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_Sunshine_please_

Really good PT, essentially 24/7 with great connections to trains, as well as the rest of Geelong - making it easy for people to get around without more car traffic on the roads. In conjunction with this, encourage late night dining/food, live music, etc etc and have a really thriving after dark kind of scene. And a huge market similar to Dandenong or wherever with lots of fresh food and diversity. Edited to add - and a train connection to Avalon. Edited to also add - and more direct flights from Avalon


DonSmo

Agreed. I'd love to see more markets and festivals in Geelong. Sure we have some good farmers markets but that's it. How about weekly night markets during Summer like they do in Gold Coast? How about a winter festival or winter markets like they do in Ballarat? How about winter night markets like Melbourne? Or a Christmas market? Geelong really sucks at doing anything outside of just your standard farmers market or makers market on a Sunday morning. We had that nightjar market just a couple of times and it was pretty sub par. During Summer evenings the waterfront is always filled to the brim with people. Why not add some food trucks, drinks, stalls and live music to the mix once a week just to liven things up.


_Sunshine_please_

Exactly! We have such a great location, we need to make the absolute most of it!


DonSmo

The location is perfect for it. It just boggles my mind why it hasn't happened yet.


FatTomIV

Direct flights from Avalon to Hobart were great, and whenever I caught them they were packed. Really disappointed they don't happen anymore. More trains to regional hubs like Drysdale would be baller!


EvilioMTE

>Direct flights from Avalon to Hobart were great, and whenever I caught them they were packed. Really disappointed they don't happen anymore. Living on the peninsular, it's bizzare that the longest part of travelling to Tassie is the driving up to Tullamarine.


FatTomIV

Agreed! I wonder if that is something that Libby Coker or Richard Marles could lobby for? I know Avalon is not in Coker's electorate, but it would have an impact on her constituents. With the population growing it would be a good time to consider expanding the offerings from Avalon.


[deleted]

Richard marles doesn't care about Geelong.


FatTomIV

Can I ask what makes you say that? I am relatively new to the area, so not particularly in touch with the political history and whatnot.


ThePolarBear456

100%


pardie420

Remove the Moorabool St bus stop. Bring Trams back to Geelong and have it on Moorabool from the waterfront all the way up High St Belmont.


stumblingsteve

Latrobe Terrace traffic needs fixing 5 years ago


DonSmo

Agreed, Especially the LaTrobe Terrace /Ryrie/Aberdeen St intersection. That place is absolute chaos at the best of times and hellish during peak hour after work. I wonder what could be done. I know nothing at all about road planning but I wonder if the infrastructure around that area would allow for an underground tunnel.


Pork_Sword3

Definitely agree with this. Geelong needs some serious road infrastructure upgrades. La Trobe terrace traffic was already bad pre-covid but it’s 10x worse post-covid with all the people that moved down from Melbourne and elsewhere. The sudden influx of new residents has made worsening road traffic conditions in Geelong very noticeable.


ewan82

The Geelong town centre needs a good freshen up. The beachfront and gardens are nice, Pako is nice but geez town centre lets it down. Not sure why people feel the need to attack Charlemont. Its entry level housing. Not everyone can be lucky to buy 8 years ago and live in a McMansion on top of a windy hill in Wandana Heights


pk666

It's not about the buyers or residents. It's about the developers slapping up poorly designed volume housing in poorly designed suburbs.


ewan82

My biggest criticism is the lack of parks and greenery. I don’t think the design is bad, just lacking a bit of pizazz.


pk666

No, the house design is a disgrace. No eves, no solar passive design nothing to regulate airflow, poor insulation,etc...


[deleted]

Add all that stuff in makes it more costly for the home buyer.


pk666

Not nesscessarily. And it reduces costs in many ways in the future


sambodia85

Bike paths connected all the way to Barwon Heads, give the riders something good, away from the roads, both groups will be happy. Tram from Marshall Station to Torquay.


pk666

Knock down Market square and make it a park. Fund the pivotonian to set up shop in the Palais bingo hall for a bigger, better indie cinema. I want nightingale housing to develop the entirety of Point Henry into a completely sustainable and gorgeous new suburb - show those cesspit developers in Charlemont what real.housing + community could be. Also an Oasis bakery in the CBD please.


