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Introduction
Geelong has a way of life that’s hard to beat – quality housing, abundant
recreational opportunities, a strong economy, a cosmopolitan and vibrant          In essence Geelong offers the best of both worlds – all the advantages of
community and comprehensive health care services.                                 City living without the congestion.

As one of Australia’s largest urban centres, 240,000 residents, Geelong           If you are seeking a ‘sea change’ or just a change, read on and find out
has the perfect environment to balance work and home-life.                        more about the exciting lifestyles on offer in Geelong.

Located only one hour from Melbourne, Geelong is in the unique position
of offering a range of lifestyle choices to residents, inner city, suburban,
waterfront, coastal or rural. Properties in the Region offer greater value for
money then equivalent properties in Melbourne. These lifestyle choices
are combined with a comprehensive range of job opportunities and/or
infrastructure to get your business moving.

Over recent years Geelong has reinvented itself. The City boasts a
modern and prosperous economy where diversification is paramount.
Tourism, education, health, biotechnology, construction and retailing are
providing new business opportunities whilst value adding activities
continue to provide a solid economic foundation, particularly in new niche
markets such as food processing.

Outside work, there is so much choice in recreational activities it’s difficult
to know where to start. The Region’s compact nature make activities such
as golf, sailing surfing and windsurfing possible before and after work not
just at the weekend.

Geelong offers enormous choice when it comes to dinning out, theatre,
movies, the arts, community events and general entertainment. The City
boasts over 10,000 business enterprises which includes an abundance of
retail outlets spread across a number of shopping precincts.

The Region’s education facilities at all levels, primary, secondary and
tertiary, are amongst the best in any Australian centre. Over 40 training
agencies ensure the workforce keep pace with the current work practices.

A comprehensive range of health care providers and community
organisations service residents across all age groups and needs.


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Geelong Living                                                                  Coastal and bayside townships throughout Geelong such as Ocean Grove
                                                                                and Barwon Heads offer residents an opportunity for a sea change lifestyle
When it comes to housing Geelong can accommodate everyone.                      all within 25 minutes of the CBD. Spectacular views over Bass Strait and
                                                                                the Barwon River are available, all within walking distance of some of
Whether your lifestyle preference is a waterfront apartment, character          Victoria’s best surf beaches. Over recent years these townships have
period home, new executive home, rural residential estate or coastal living,    become a popular choice for Geelong based executives who commute into
Geelong has it all within 25 minutes of the Central Business District (CBD).    Geelong or Melbourne each day for work. Surrounding townships of
                                                                                Portarlington, Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale, Torquay and Jan Juc provide
The Geelong property market gives exceptional value for money in                similar choices. A range of housing styles from old to new, and residential
comparison to the State Capital, Melbourne. A mid range residential             land for building are available.
property in the Region commands between $350,000-$500,000 ($A),
distinctly lower than Melbourne.                                                Geelong has a strong residential rental market catering to most needs
                                                                                across all areas of the Region. Short term or long term leases, size and
Contemporary waterfront apartments offer cosmopolitan city living with          scale of properties and a variety of prices ranges are available. A mid
spectacular views over Corio Bay to Melbourne. A range of apartment             range four bedroom executive home in one of Geelong’s newer suburbs
styles and sizes are available throughout the central area, all within easy     would attract a rental of approximately $300 to $450 per week.
walking distance of the CBD.
                                                                                There are over 70 real estate agents in the Geelong Region able to assist
Inner city suburbs such as Newtown, Drumcondra, East Geelong and                new residents in the selection of the appropriate residential location be it
Geelong West provide a variety of character period homes within a 10-15         rental or to purchase.
minute easy walk (5 minute drive) of the Central Business District.
Fashionable shopping precincts are nestled within these suburbs which           Professional relocation agents operate in Geelong for those needing
are characterised by a mix of traditional older residents and young             assistance with their move.
professional families.

Geelong’s southern suburbs just 15 minutes drive from the CBD offer
unparalleled opportunities for those seeking something different. New
residential estates in the rolling hills around Highton, Wandana Heights
and Waurn Ponds offer magnificient views back across Geelong and
opportunities for views across Barwon River and surrounding parklands,
the You Yangs National Park and to Bass Strait. Established new homes
and blocks of land for development are available in these areas.

