City of Greater Geelong

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This article is about the local government area. For the Geelong metropolitan area, see Geelong. For the locality containing Geelong's city centre, see Geelong city centre.
City of Greater Geelong
Australia Victoria Greater Geelong City.svg
Location of the City of Greater Geelong in Victoria
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Population 221,515 (2013)[1]
 • Density 177.64/km2 (460.08/sq mi)
Established 1993
Gazetted 18 May 1993[2]
Area 1,247 km2 (481.5 sq mi)
Mayor Darryn Lyons
Council seat Geelong city centre
Region Barwon South West
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
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Website City of Greater Geelong
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 the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia, located in the western part of the state. It covers an area of 1,247 square kilometres (481 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 210,875.[1] It is primarily urban with the vast majority of its population living in the Greater Geelong urban area, while other significant settlements within the LGA include Anakie, Balliang, Barwon Heads, Batesford, Ceres, Clifton Springs, Drysdale, Lara, Ocean Grove, Portarlington and St Leonards. It was formed in 1993 from the amalgamation of the Rural City of Bellarine, Shire of Corio, City of Geelong, City of Geelong West, City of Newtown, City of South Barwon, and parts of Shire of Barrabool and Shire of Bannockburn.[2]

The City is governed and administered by the Greater Geelong City Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Geelong, it also has service centres located in Drysdale, Ocean Grove and several other locations within Geelong. The City is named after the main urban settlement located in the centre-west of the LGA, that is Geelong, which is also the LGA's most populous urban centre with a population of 143,921.[3]

History of former municipalities[edit]

  • 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 – Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale separates from Bellarine to form the Borough of Queenscliffe
  • 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
  • 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 .[4]


Current composition[edit]

The council is composed of a directly-elected Mayor, representing the whole of the municipality, and twelve councillors, each representing one of the twelve wards.[5]

Ward Councillor Party Years served Position
  Darryn Lyons   Liberal 2013– Mayor
Austin John Irvine   Country Alliance 2012–  
Beangala Jan Farrell   Independent Labor 2004–  
Brownbill Michelle Heagney   Liberal 2012– Deputy Mayor
Buckley Andy Richards   Labor 2008–  
Cheetham Rod Macdonald   Independent 2004–  
Corio Kylie Fisher   Independent 2008–  
Coryule Lindsay Ellis   Independent 2012–  
Cowie Eddy Kontelj   Liberal 2010–  
Deakin Ron Nelson   Liberal 2011–  
Kardinia Bruce Harwood   Independent 2001–  
Kildare Peter Murrihy   Independent 2015–  
Windermere Tony Ansett   Independent 2001–08, 2012–  


City of Greater Geelong and urban areas including Geelong
Ward Named after
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, (1836–1900) pioneer of salt harvesting industry in Victoria
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, after Alfred Deakin, second Prime Minister of 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 in the Lakes District Lancashire England, pioneers of the area, built Pirra Homestead Windermere Rd Lara.

Former and current Mayors[edit]

Former and current Deputy Mayors[edit]

  • Tony Ansett (2003–2004)
  • John Mitchell (2007–2008)
  • Rod Macdonald (2008–2009)
  • Bruce Harwood (2009–2010)
  • Cameron Granger (2010–2012)
  • Stretch Kontelj (2012–2013)
  • Bruce Harwood (2013–2014)
  • Michelle Heagney (2014–)

Administration and governance[edit]

The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Geelong Town Hall Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at its service centres in Belmont, Corio, Drysdale, Geelong West, Ocean Grove, Waurn Ponds and on Brougham St in Geelong.


Localities which encompass the City of Greater Geelong include:

Sister cities[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Census QuickStats (2011). "Greater Geelong (C) – LGA22750". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S27 of 1993". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 18 May 1993). pp. 1–3. Retrieved 10 January 2014.  |article= ignored (help)
  3. ^ Census QuickStats (2011). "Geelong (UCL) – UCL203001". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ John, McNeil (1990). A Journey to Destiny 1890–1990 – 100 Years of Cement Manufacturing at Fyansford by Australian Cement Limited. Australian Cement Limited. 
  5. ^ "Greater Geelong City Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Paul, Margaret (16 August 2013). "Geelong Mayor Keith Fagg quits because of health problems". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Heritage, Stuart (26 November 2013). "Darryn Lyons: what reality TV has taught us about Geelong's new mayor". Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "About Geelong". Intown Geelong. Archived from the original on 3 August 2009. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°09′00″S 144°21′00″E / 38.15000°S 144.35000°E / -38.15000; 144.35000