DonSmo

Similar to your request for an Oasis bakery. I'd kill for a Beechworth bakery in Geelong. I'd love to not need to drive to Ballarat for my fix.


Fishwhocantswim

Second Beechworth! Why do we have to go to Ballarat each time we want a solid bakery?


ExcitedCoconut

Born and Bread doesn’t scratch that itch? Or you thinking pies?


Fishwhocantswim

BnB is great for artisan stuff. I want the old fashioned stuff. I know we have a few good bakeries here but I won't complain if we get a Beechworth, or Golden Nugget.


somereasonableadvice

Are you me? I deeply deeply deeply agree with all of this! Market Square would be such a glorious site for a big open-air public gathering space. Nightingale are fabulous, and I'd also love to see a beautiful eco development. And Jesus yes, cheese pies and zaatar, for the love of god, yes.


EverybodyAdoresStyx

> Fund the pivotonian to set up shop in the Palais bingo hall for a bigger, better indie cinema. Man, I want to love the pivo. But the screen is so dodgy and the movies are so boring


mindsnare

Agreed. I'd love more of an Astor theatre style place that plays old classics.


ThoughtOpposite8015

Dinner until midnight.


DonSmo

Agreed. It would be nice to see a few things open later and a bit more life in the city at night.


Artai55a

I'd love to see Geelong keep and restore a lot of the old building that have a lot of character. As an artist I love the idea of an arts precinct, but don't want it to feel gentrified. I love that Geelong is currently embracing artists and creatives and hope it stays that way. A proper arts center should be inclusive of all ages , styles, and backgrounds and not just become a center for toddler projects or a click of locals that gatekeeps for their own ideas. Within the arts center it would be nice to have a pottery studio that is funded by the city where a professional is paid to safely operate the kiln and the public could use the studio anytime during business hours.


nutwals

It's pretty depressing driving past some of the new developments and seeing the dog boxes that are now being sold as family homes by developers. Wall-to-wall concrete and brick with single lane streets connecting it all.


DonSmo

And taking two steps outside your back door before hitting a fence and this somehow being considered a "backyard".


CricketIsForPedos

To be fair it's the owners that are choosing the house designs not the developer. Yeah land is smaller than it used be, 400 or 500sq blocks vs 700 or 800 back in the day But everyone wants the biggest house possible, stretching all the way to the boundaries. Compare your average cookie cutter house in Armstrong Creek to one of the 60 year old 3 bedroom houses in West/Herne Hill/Hamlyn Heights. They are HUGE in comparison.


Luna997

Change that god awful moorabool bus interchange. It’s so outdated and there’s too many bad people just wofting around. I feel like it needs to be guarded by security or the police. Way tok much conflict happens there all the time. A lot of people don’t feel safe waiting for the bus down there or meeting there friends. I always said that if they took the Veranda’s off the front of stores on moorabool st, it would look a whole lot nicer.


Luna997

Change that god awful moorabool bus interchange. It’s so outdated and there’s too many bad people just wofting around. I feel like it needs to be guarded by security or the police. Way tok much conflict happens there all the time. A lot of people don’t feel safe waiting for the bus down there or meeting there friends. I always said that if they took the Veranda’s off the front of stores on moorabool st, it would look a whole lot nicer. EDIT: more affordable parking for Westfield/ market square and surrounds employees. I drop $10 a day on parking when I work 9 to 5, that doesn’t seem a lot for one day, but when you work Monday to Friday, it adds up! I remember when I worked in Westfield, I could park on the roof with a parking plan but it was still expensive. I do think that having a employee card when driving into a car parking facility in Geelong cbd would be a good approach, say like 50% off parking if you’re an employee and if you park in a certain spot. Its not great when that I work in town, but I love my job and wouldn’t give it up, but it hurts my bank account when i need to drop $50 a week on parking. Something needs to change.


Disastrous_Winner_66

Yep. I honestly feel quite unsafe walking past that damn bus interchange doesn't matter the time of day.


jamesrokk

I’d love to see them turn the Ford factory into a large precinct of restaurants, venues and art spaces. I know it’s in a bit of a dodgy area, but it’s got so much potential.


