The Central Geelong Business Reference Group will meet three times a year starting from July, to provide feedback and advice to council on Central Geelong’s growth and recovery from the pandemic.
The group will focus on public transport, parking, the Central Geelong Marketing Committee and Levy and commercial rates within the Central Geelong Action Plan area.
Last night the Council endorsed Terms of Reference for the group, which was established in 2020 and previously named the Geelong CBD Engagement Taskforce.
The Central Geelong Business Reference Group will be open to the 31 businesspeople who took part in online taskforce workshops last year, as well as other current business and/or property owners in the action plan area who apply.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said councillors are interested in the experiences and viewpoints of business and property owners in Central Geelong.
Having a thriving and sustainable Central Geelong plays a significant role in the region’s recovery from COVID-19.
The council group looks forward to hearing the Central Geelong Business Reference Group’s feedback on the four strategic areas, as we navigate through the challenges of the pandemic.
Councillor Eddy Kontelj said it was positive that the group would continue providing feedback to council.
The workshops that were held last year with Central Geelong business and property owners offered up valuable insights on priorities that are important to the business community.
I’m sure continued engagement with the Central Geelong Business Reference Group will see ‘clever and creative’ ideas that support an active and thriving CBD.