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Top 10 Reasons to Move to Geelong
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  1. Great lifestyle
  2. Booming economy
  3. Excellent housing
  4. Attractions
  5. World Class education
  6. Excellent health care
  7. Work opportunities
  8. Superb shopping
  9. Investment opportunities
  10. Natural playground

1. Great lifestyle

A great lifestyle and much more. Geelong offers an unbeatable lifestyle. It has all the modern amenities of a larger city, including world-class health and community services and excellent education facilities, as well as a clean and healthy environment. It has a spectacular waterfront that is the envy of other great cities around the nation, an annual calendar of exciting recreational and cultural events, a beautiful and diverse built and natural environment, and a growing economy. Everything is within easy reach, including magnificent surf beaches and access to Melbourne, which is less than an hour by freeway.

2. Booming economy

A booming economy. Geelong is experiencing rapid growth in many areas, including population, employment and investment. The catalyst has been our efforts to create a positive image and profile for the city through the Geelong Smart Move campaign, major redevelopment projects such as Waterfront Geelong and Geelong Boulevard, and a strong major events strategy.

3. Excellent housing

Excellent, affordable housing. The City of Greater Geelong has a population of more than 190,000 with some 70% living in the urban areas. Urban growth has centred on suburbs such as Highton, Grovedale, Wandana Heights, and Waurn Ponds. The outlying areas are growing quickly and include Lara, Leopold, Clifton Springs and Ocean Grove. Comparable properties cost far less in Geelong than in Melbourne, so as a new resident you can buy a better home and have money left over to spend or invest. Good building blocks are widely available, local builders offer impressive quality and design, and established homes are available to suit every taste from elegant waterfront apartments to large rural properties.

4. Attractions

Plenty to see and do. Geelong offers a number of special attractions, excellent recreational facilities, restaurants and cafes, and an exciting calendar of cultural and sporting events. Some of the attractions include: Waterfront Geelong on Corio Bay, featuring the exciting new Steampacket Place Precinct, Bay Walk Bollards, and many other attractions; Superb golf courses and sporting facilities, such as Geelong Football Club's Shell Stadium and the multi-function sports Arena in North Geelong; The dynamic Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC), the acoustically brilliant 1500-seat Costa Concert Hall, and the Geelong Art Gallery; The largest number of listed heritage properties per head of population in Australia, including the award-winning National Wool Museum, the Botanic Gardens and Customs House; Picturesque wineries of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula such as Scotchmans Hill, Spray Farm, Kilgour Estate and Idyll Vineyard; Access to the beaches and coastal towns of the Surfcoast, and the famous coastline of the Great Ocean Road.

5. World Class education

World-class education. Geelong's successful mix of public and private schools provide education to more that 40,000 primary and secondary students annually. Another 27,000 students a year are enrolled in tertiary and further education courses at Deakin University, the Gordon Insitute of TAFE and Marcus Oldham Agricultural College. Geelong's private schools - including the Geelong Grammar School, The Geelong College, and Kardinia International College - enjoy international recognition for their educational excellence.

6. Excellent health care

The best in health facilities. The 388-bed Geelong Hospital is one of Victoria's major regional hospitals, and the only regional hospital offering advanced cardiac facilities, plus other surgical, medical and specialist services. There are two major private hospitals providing a range of surgical, medical and specialist treatment. Geelong is well served by general practitioners and specialists, with more than 200 in the region. Other facilities include six community health centres and 33 maternal and child health centres. There are also 34 aged accommodation centres.

7. Work opportunities

Employment opportunities. More than 10,000 businesses employ over 80,000 people in the region. Manufacturing and processing industries provide around 15,000 jobs, followed by retail (13,000) and health and community services (8,000). Tourism, hospitality, education, health and business services are among the fastest-growing sectors, with many employment opportunities in information technology, medical and paramedical, motor mechanics, and building trades. The current unemployment rate has fallen significantly in recent times to around the state and national average.

8. Superb shopping

Superb shopping. Geelong has major city and suburban shopping centres. Most major department stores are represented, plus there is an enormous variety of specialty stores, galleries and food shops.

9. Investment opportunities

Excellent investment opportunities. The City of Greater Geelong is establishing Geelong as a leading centre for business, tourism, manufacturing, health and education. The City is eager to support investment in Geelong that will generate sustainable employment opportunities and contribute to the economic wealth of the region. Council recognises and encourages projects that will reduce imports and expand our export markets. Geelong's Industry Assistance Policy provides for company specific assistance to facilitate businesses seeking to invest or reinvest in Geelong. A Business Welcome Pack to assist new businesses in setting up in Geelong is also now available.

10. Natural Playground

 For children and adults alike, the Region is a playground of possibilities, offering the chance to connect back with the things that are important. Pick your way across rockpools full of marine life, stroll along the Waterfront at night, charge across pristine beaches to rolling waves and enter another world in bushland. And all so close to your backyard. So, psst, keep it a secret.
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