On October 27, 2012 the City of Greater Geelong became the first Council outside Melbourne to publically elect its Mayor. The aim was to encourage independent voices with direct community support to provide leadership to Council. When elected well known local businessman Keith Fagg said the future is not about the Mayor or the Council it is about Geelong (and) our collective future. Everyone needs to play a part. I expect to need all my business acumen to help steer Geelong through challenging economic times and (encourage the region to) embrace change.
During his first 25 weeks in office our new Mayor has faced issues such as job cuts at Avalon and Ford, and been heavily engaged in major projects such as Enterprise Geelong, the CBD redevelopment taskforce, the Armstrong Creek development, encouraging government departments and overseas businesses to set up offices in Geelong. He has also faced contentious issues such as hard waste collection, building heights and parking availability in the CBD, and the search for a site for the new convention centre.
So how does the role of Geelongs Mayor compare in practice to what he expected, and what does he see as the major goals and challenges for his remaining three and a half years in office? You are invited to join us as the Mayor shares his perspectives and experience so far.