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From rhetoric to actuality: researching “access” and “inclusion” in one Australian city

National legislation requires Australian cities to be accessible and inclusive. Focussing on Geelong in Victoria, this paper focuses on how best to theorise those with lived experiences of disability understand Geelong and considers how this city has met this challenge through its various plans.
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A tale of three cities

Djillong, the place where modern day Geelong stands, has been an urban centre for millennia. At the time of European colonisation, the traditional owners, the Wadawurrung, lived in low-density houses and gardens in settlements as large as most other sedentary communities across the world. Most...
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Winning from second

Business-led city associations and collaborative economic development organisations are an increasingly important player in urban development, particularly where cities are facing economic decline and are seeking economic and social reinvigoration or transformation. The Committee for Geelong (CfG) in Australia is one such entity, an “independent...
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The crucial role of private domestic gardens in achieving sustainable cities: a model linking the person, Maslow’s Hierarchy and Millennium Ecosystem Assessment to sustainably meeting ecological and human needs

Over the past few decades, the act of engaging people in achieving sustainable cities has focused upon changing environmental values, predominantly through social networks and, increasingly, social practices. Despite increasingly higher levels of environmental awareness within the community, and reasonably consistent levels of community involvement...
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Can regional restructuring be socially inclusive? The case of Northern Futures in Geelong, Victoria

Ongoing economic restructuring has produced many declining rust belt cities and regions. While governments and communities have acted to ease the impacts, most actions have not been effective. Politically the reaction to ongoing high levels of unemployment are now registering across the Western world and...

Greater Geelong City Council general election 2017: council election report

This report has been compiled by the VEC on the conduct of the Greater Geelong City Council general election held in October 2017. The report provides commentary on the services provided by the different branches within the VEC and their performance in the execution of...

Economic contribution of Deakin University's Geelong Waurn Ponds and Waterfront campuses

This study quantifies the economic contribution of the Geelong campuses' ongoing operations and student expenditure to the local community in the Greater Geelong LGA.
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The Geelong Project: Early intervention model to prevent youth homelessness

When an adolescent leaves school early, they're more likely to end up homeless than their peers at school — and to be struggling with issues later in life. In Geelong, Victoria, 250 young people leave school early every year and about 230 of them seek...

The Geelong Project: interim report 2016-2017

This report reveals the Geelong Project is producing unprecedented results in preventing ‘at-risk’ young students from becoming homeless, disengaging in their education and leaving school early.

The Geelong Project: a community of schools and youth services model for early intervention

The Geelong Project is a place-based, ‘community of schools and youth services’ approach to early intervention using population screening, a flexible practice framework and youth-focused, family-centred case management. The model builds in longitudinal follow-up and support to reduce homelessness, and achieve sustainable education and lifetime...