City of Greater Geelong

City of Greater Geelong
City of Greater Geelong
Australia Victoria Greater Geelong City.svg
Location of the City of Greater Geelong in Victoria
Population: 216,330(2009)[1]
Density: 165.23/km² (427.9/sq mi)
Established: 1993
Area: 1240 km² (478.8 sq mi)
Mayor: John Mitchell
Council Seat: Geelong
State District: Bellarine, Geelong, Lara, South Barwon
Federal Division: Corio, Corangamite
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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 Victoria, Australia.

It is located in the western part of the state, south-west of Melbourne. It has an area of 1,240 square kilometres. In 2006 it had a population of 191,000. The council chambers are located at the Civic Conference and Reception Centre, a part of the Geelong Town Hall in central Geelong.

It is an amalgamation of parts or wholes of the former municipalities of the Shire of Barrabool, Shire of Bannockburn, Shire of Bellarine, Shire of Corio, City of Geelong, City of Geelong West, City of Newtown, and City of South Barwon that was created in 1993.[2]


History of former municipalities

  • 1838 - Geelong (Aboriginal word for 'Ocean') region declared a Town.
  • 1849 - Geelong Incorporated as a Town.
  • 1843 - Barrabool declared Road District.
  • 1854 - Bellarine declared Road District.
  • 1857 - South Barwon a separate District.
  • 1858 - Newtown and Chilwell a Borough.
  • 1862 - Bannockburn a Road District.
  • 1863 - South Barwon a Borough.
  • 1864 - Corio and Bannockburn made Shires.
  • 1865 - Bellarine a Shire.
  • 1872 - South Barwon a Shire.
  • 1875 - West Geelong a Borough.
  • 1910 - Geelong a City.
  • 1915 - Meredith added to Bannockburn Shire.
  • 1922 - West Geelong a Town.
  • 1924 - Newtown and Chilwell a Town.
  • 1929 - West Geelong a City.
  • 1959 - Newtown and Chilwell a City.
  • 1963 - Queenscliff and Pt Lonsdale separates from Bellarine to form the Borough of Queenscliffe.
  • 1967 - Newtown discarded Chilwell from its title as a city.
  • 1974 - South Barwon a City.
  • 1993 - City of Greater Geelong formed

Sourced from Appendix V, A Journey to Destiny 1890-1990 - 100 Years of Cement Manufacturing at Fyansford by Australian Cement Limited .[3]


City of Greater Geelong and urban areas including Geelong
  • Austin, named after Elizabeth Austin, civic benefactor of homes and hospital;
  • Beangala, named the homeland of the Bengali clan of the Wathaurong people;
  • Brownbill, named after Fanny Brownbill who was the first female local member of the Legislative Assembly (19381946);
  • Buckley, named after William Buckley, an escaped convict from Sorrento who lived with the local aboriginals;
  • Cheetham named after Richard Cheetham, salt pioneer;
  • Corio, an aboriginal name for the area. (Aboriginal word for 'land');
  • Coryule, named after the home of Anne Drysdale, a pioneer squatter in this area;
  • Cowie, named after James Cowie an early land owner;
  • Deakin, named after Deakin University;
  • Kardinia, the aboriginal name for sunrise and the home of Alexander Thomson, first elected Mayor of Geelong;
  • Kildare, an earlier name for the area of the ward;
  • Windermere, named after the home of the Fairbairn[disambiguation needed ] family, pioneers of the area.

Each ward is represented by one elected Councillor.


2008 Council elections

The 2008 Victorian Council elections, were for the first time in history held on the same day throughout Victoria for all councils, Saturday 29 November 2008. A postal ballot was held for the City of Greater Geelong, conducted in the week prior to ballots closing at 6.00 pm on Friday 28 November 2008.

Forty-three individuals stood for election to the twelve vacancies available on the council. Lou Brazier and Tom O'Connor were the only sitting councillors of the ten members contesting the election to lose. Tony Ansett (Windermere Ward) and Peter McMullin (Buckley Ward) did not stand for re-election.

Councillors Abley, Farrell, Harwood, Katos, Kontelj, Macdonald, Mitchell and Saunderson were all re-elected. Joining them on the new council are former Queenscliff councillor John Doull, Kylie Fisher, electorate officer Cameron Granger and Andy Richards.

John Doull defeated sitting councillor Tom O'Connor in Coryule Ward. Doull led by 127 votes after first preferences but won by a considerable margin. O'Connor had caused some controversy after first being elected to Council in November 2004 when he claimed that he had not spoken to prominent Geelong businessman and (then) Geelong Football Club President, Frank Costa. Costa later confirmed that he had met and spoken with O'Connor.

Kylie Fisher defeated sitting councillor Lou Brazier in Corio Ward. Fisher, Council President of the North Shore Primary School, second preferenced Brazier in the election and polled 1086 fewer first preference votes than Brazier. After the distribution of preferences, Fisher defeated Brazier by 541 votes.

