City of Greater Geelong
|City of Greater Geelong
Location of the City of Greater Geelong in Victoria
|• Density||170.1/km2 (440.5/sq mi)|
|Area||1,240 km2 (478.8 sq mi)|
|State electorate(s)||Bellarine, Geelong, Lara, South Barwon|
|Federal Division(s)||Corio, Corangamite|
It is located in the western part of the state, south-west of Melbourne. It has an area of 1,240 square kilometres. In 2011 it had a population of 210,000. 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.
History of former municipalities
- 1838 – Geelong (Aboriginal word for 'Ocean') region declared a town
- 1849 – Geelong incorporated as a town
- 1853 – Barrabool declared a road district
- 1854 – Bellarine declared a 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 Point 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 .
Current composition and election method
Greater Geelong City Council is composed of a directly elected Mayor, and twelve Councillors elected from single-member wards. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The most recent election was held on 27 October 2012. The current Council, elected in 2012, is:
|Mayor||Darryn Lyons||Directly elected|
|Austin Ward||John Irvine||Elected 2012|
|Beangala Ward||Jan Farrell|
|Brownbill Ward||Michelle Heagney||Elected 2012|
|Buckley Ward||Andy Richards|
|Cheetham Ward||Rod Macdonald|
|Corio Ward||Kylie Fisher||Elected 2008|
|Coryule Ward||Lindsay Ellis||Elected 2012|
|Cowie Ward||Eddy Kontelj||Elected 2010|
|Deakin Ward||Ron Nelson||Elected 2011|
|Kardinia Ward||Bruce Harwood||Elected 2001|
|Kildare Ward||Stretch Kontelj||Elected 1998|
|Windermere Ward||Tony Ansett||Elected 2012|
|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, salt pioneer;|
|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 Alfred Deakin Prime Minister 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, pioneers of the area|
- Gerry Smith (1995–1998)
- Ken Jarvis (1998–2000)
- Michael Crutchfield (2000–2001)
- 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 (2008–2012)
- Keith Fagg (Oct 2012–Aug 2013)
- Darryn Lyons 2013-2016
- Tony Ansett (2003-2004)
- John Mitchell (2007–2008)
- Rod Macdonald (2008–2010)
- Cameron Granger (2010–2012)
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- "Greater Geelong City Council: Election Results 2012". Local Government Elections 2012. Victorian Electoral Commission. October 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
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- Sister Cities
- City of Greater Geelong
- Geelong Region Alliance Website
- Metlink local public transport map
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps