Future Proofing Geelong: Leading the way in sustainability

Future Proofing Geelong: Leading the way in sustainability

Apr 23

Please contact Ellie Thompson on 03 9652 8402 if you would like registration information.

At this forum, CEDA will host business and industry leaders to discuss opportunities that will maximise the relationship between business investment and sustainability efforts in Geelong, and the significance of developing a sustainable and liveable city within regional Victoria.



 Public event
 Mercure Geelong, Cnr Gheringhap & Myers Street, Geelong, VIC

 Regional Development
 Half Day (8.15am to 2.30pm)



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As Australia's population boom continues, there is strong potential for growth and development in regional cities, like Geelong, to lead in sustainability and liveability.

There is good evidence that Geelong's business / industry and community groups are already responding - with enhanced sustainability strategies in resource use, emissions reductions, water conservation and waste management. The potential for Geelong to respond to the key issues of sustainability and liveability has been rewarded with strong growth in population, industry development, increased employment opportunities and investment in key infrastructure projects.

Geelong is in a strong position to strategically position itself and lead the way as an environmental champion while maximising the economic development opportunities, thereby positioning itself at the forefront of sustainable communities.

At this forum, CEDA will host business / industry and community leaders to discuss opportunities aimed at optimizing the returns for business investment in delivering sustainability outcomes.

Geelong is well positioned to maximise emerging economic opportunities; local leaders are already making strides to future proof Geelong and are excited about the prospects of increased collaboration, which will maximise investments and drive a transformational step change.

Come and learn more about how Geelong is preparing to lead in today's environmental and economic climate.


Opening address by
Councillor John Mitchell, Mayor, City of Greater Geelong

Session One - A vision for a sustainable future
Building a sustainable future requires the implementation of successful partnership approaches between businesses and governments. While regional cities are working towards balancing the development of ecological sustainability and enhanced economic competitiveness, there is a need for long term strategies, planning and coordination of programs to foster sustainable practices and growth. Panelists will discuss how best to develop a vision for a sustainable future for Geelong.

Cheryl Batagol, Chairman, Environmental Protection Authority
Mike Gooey, Director of Sustainability and Environment, Department of Sustainability and Environment
Mark Miller, Managing Director, Greenearth Energy Ltd

Session Two - Sustainability: Driving new business opportunities
Sustainability is more than just about switching off appliances, it's about developing policies to support economic development and social infrastructure. Panelists will present ideas on how addressing sustainability can drive new business opportunities and models and create competitive advantage within relevant industries.

Brendan Foran, Eastern State Corporates Affairs Manager, Alcoa Australia
Mark Schubert, Refinery Manager, Shell Refining (Australia) Pty Ltd
Russell Scoular, Government Affairs Manager, Ford Motor Company of Australia

Keynote lunch address
Speaker to be confirmed

Click here to view the conference program.







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Registration Fees (including GST)


CEDA Members and Guests

Morning & Lunch
$150.00 per person

Lunch Only
$110.00 per person
$1000.00 table X 10        

Non Members

Morning & Lunch
$190.00 per person

Lunch Only
$150.00 per person

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