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May 18, 2022

G21, CfG welcome state infrastructure spending

HEALTH infrastructure investment and Commonwealth Games cash are Geelong's biggest wins from the 2022-23 State Budget, local advocacy groups say. But there's mixed reviews on...

May 17, 2022

Rippleside revamp

THE City of Greater Geelong has revealed plans for an upgrade to Rippleside's St Helen's Reserve. COGG has proposed to build a timber platform and...

May 15, 2022

Hub reignites community spirit

A WHITTINGTON community centre is inviting its community back to its range of activities and support services as it emerges from a period of...

May 15, 2022

Community to guide NACH management

FUTURE users of the Northern Aquatic and Community Hub (NACH) can put their hand up to guide management decisions for the facility. The City of...

May 12, 2022

HERITAGE CALL: Race to block subdivision and protect Phar Lap tree

RESIDENTS and real estate advocates fear a proposed St Albans Park subdivision could open the floodgates for high-density development in the quiet suburb and...

May 12, 2022

MPs and city clash over housing green space plan

STATE government MPs have taken aim at a City of Greater Geelong planning amendment that would reduce green space requirements for neighbourhoods across the...

May 10, 2022

City plans residential rate increase to ease business pressure

THE City of Greater Geelong is repeating calls for a new Victorian rating strategy, claiming the current cap system limits its capacity to deliver...

May 9, 2022

2000 submissions on controversial gas hub

A PROPOSED Floating Gas Terminal at Corio Bay has drawn more than 2000 submissions as a state planning panel finalises dates for public hearings...

May 8, 2022

City proposes $50m property sale

THE City of Greater Geelong intends to offload about $50 million worth of council-owned commercial property to improve its finances and wants to hear...

May 8, 2022

Ship crew to reunite daughter with fallen sailor

When HMAS Parramatta left Geelong last week, it did so with a new, important mission close to the heart of a Geelong family. A vase...

May 7, 2022

Host of sports clubs celebrate funding wins

LOCAL sports clubs are among the big winners of the City of Greater Geelong's draft budget, with more than $16 million of upgrades to...

May 7, 2022

Jones’ heart still beats true

MELBOURNE Demons 306-game legend Nathan Jones will be back in red and blue in July when he makes a one-off appearance for Portarlington. Port have...

May 6, 2022

Valuations reveal property price blowout

MORE than $25 billion has been added to residential property value across the Surf Coast, Bellarine and Geelong region in an eye-watering rise that...

May 6, 2022

Health, transport and Games headline State Budget

A GEELONG women and children's hospital, new transport projects and Commonwealth Games billions are the local highlights of the 2022-23 State Budget. Treasurer Tim Pallas...

May 6, 2022

City wants state to pay for Games

THE City of Greater Geelong expects the state government to foot the bill for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with no money yet allocated for...

May 3, 2022

Algae outbreak cleared

COAST authorities have declared the Barwon River safe after a blue-green algae outbreak dissipated. Barwon Coast Committee of Management last week cleared parts of the...

May 1, 2022

Casual sick pay plan begins in Geelong

GEELONG workers have started signing up for an Australia-first program to provide sick leave for casual and contract employees. The State Government launched its Sick...

May 1, 2022

Local clubs thrilled with Games coup

GEELONG'S budding young swimmers can't wait for the Commonwealth Games to make a splash in their town. Aquatics is one of the seven sports on...

April 30, 2022

Electric car show rolls into Geelong

THE latest and greatest in electric vehicle manufacturing will be on display at Geelong Showgrounds this weekend as part of a local plan to...

April 29, 2022

Ablett appearance thrills Winchelsea juniors

JUNIOR Winchelsea footballers had a training session to remember last week, when Geelong football royalty Gary Ablett junior visited the local footy club. Ablett made...

April 29, 2022

Golf club upgrades a hit at grand opening

PREMIER Daniel Andrews was the guest of honour as Curlewis Golf Club formally opened its new $20-million redevelopment that makes it one of Victoria's...

April 29, 2022

State sides with locals on Bellarine DAL

PREMIER Daniel Andrews and Bellarine MP Lisa Neville say the state government will stand firm on town settlement boundaries in the Bellarine Distinctive Area...

April 28, 2022

Stingrays will wait for GCA jump

RESURGENT cricket club Surfcoast Stingrays has opted against moving up to the new Geelong Cricket Association fourth division next season and will instead focus...

April 28, 2022

City back in black as it plans record building budget

THE City of Greater Geelong expects to return to surplus and deliver a record capital works program in the next financial year, after councillors...