For those wanting to get away from it all the Region is surrounded by a
picturesque rural hinterland allowing families the opportunity to enjoy a
rural lifestyle without the responsibility of a full working farm. A range of
locations such as Wallington, Bannockburn and Anakie all within 25
minutes drive of the CBD provide rural residential areas that have
subdivision restrictions of no less than 5 hectares, so that residents will
enjoy their rural setting into the future.


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Entertainment and Shopping
Geelong’s proximity to Australia’s food capital Melbourne certainly has its   Australia’s surfing industry has its base in Torquay along the Region’s surf
benefits. Geelong has a full complement of dining establishments from an      coast. Surf Coast Plaza is a dedicated retail/wholesale hub for surf related
extensive café culture to fine dining restaurants. There are a number of      clothing, accessories, surf boards and other associated equipment. Major
dining precincts throughout the Region including Waterfront Geelong,          brands include Rip Curl, Quiksilver and Oakley.
Central Geelong, Pakington Street (Geelong West and Newtown),
Queenscliff and the Bellarine Peninsula.                                      Geelong boasts a vibrant nightlife scene for those who like to get out and
                                                                              about with a range of chic wine bars and nightclubs. A number of local
Geelong’s reputation for good food is accompanied by an exceptional           pubs also offer live music entertainment.
reputation for wine. Many local boutique wineries have combined their
passion for wine with food and offer the ultimate in dining experiences.      Two modern cinema complexes, one in Central Geelong, the other in the
Most local wineries are located within a short distance of each other, the    City’s south (Waurn Ponds), offer a combined total of over twenty theatres
most well known amongst them Bannockburn Vineyards, Scotchmans Hill           featuring the latest box office and independent movies.
Vineyards and Pettavel Winery.

Geelong is the largest shopping district outside Melbourne with some
10,000 businesses offering an enormous choice of products and services.
The Region has representation from most major retail chains such as
Myers, Target, Harris Scarfe, Kmart, Dick Smith, Good Guys, Bunnings
and Harvey Norman, so residents enjoy the same shopping privileges as
they would in other cities around Australia. The Region also has many
locally owned businesses and franchises. Major financial institutions have
a presence in Geelong.

Central Geelong comprises two large shopping centres Westfield Bay City
Plaza and Market Square Shopping Centre along with many retail outlets
in adjoining streets. Central Geelong also provides a wide range of
professional business and personal services. Many stores offer the latest
in contemporary homewares, furniture, clothes, shoes and accessories.
Ample car parking is available in Central Geelong. A full range of bus
services from various parts of the Region operate into and out of Central
Geelong.

Three large regional shopping precincts also service the community at
Waurnvale Waurn Ponds, Corio Village Corio, Newcomb Village Newcomb
and High Street Belmont. Community shopping centres are also located in
Geelong West, Highton, Bell Post Hill, Newtown, Ocean Grove, Torquay
and Clifton Springs.


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Arts and Culture                                                               A diverse range of local festivals and events bring the community together
                                                                               to celebrate.
There is always something to do in Geelong. Whether your interest is the
theatre, arts, music or festivals, Geelong offers something for everyone.      Geelong’s multicultural diversity is celebrated as part of the Pako Festa,
                                                                               the Highland Gathering and the National Celtic Festival.
The Geelong Arts Precinct located in Little Malop Street, is Geelong’s
cultural hub. The Precinct is home to the Geelong Performing Arts Centre       The biennial Avalon International Aerospace Expo and Airshow draws
(GPAC) which presents diverse events for all ages and interests. The           exhibitors and visitors from all over the world.
theatre accommodates a range of popular local, national and international
touring shows, productions, art house films and musical events.                The City’s proud nautical history is celebrated with a weeklong series of
                                                                               sailing events, the most recognised a strongly contested yacht race from
Also located in the Precinct is the Geelong Art Gallery, one of Australia’s    Melbourne (Williamstown) to Geelong.
best regional galleries, with a collection of over 4,000 items featuring
examples of early Australian painters as well as contemporary works of         A series of elite triathlons, cycling races and athletic events are hosted in
art.                                                                           the Region each year.