Immediately prior to the election, Brazier became embroiled in controversy regarding a possible conflict of interest issue resulting from two votes taken at council meetings. Brazier's re-election prospects were damaged by these latest matters, which followed on from the conflict of interest issues that arose from the 2004 council elections and became more commonly known throughout the community as "Costa-gate", which dogged the 2004-2008 council and led to a municipal investigation by Merv Whelan.

Former Mayor 'Stretch' Kontelj claimed the most primary votes of any candidate with 6,180 votes. Councillors Farrell, Katos, Macdonald and Mitchell were all re-elected unopposed.

Conflicts of interest

David Saunderson, along with four other Labor councillor candidates, received a donation for the 2004 elections from developer Lascorp. Saunderson admitted in the Geelong Magistrates' Court in November 2009 that he was "stupid and foolish" not to declare a conflict of interest during a vote at a meeting of the city council in April 2009 involving the developer. Saunderson pleaded not guilty in court, but was found guilty and fined $18,000 ($3,000 fine and $15,000 in costs). His conviction requires the city to call a by-election for the Cowie ward seat.

Councillor Cameron Granger was also involved in conflict of interest charges in 2009. He appeared before a Geelong Court and was cleared.

Cowie Ward By-Election 2010

The 2010 Cowie ward by-election, caused by the forced vacation of the seat by former Cr David Saunderson, was contested by several candidates over the weekend of 6 and 7 March 2010. Eddy Kontelj, brother of sitting councillor 'Stretch' Kontelj, won the seat with 5,665 votes from Matt Podvinsek (2,391) and former Shire of Corio councillor Vinko Ljubanovic (1,135).

Deakin Ward By-Election 2011

The 2011 Deakin ward by-election, caused by the vacation of the seat by former Cr Andrew Katos, who had won the State seat of South Barwon at the November 2010 Victorian State election, will be held on Saturday 5 March 2011.

Ten candidates have nominated for the vacancy, including Phil Baulch, nurse Amber Jeffreys, Angelo Kakouros, Ron Nelson, lawyer David O'Brien, Matt Podvinsek, Cassandra Syddall, Rick Westgarth, Craig Whimpress and Kimberley Young.

Kakouros, Nelson and Podvinsek have been previous nominees for council seats. Kakouros has also been a nominee for both State and Federal seats.

Current council

The council is composed of twelve councillors, each elected to represent one of the twelve existing wards.

  • Barbara Abley (Brownbill Ward) (Elected March 2001)
  • John Doull (Coryule Ward) (November 2008)
  • Jan Farrell (Beangala Ward) (November 2004)
  • Kylie Fisher (Corio Ward) (November 2008)
  • Cameron Granger (Windermere Ward) (November 2008)
  • Bruce Harwood (Kardinia Ward) (February 2003)
  • Ron Nelson (Deakin Ward) (March 2011)
  • Eddy Kontelj (Cowie Ward) (March 2010)
  • 'Stretch' Kontelj (Kildare Ward) (March 1998)
  • Rod Macdonald (Cheetham Ward) (November 2004)
  • John Mitchell (Austin Ward) (November 2004)
  • Andy Richards (Buckley Ward) (November 2008)


  • Gerry Smith (1995–1998)
  • Ken Jarvis (1998–2000)
  • Michael Crutchfield (2000–2001)
  • Srechko 'Stretch' Kontelj (2001–2002)
  • Barbara Abley (2002–2004)
  • Ed Coppe (2004)
  • Shane Dowling (2004–2005)
  • Peter McMullin (2005–2006)
  • Bruce Harwood (2006–2008)
  • John Mitchell (2008–present)

Deputy Mayors

  • John Mitchell (2007–2008)
  • Rod Macdonald (2008–2010)
  • Cameron Granger (2010–present)

Chief Executives

  • David Niven (1995)
  • Michael Malouf (1995–1997)
  • Geoff Whitbread (1998–2003)
  • Kay Rundle (2003 - 1 May 2009)
  • Stephen Griffin (1 May 2009 -)


Jetstar Airways has its headquarters on the grounds of Avalon Airport in Avalon, City of Greater Geelong.[5][6][7]

Sister cities

Geelong has sister city relations with the following cities[8]:

See also


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sale of Harding Park, Geelong". Retrieved 1 July 2007. 
  3. ^ John, McNeil (1990). A Journey to Destiny 1890-1990 - 100 Years of Cement Manufacturing at Fyansford by Australian Cement Limited. 
  4. ^ Local Government Victoria. "Greater Geelong City Council". Retrieved 30 October 2008. 
  5. ^ "Airline Jetstar to be based in Avalon." The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 February 2004. Retrieved on 9 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Corporate addresses." Jetstar Airways. Retrieved on 12 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Jetstar to fly from Avalon: report." The Age. 24 February 2004. Retrieved on 9 April 2010.
  8. ^ Sister Cities

External links

Coordinates: 38°09′00″S 144°21′00″E / 38.15°S 144.35°E / -38.15; 144.35

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