The Committee for Geelong (CfG) participated in the annual
Geelong delegation to Canberra yesterday, as part of the Geelong
Football Club's "FedCats" event. Working in collaboration with the
City of Greater Geelong (CoGG), the delegates had a range of
meetings at Parliament House.
The group comprised of CfG Chairperson Dan Simmonds, CEO Rebecca
Casson, along with CoGG's Chair of Administrator's Dr Kathy
Alexander and CEO Kelvin Spiller.
The collaborative delegation advocated on a range of issues
including Avalon Airport's international status, the revitalisation
of Central Geelong, defence opportunities, NBN, the redevelopment
of GPAC and the completion of Simonds Stadium.
The group also used the opportunity to brief MPs on the
Committee's recently released international research report
"Winning from Second." The report was compiled with the assistance
of the United Nations Global Compact - Cities Programme and RMIT's
Centre for Urban Research, and with support from the Commonwealth
"We went to Canberra to ensure our nation's leaders are aware of
Geelong's significant position as Victoria's second largest city,"
Ms Casson said,
"The Committee's recently launched Winning from Second report
was a key document used during meetings today"
"The report is the first independent and evidenced based
document providing insights to inform Geelong's future direction."
This report provides an evidence base for the City of Greater
Geelong's "Our Future" long term shared strategic vision for our
The overarching recommendation of the Winning from Second report
is for Geelong to engage in the development of a second city policy
with the Victorian and Federal Governments.
"We received very positive feedback about the report's
recommendations, including that the research positions Geelong
exceptionally well in a national context."
Another recommendation of the Winning from Second report was for
a co-ordinated approach to economic development and planning.
"Collaborating with the City of Greater Geelong on this
delegation to Canberra provided a solid base to begin the
development of a unified set of strategic priorities for
Geelong. As evidenced by the Winning from Second report,
providing united advocacy - particularly in Canberra - can lead to
greater outcomes for our city."