There are an additional 20 studio’s and galleries throughout the Region        Geelong kicks off the Spring Racing Carnival with its own Geelong Cup,
catering to a range of interests and artistic tastes.                          which draws large crowds from around the Region and Melbourne.

For those who enjoy connecting with our past the Region’s many historical      The Geelong Show, held over four days each year, showcases the finest
properties and museums reflect the City’s journey to the present day.          animals from around the Region. The Geelong Show comes complete
Barwon Park, National Wool Museum, Fort Queenscliff, Ford Museum,              with rides and showbags offering hours of fun for adults and children.
Barwon Grange and Corio Villa are just a few.
                                                                               There are also a wide variety of music and food festivals held around the
For those who enjoy collecting antiques and old wares local retail outlets     Region each year celebrating local talent and produce.
have much to offer.

The Marine Discovery Centre at Queenscliff and the Ford Discovery
Centre Geelong, offer a range of interactive exhibits and points of interest
for the whole family.

If you have an interest in markets then you’ll love Saturdays and Sundays
in Geelong. There is a different market on somewhere in the Region each
weekend be it at Belmont, Queenscliff, Waterfront Geelong, Portarlington,
Point Lonsdale, Central Geelong or Torquay. Local markets trade in arts
and crafts, trash and treasure, fresh regional produce and food products.




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Recreation
                                                                               The Barwon River, which flows from forests in the Otway Ranges through
One of Geelong’s greatest lifestyle attributes is its range of recreational    Geelong to the ocean at Barwon Heads, offers a diverse range of activities
opportunities.                                                                 for local residents. The river is a widely used rowing course and each year
                                                                               hosts a range of rowing events. A picturesque 20km walking and cycling
Geelong borders magnificent bay and coastal beaches on three sides             path makes it way along the Barwon from Buckley Falls to the suburb of
making water sports and activities of any kind possible - surfing, jetsking,   Breakwater. Balliang Sanctuary situated along the Barwon River is the
windsurfing, sailing, sailboarding and fishing. The ease with which            perfect family picnic spot featuring a range of bird life, picnic facilities and
residents can make their way around the Region ensure that these               children’s playground.
activities can be enjoyed before or after work not just at the weekend.
                                                                               The Bellarine Rail Trails extends over 30km from East Geelong to
Local swimming and surf beaches are amongst the most famous in                 Queenscliff, following the historic Queenscliff rail line across the Bellarine
Australia, including Torquay, Bells Beach, Ocean Grove and Barwon              Peninsula. Geelong has an extensive network of cycling paths and trails
Heads. Geelong is also the gateway to the famous Great Ocean Road              spread across the Region, many of which are linked.
that includes picturesque towns such as Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port
Campbell.                                                                      The Geelong Botanic Gardens, situated in Eastern Park only a short walk
                                                                               from Central Geelong, are the fourth oldest in Australia (150 years). The
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The Geelong Football Club is one of the founding clubs of the Australian       recent addition of a unique 21 Garden links the past with the present.
Football League (AFL). 8 AFL home games are played each year at the
local stadium, Kardinia Park, home to the mighty Cats. The Club has a          Expansive rural areas around Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula offer
strong supporter base of some 23,000 members. In addition to the AFL,          the perfect setting for equestrian activities. Six major centres provide a
Kardinia Park also has facilities for netball, cricket, swimming (currently    fantastic mix of horse riding, show jumping and cross-country experiences.
being upgraded to an Olympic size facility) and open parkland for more
leisurely recreational pursuits.                                               Open space is intrinsic of the Geelong lifestyle. The coastline of Corio
                                                                               Bay, the headlands of Eastern Park, Point Henry and the Bellarine
The Sport of Kings – thoroughbred racing has a strong local presence in        Peninsula, the rounded open hills of the Rowsley Fault, local and regional
Geelong. The Geelong Racing Club is one of Australia’s leading provincial      wetlands and the Barwon Valley.
courses, offering first class facilities for its members. The Geelong Cup is
celebrated each year during the spring racing carnival.                        The Geelong Baseball Centre is an international standard facility, the
                                                                               largest facility of its kind in the southern-hemisphere. The Centre is well
The Royal Geelong Yacht Club offers a 223-berth marina and welcomes            suited to high calibre events as well as recreational games.
both sailing and social members. The Club manages a variety of local
events, championships and regattas throughout the year. The club has a         The Region has three major public indoor aquatic centres, three outdoor
strong junior squadron and offers sailing courses and sailing education.       pools and a number of recreational/leisure centres catering for a variety of
                                                                               sports and pastimes.
Golfing enthusiasts need look no further than Geelong. Within a few
minutes drive of the City Centre there are over 20 golf courses to suit all    The Region has a range of dedicated facilities for children such as
playing standards and playing preferences be it a links or design format       preschool play centres, adventure parks, amusement arcades and skate
course. Courses around the Region vary in their complexity, design, green      parks.
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fees and surrounds. Most notable courses include Barwon Heads, 13
Beach and Curlewis.                                                            Whatever your interest Geelong can accommodate your needs be it
                                                                               archery, athletics, aviation, Australian Rules Football, badminton, baseball,
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basketball, callisthenics, cricket, BMX, motorbikes, in-line skating,
swimming, croquet, cycling, dance, gymnastics, hockey, shooting, lawn
bowls, martial arts, netball, harness racing, scuba diving, soccer, rugby,
tennis, ten pin bowling or ice-skating.