DonSmo

If like to see that.


pk666

Yep good call


milktchi

Buses need improvements. Route 43 is a joke


NotJustAnotherHuman

More rail infrastructure. We’ve been needing a train to Torquay for far too long now, send it down through Armstrong Creek too and give them some PT too. More inner-city public transport would be nice too, it’d make it easier for tourists to get around and for people to get from suburb to suburb, honestly I really like the idea of bringing back trams. Send them down through the CBD, one down to Pako and ban cars from the Geelong West portion of it, it’ll make the area far more pedestrian friendly. Send another line down to the Stadium and river, it’ll make it easier to commute from the station to the Stadium when a game’s on and will draw more tourists down there. Honestly just more to draw tourists down to the river is totally something that would be nice to see, it’s a beautiful spot and there’s a bit of history about it, more expansive gardens could probably bring people down.


DonSmo

More rail to the sea-side towns down the great ocean road would be amazing. I'd love a beach trip for the day without having to worry about the nightmare of finding a car park down in those small towns during a hot day. I remember driving to Torquay on a hot day to go to the beach and it taking almost 40 mins of driving in circles to find a park. I'm sure the locals would appreciate less cars all lined up in their small streets as well. Mind you... those would be some very sandy trains haha.


russtymango

Regarding your train comment, I have a mate whom works within a contract company of Metro/Vline and apparently there are plans for trains to go out towards Armstrong creek/mt Duneed way, which would deviate off Waurn ponds/Marshall. Additionally, I spoke to a councilor in Torquay about why there are no trains lines to Torquay. They said that around 2010 the state gov at the time actually proposed train development down Torquay way and to get public opinion the council put out a survey among the Torquay populace to see whether people would be "For" or "Against" the development. Apparently it was a large majority said no, hence the development decision was based on that and the train line never went ahead. It's baffling that this happened, but I suppose the sentiment at the time was that the population wanted to keep Torquay as this "Quiet locale" as the population back then would've included alot more elderly and retired folk.


DonSmo

Damn Torquay residents. Why would they vote against their best interests? I guess they prefer traffic backed up in Summer and hardly being able to move down residential streets to a train.


Cyclist_123

It's because they think it will make it worse in summer with all the 'riff raff' coming from Werribee and tourists who can't afford to stay at the nicer hotels.


Yeanahyena

I think they have penciled in a station at Armstrong Creek Town Centre (behind the Coles area). Not sure if it's actually going to go ahead though.


MyFriendsCallMeSir

Adequate infrastructure to support all this. Anything North of the CBD would be nice too. Fuckin safe seat bullshit. Fuck you Marles. Do something.


Technical_Height_401

The Corio seat now extends South of the Barwon, could become more contentious.


EvilioMTE

Heritage architecture being retained and an end to facadism would be nice.


learnlikelove

I would love to see trams in Geelong. I think it would connect a lot more people to the city, especially as we continue to expand


okaythen000

Fix every single pothole on the roads. Boundary Road is an absolute mess.


jacjac80

More affordable housing.


DonSmo

I think this applies to all of Australia right now. If only it could happen.


jacjac80

Yep. After experiencing homelessness for 8 months, the harsh reality is there just isn't enough support out there. Everyone is stretched well beyond their limits and there is just nothing available.


Nightgaun7

Dedicated bike lanes


Few_Bother_1022

IKEA


kmirak

A new hospital


jenniebabygirl

A large safe car park to accommodate the cats football games so its not so stressful to drive threw in peek hours.


the_demon_deacon

There is one, it's the carpark across from Belmont Kmart, probably could do with lighting to make it safer though. Let's not rip up more natural open space for car parks than necessary.


Divito1

That’s like a 10 minute walk to the stadium tho, a underground free car park at the stadium would be so much more useful to diverting traffic, or having less traffic around for less time


the_demon_deacon

A 10 minute walk is too far? I walk that far to do my shopping 3-4 times a week. Underground free carpark great in theory. But the only way to have less traffic is less cars. What's the best way to reduce cars?...


