership and has a culture of bullying.[7]

On the recommendation of the Commission, the Victorian Government dismissed the entire Greater Geelong City Council on 16 April 2016[8] and appointed Yehudi Blacher as interim administrator.[9] On 25 May 2016, Dr Kathy Alexander (chairperson), Peter Dorling and Laurinda Gardner were sworn in as administrators, replacing Yehudi Blacher.[10]

Under the Local Government (Greater Geelong City Council) Act 2016, the panel of administrators constitutes the Greater Geelong City Council, and has the same functions, powers and duties as the Greater Geelong City Council and its councillors. Likewise, the chairperson of the panel of administrators has the same functions, powers and duties as the mayor of the council.[11]

The council will be run by administrators until fresh council elections are held in 2017.[12]

Composition until April 2016

Until its dismissal on 16 April 2016, the council was composed of a directly-elected Mayor, representing the whole of the municipality, and twelve councillors, each representing one of the twelve wards.[13]

WardCouncillorPartyYears servedPosition
  Darryn Lyons   Liberal 2013–2016 Mayor
Austin John Irvine   Country Alliance 2012–2016  
Beangala Jan Farrell   Independent Labor 2004–2016  
Brownbill Michelle Heagney   Liberal 2012–2016 Deputy Mayor
Buckley Andy Richards   Labor 2008–2016  
Cheetham Rod Macdonald   Independent 2004–2016  
Corio Kylie Fisher   Independent 2008–2016  
Coryule Lindsay Ellis   Independent 2012–2016  
Cowie Eddy Kontelj   Liberal 2010–2016  
Deakin Ron Nelson   Liberal 2011–2016  
Kardinia Bruce Harwood   Independent 2001–2016  
Kildare Peter Murrihy   Independent 2015–2016  
Windermere Tony Ansett   Independent 2001–08, 2012–2016  


City of Greater Geelong and urban areas including Geelong
WardNamed after
Austin Ward Elizabeth Austin, civic benefactor of homes and hospital
Beangala Ward the homeland of the Bengali clan of the Wathaurong people
Brownbill Ward Fanny Brownbill, first female member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly (1938–1946)
Buckley Ward William Buckley, an escaped convict from Sorrento who lived with the local Aboriginals
Cheetham Ward Richard Cheetham, (1836–1900) pioneer of salt harvesting industry in Victoria
Corio Ward an aboriginal name for the area. (Aboriginal word for 'land')
Coryule Ward the home of Anne Drysdale, a pioneer squatter in this area
Cowie Ward James Cowie, an early landowner
Deakin Ward Deakin University, after Alfred Deakin, second Prime Minister of Australia
Kardinia Ward Aboriginal name for sunrise and the home of Alexander Thomson, first elected Mayor of Geelong;
Kildare Ward an earlier name for the area of the ward
Windermere Ward Home of the Fairbairn family in the Lakes District Lancashire England, pioneers of the area, built Pirra Homestead Windermere Rd Lara.

Former and current Mayors

Former and current Deputy Mayors

Administration and governance

The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Geelong Town Hall Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at its service centres in Belmont, Corio, Drysdale, Geelong West, Ocean Grove, Waurn Ponds and on Brougham St in Geelong.


Localities which encompass the City of Greater Geelong include:

Sister cities

Geelong has sister city relations with the following cities:[16]

See also


  1. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. 1 2 Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S27 of 1993". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 18 May 1993). pp. 1–3. Retrieved 10 January 2014. |article= ignored (help)
  3. Census QuickStats (2011). "Greater Geelong (C) – LGA22750". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. Census QuickStats (2011). "Geelong (UCL) – UCL203001". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  5. John, McNeil (1990). A Journey to Destiny 1890–1990 – 100 Years of Cement Manufacturing at Fyansford by Australian Cement Limited. Australian Cement Limited.
  6. "Commission Of Inquiry Appointed To Geelong". Premier of Victoria. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  7. "Report of the Commission of Inquiry into Greater Geelong City Council". State Government of Victoria. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  8. Local Government (Greater Geelong City Council) Act 2016 (Vic) s 2
  9. "Dismissal Of Greater Geelong City Council". Premier of Victoria. 12 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  10. "Administrators assume the role of Mayor and Councillors". City of Greater Geelong. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  11. Local Government (Greater Geelong City Council) Act 2016 (Vic) s 7
  12. "Geelong Council officially sacked, elections to be held in 2017, as bill passes Parliament". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  13. "Greater Geelong City Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  14. Paul, Margaret (16 August 2013). "Geelong Mayor Keith Fagg quits because of health problems". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  15. Heritage, Stuart (26 November 2013). "Darryn Lyons: what reality TV has taught us about Geelong's new mayor". Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  16. "About Geelong". Intown Geelong. Archived from the original on 3 August 2009.

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Coordinates: 38°09′00″S 144°21′00″E / 38.15000°S 144.35000°E / -38.15000; 144.35000

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