When you need to get away from it all for a short break, Geelong is located
only one hour or so from some of Victoria’s best weekend getaway
destinations such as Lorne, Apollo Bay, Ballarat, Daylesford, Queenscliff,
Melbourne, Sorrento and the Mornington Peninsula.




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Map of Geelong – position suburbs in relation to
housing and getting around the Region.




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                                                                                 Median House Prices:
Geelong Region Facts and Figures                                                 Greater Geelong:                                                 $185,000
                                                                                 SurfCoast:                                                       $310,000
Population:                                                                      Golden Plains:                                                   $140,000
Geelong Region                                                   240,000         Queenscliffe:                                                    $402,000

Local Government: (Geelong Region)                                               Major Education Facilities:
City of Greater Geelong, SurfCoast Shire, Golden Plains Shire and Borough of     Deakin University                           Gordon Institute of TAFE
Queenscliffe.                                                                    Marcus Oldham Farm Management College       Geelong Grammar School
                                                                                 Geelong College                             Kardinia International College
Area:                                                                            Christian College
Geelong Region                                                  2,500km2
                                                                                 Major Shopping Districts:
Distance:                                                                        Central Geelong (CBD)                       Pakington Street, Geelong West
Geelong - Melbourne                                            55 minutes        Pakington Street, Newtown                   Waurnvale, Waurn Ponds
Geelong - Melbourne Airport                                    65 minutes        Newcomb Village, Newcomb                    Corio Village, Corio
Geelong - Avalon                                               20 minutes        Bellevue Avenue, Highton                    High Street Belmont

Climate:                                                                         Major Cultural Assets:
Summer                                           Max 25.1oC - Min 13.1oC         Geelong Art Gallery                         Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Winter                                            Max 14.4oC - Min 5.4oC         Balmoral Galleries                          National Wool Museum
Annual Rainfall                                                   549mm          Village Cinema                              Reading Cinema

