Geelong: from gloom to boom (July lunch)
Australia’s wide empty land is challenging to governments at all levels. As major cities struggle to deal with housing and transport problems caused by continued population increase, regional centres are notoriously difficult to grow sustainably. In Victoria three larger country towns offer opportunity for growth, but history makes clear the difficulties involved in creating city centres beyond the state capital. This month we asked one of the state’s most highly recognised civic leaders, Elaine Carbines, to help us look at Geelong – an emerging success story for Victoria.
G21- Geelong Region Alliance is at the forefront of strategic planning for the Geelong region and provides an interesting case study in successful collaborative regional development.
Elaine Carbines is the CEO of G21- Geelong Region Alliance. As a member of the state government she represented Geelong Province from 1999 – 2006 and held the office of Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Environment. Previously she taught at state secondary schools in Geelong and Melbourne.