Road Network:                                                                    Major Health Services:
Princes Highway:                                      Melbourne-Geelong          Barwon Health - Geelong Hospital & Grace McKellar Centre
                                                           Geelong-Colac         St John of God Hospital                    Geelong Private Hospital
Surf Coast Highway                                      Geelong-Torquay          Pathcare
Bellarine Highway                                     Geelong-Queenscliff
Hamilton Highway                                        Geelong-Hamilton         Major Tourism Assets:
Midland Highway                                          Geelong-Ballarat        Gateway to the Great Ocean Road              National Wool Museum
                                                                                 Otway National Park                          You Yangs National Park
Rail Network:                                                                    Barwon Heads, Queenscliff, Bells Beach, Torquay
Geelong – Melbourne                                           50 minutes
Train Frequency                             20 Minutes Approx. Peak Hour         Major Sporting & Recreational Facilities:
                                                Otherwise Hourly services        Royal Geelong Yacht Club                    Geelong Football Club
                                                                                 Geelong Racing Club                         Waterfront Geelong
                                                                                 Geelong Cricket Club
Ethnicity:                                                                       Newspapers
Born in Australia 80.0%                             Born Overseas 20.0%          Geelong Advertiser (Daily)                  Geelong Independent (Weekly)
Main Overseas Countries of Birth: United Kingdom 5.4%, Italy 1.0%, Netherlands   Geelong News (Weekly)                       Geelong Echo (Weekly)
0.9%, Croatia 0.8%, Germany 0.8% & New Zealand 0.8%.                             Geelong Times (Weekly)                      Geelong Business News (Monthly)




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Working Geelong                                                                                                                        Ind ust r y St r uct ur e o f t he Geelo ng R eg io n W o r kf o r ce 2 0 0 1
                                                                                                       Industry Sector

Geelong has a healthy and buoyant employment market. A regional                           Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

labourforce of 100,000 people work in a variety of occupations and                                                M ining

industry sectors.                                                                                        M anufacturing
                                                                                         Electricity, Gas & Water Supply

The Region prides itself on being at the cutting edge of market trends and                                 Construction

responsive to the needs of an ever changing work environment.                                           Wholesale Trade

                                                                                                            Retail Trade
The Geelong economy has experienced considerable diversification over              Accommodation, Cafes & Restaurants
the past decade. Sectors such as retailing, hospitality, health, research,                 Transport & Storage Services
biotechnology and education provide increasing employment opportunities                         Communication Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Geelong Region      Victoria

for the community. Manufacturing, once Geelong’s largest employment                                Finance and Insurance
sector, continues to play an important role in the Regional economy with                 Property and Business Services
many new employment opportunities being created in niche markets such             Government, Administration & Defence
as food processing.                                                                                           Education

                                                                                                                  Health
Geelong’s unemployment rate has remained on par to the Victorian State                   Cultural & Recreational Services
average in recent years. Each week a variety of jobs are advertised                            Personal & Other Services
                                                                                                                                                                                        Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

across a range of occupations in both local and metropolitan newspapers.
                                                                                                     Percentage (%)         0           2          4           6           8          10           12        14           16          18

For those seeking work locally, over 40 employment agencies (both
                                                                                                                                Occup at io n St r uct ur e o f t he Geelo ng R eg io n W o r kf o r ce 2 0 0 1
Geelong based and those with a national office) can help in finding the
right job. Agencies operate across a range of specialist fields including                                   Industry Sector
nursing, hospitality, science, industrial, legal, insurance and administration.                    M anagers & Administrators
There are also local agencies dedicated to assisting apprentices.                                                Professionals


Geelong’s proximity to the Victorian State Capital Melbourne, offers                                   Associate Professionals

additional employment opportunities. Efficient road and rail systems allow                  Tradespersons & Related Workers                                                                              Geelong Region        Victoria
10% of the workforce to commute to Melbourne each day for work in
                                                                                          Advanced Clerical & Service Workers
around an hour - faster than it would take to travel into the City from one of
Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.                                                Intermediate Clerical Sales & Service Workers

                                                                                  Intermediate Production & Transport Workers
Local training and education institutions provide the workforce with ample
opportunities for up-skilling and skill diversification.                           Elementary Clerical, Sales & Service Workers

                                                                                                 Labourers & Related Workers                                                          Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics

                                                                                                    Percentage (%)                 0                   5                  10                  15                  20                  25




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Education and Learning                                                        information technology, occupational health & safety, first aid, business
                                                                              management, music and apprenticeships.
Geelong’s education and training facilities are amongst the best in
Australia.                                                                    Geelong sets a very high benchmark when it comes to private and public
                                                                              primary and secondary education. There are 24 secondary schools in the
One of Victoria’s four main Universities, Deakin University, has two          Region. The most well recognised of these include Geelong Grammar
campuses in Geelong. The Waurn Ponds campus offers courses in Arts,           School, Geelong College, Kardinia International College, Christian
Business and Management, Communication and Media, Engineering,                College, St Josephs College, Scared Heart College, Geelong High School,
Government and Community, International Studies, IT, Law, Psychology,         Matthew Flinders Secondary College, Belmont High School and Oberon
Science, Teaching and Wine Science. Each year some 13,000 students            High School.
are enrolled at Waurn Ponds with 70% of these enrolled in off-campus
courses. Deakin’s Waterfront Geelong Campus, caters to Nursing,               There are 89 primary schools in the Region providing excellence to young
Occupational Therapy, Architecture and Construction Management. Some          students. Geelong Grammar, Geelong College, Christian College and
1,200 students are based at the waterfront with this number expected to       Kardinia International School also provide primary education as do St
increase to 2,000 in coming years. The University also offers a diverse       Johns Lutheran School, Chilwell Primary School and Montpellier Primary
range of postgraduate opportunities such as Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)        School.
and Masters Degree including Master of Business Administration.
                                                                              The Region has over 24 childcare centres spread across the Region to
Since 1887 the Gordon Institute of TAFE has been providing high quality       offer parents flexibility in their working or daily schedules.
education and training options for the Geelong community. The Gordon is
a national and international vocational education and training provider       As Geelong is the major centre for many services in the Barwon district,
offering some 220 Certificate/Diploma courses, and a further 200 specialist   the City is able to offer a wide variety of services for children with
and short courses. Courses range across seven schools including Social        additional needs including home-based and centre-based education and
Sciences, Building and Construction, Business and Management,                 care.
Computing Studies and the Arts, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Tourism,
Hospitality and Cookery and Community Services and Corrections
Education. The Gordon was judged “Victorian Training Provider of the
Year 2003/2004” by the Victorian State Government.

The Marcus Oldham Farm Management College (located at Waurn Ponds)
is Australia’s leading rural business management college. The college
established in 1962 attracts students from all over Australia and overseas.
The College offers a number of courses including Bachelor of Business
(Agricultural Management) & Advanced Diploma of Farm Business
Management, Diploma of Agribusiness, Diploma of Horse Business
Management.

In addition to the Region’s formal education institutions, Geelong has over
40 training and development organisations who deliver industry specific
training in fields such as personal development, communications,


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Community Services
                                                                               The latest in personal grooming and care is offered throughout the Region
                                                                               by a large range of professional providers in beauty therapy, hairdressing
Geelong has a broad range of community and personal services that cater        and massage. There are also a number of day spa and health retreats
to all ages and needs.                                                         located throughout the Region.

Geelong health facilities service most areas in Western Victoria. For this     A variety of religious groups and spiritual churches have a presence in
reason, services are much more comprehensive then one would expect.            Geelong.

Three major hospitals provide health care services to the community.           The Region has a highly active community safety network through
Barwon Health is Victoria’s largest regional health care organisation          volunteers in the Country Fire Authority, State Emergency Service and St
providing comprehensive specialist hospital, rehabilitation, residential and   Johns Ambulance.
community services.
                                                                               Geelong residents have ample opportunity to participate in community life
St John of God Health Care provides day surgery, medical, surgical and         and decision making through a variety of community events and support
maternity services. The Geelong private hospital is a 95-bed facility          groups such as Friends of the Geelong Botanic Gardens and the Geelong
providing medical and surgical services across a wide range of areas.          Historical Society, as well as through volunteer management.

The Region has an extensive range of specialist services including             In November 2002, G21 – Geelong Region Alliance was created with the
pathology, aged care, palliative care, counselling, community health,          aim of developing and implementing a Geelong Region Strategic Plan to
mental health, cancer support, immunisation, disability services, home         examine the long term needs of the Region.           Over 100 regional
care, physiotherapy, chiropractic, parenting, carer respite centres,           organisations participated in the process, which was supported by the
paediatric, child and adolescence services and a wide range of support         Federal and State Governments and the five regional municipalities of
groups.                                                                        Geelong, Surf Coast, Golden Plains, Queenscliffe and Colac Otway.

The Region is well serviced by medical practitioners as well as specialists    After considerable community consultation a Strategic Plan was prepared
in natural and alternative remedies.                                           that identifies a series of regional needs and supporting projects across all
                                                                               aspects of life including Arts, Culture and Heritage, Community Safety and
Most major private health insurance organisations have a presence in           Security, Economic Development, Environment, Health and Well Being,
Geelong. Geelong even has its own health insurance organisation                Lifelong Learning, Research, Sport and Recreation, Telecommunications
GMHBA Limited (Geelong Medical and Hospital Benefits Association)              and Transport.         The Geelong community is currently pursuing
which has grown to become one of Australia’s leading regionally based          implementation of the projects.
health insurance providers.

When it comes to personal well being, Geelong has a superb range of
facilities available.

Geelong has ten health and fitness centres catering for a variety of fitness
needs. A wide range of professional personal trainers can help you design
a program to suit your needs. Other fitness classes such as pilates and
yoga are offered at community centres as well as by private providers.

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Supporting Infrastructure                                                      The Geelong Advertiser is Geelong’s major daily newspaper. Also
                                                                               available are various local newspapers such as the Geelong Independent,
Geelong’s road network makes it easy to move around the Region as well         Geelong News, the Geelong Times and the Geelong Echo, which are
between the City and the State Capital Melbourne.                              published weekly, free of charge and focus on Geelong and region specific
                                                                               issues.
Geelong is situated approximately 55 minutes drive along the Princes
Highway from the State Capital Melbourne (75km). In 2002 the highway           The Geelong Region is on the Metropolitan Melbourne broadcasting
was upgraded to six lanes from Werribee reducing travel times. The             network and therefore receives the same television and radio frequencies
Geelong community is currently working with the State and                      as the State Capital. Geelong based radio stations Bay FM 93.9 and K-
Commonwealth Government to construct a western by-pass, that will              ROCK 95.5 broadcast directly from Geelong.
reduce travel times for north-south bound traffic.
                                                                               Cable television is available throughout the Region by major network
Geelong’s location also makes it easy to get to a range of other regional      suppliers.
centres such as Ballarat, Bendigo and Warrnambool.
                                                                               Residents have access to choice in their telephony services with major
V/Line operates the passenger rail service between Geelong and                 network suppliers having a presence in the Region. Broadband Internet
Melbourne. Peak services depart Geelong every 20 minutes and are               access is also available.
generally hourly outside these times. Special services cater to sporting
events in both Geelong and Melbourne.                                          Four municipalities provide governance in the Geelong Region. The City
                                                                               of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Borough of Queenscliffe and
The City currently has four railway stations, Lara, North Geelong, Geelong     Golden Plains Shire.
and South Geelong (limited services also run from Corio and North Shore).
Construction of a new railway station at Grovedale in the City’s south will    The City of Greater Geelong is Victoria’s largest municipality providing a
be completed at the end of 2004.                                               range of services to the community including child care, aged care, public
                                                                               libraries, leisure and fitness centres, aquatics, planning, building, local
Melbourne Airport is located just over an hour away via the Princes            laws, recreation services and a range of strategic functions.
Highway and connecting Western Ring Road. Local company Gull
Geelong operates a shuttle service from Geelong to Melbourne airport.
Geelong’s Avalon Airport is the base for several flights daily to Sydney and
Brisbane by Qantas offshoot Jetstar.          Avalon Airport is located
approximately 20 minutes from Geelong and only 35 minutes from
Melbourne.

Geelong and the Mornington Peninsula are easily connected by an hourly
ferry (7am to 6pm and more frequently during the peak season) that
operates most days of the year from Queenscliff on the Bellarine
Peninsula to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula.

The Melbourne Herald Sun, The Age, Financial Review and other major
Newspapers are all readily available throughout the region.


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Useful Regional Websites:

Local Government:
www.geelongaustralia.com.au
www.surfcoast.vic.gov.au
www.goldenplains.vic.gov.au
www.queenscliffe.vic.gov.au


Services Directory:
www.geelonginfo.com


Tourism:
www.greatoceanrd.org.au

Local Newspaper – Property Details:
www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
www.geelongindependent.com.au




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