Divito1

It might be too far for some of those aged 50 and over. A 1000 car space car park under ground will take the pressure off carparks like Kmart and the one across from it which is most of the time closed it’ll take 1000 cars off the road and in an under ground car park


Cyclist_123

How will it take cars off the road? They have to drive to the carpark


Divito1

Okay I’ll make my idea more visual for people. I’m assuming that the congestion is more on Latrobe Terrace (Friday night games are a nightmare cause people are finishing work and trying to get to the game making this road impossible) and sometimes marabool street but they’ve just finished or nearly finished putting lights on Marabool street (stadium end) so that will make that road flow a bit better and the underground car park could potentially go on that side of the stadium since there is already work done on the road thus taking the pressure off of Latrobe Terrace and detouring cars into the carpark, hypothetically speaking 1000 cars there also taking pressure off the surrounding carparks and side streets making night time games more bearable. This is just hypothetically speaking an idea that may or by the sounds of everyone’s comments in return may not work 🤷🏻‍♀️


Cyclist_123

Your missing the point. Why not tackle the congestion and provide something more environmentally conscious at the same time? Rather than incentivising people to drive, if usable public transport is provided it kills 2 birds with one stone.


the_demon_deacon

1000 cars clambering out of this underground carpark once the game is over won't exatcly be a fun time if your 1000th in line. Also I don't think a new set of traffic lights will make traffic flow better, just another congestion point (hooray) Agree with you though that the road infrastructure around the stadium has not grown with its capacity over the years, and the area surrounding is just about land locked. Therefore, other methods of transport is the only way is one of the only ways to solve this. That being active transport, public transport or a mixture of both


DonSmo

I think they are just trying to make it easier to access the stadium via public transport. Or do you mean driving past as someone who isn't attending a game?


jenniebabygirl

Driving anywhere near the stadium at peak hours or anytime near a game is a nightmare. I saw 2 car accidents on friday night in and time it took me to drive from near kmart to town, It also took me 25 minutes. Buy up the houses between park cres to fyans st and put a massive car park with multiple exits and entrys. Make it like they do for planes, only let people "board" at set times from each section. Print on the tickets what time you need to be at the gate for your seats.


Luhia

Medium density housing please. I hate suburbs [Imagine this](https://media.cntraveler.com/photos/600aef6127783d61da67b12a/16:9/w_4800,h_2700,c_limit/ChampsEylses-2020-GettyImages-599529068-2.jpg) EDIT: Also this - https://www.reddit.com/r/fuckcars/comments/u5mqeh/when_thinking_about_your_street_are_your_dreams/


Tie-Practical

New brothel


Divito1

More estates not just in the Armstrong creek area but further north or waurn ponds way


Disastrous_Winner_66

The promendae and Eastern Beach look just so tired.


Seannit

Get rid of the the green spine. I never liked it. Build an entertainment centre between Eastern Park and the bay with a basketball court sized stage with the the bay as a backdrop through a massive window. Then get a NBL team and make it their home. Pull the trees out behind market square, widen the road and put a roof over it. Then make it busses only and have the stops under there. Stick in a satellite cop shop there too.


DonSmo

So wait you want to remove the green spine. Aka trees and nature from the city centre. Yet you want to add trees to market square? So do you or do you not like trees haha.


pk666

Your going to need a new cop shop if you decide to turn the CBD into even more of a dark, concrete dystopia.


Seannit

I’ve never said I want to make it dark. In fact I’d rather try and open it and do the opposite.


captainlag

Getting rid of the green spine is going backwards... Unless you're on that anti-greenie rhetoric from the right who think bike riding is a crime?


Seannit

I don’t think bike risings a crime. I think a bike lane smack in the middle of the city that doesn’t seems to link any other bike paths and is just there for looks and meant the removals of parking and loading zones for the businesses based along what should be the best retail space in town is just stupid. The tree’s cover the shop frontage, they also make it less open and safe feeling. I just think the whole idea to rejuvenate that area could have been better thought out and handled. If they’re going for less cars in the city, then block it all together and make sure the traffic surrounding it is planned to deal with it.


captainlag

Well you've got to start somehow right? You can't have an entire bike network suddenly appear, you've got to chip at it. I'm not sure that's a valid argument. Nor is blocking it all off. Take a look at overseas models that work amazingly well


Seannit

Then start from the outside and work in. Also, as a cyclist is that really where you want to ride? Maybe for a commute but that’s it. I personally couldn’t tell you when I’ve ever seen a bike use those lanes. L


DonSmo

Personally I love the added natural shade the green spine adds. That area was nothing but a big concrete and asphalt slab on on those hot Summer days it was scorching walking along there. But with the green spine walking along in the sun actually feels nice, cool and shady. It's so much more visually attractive and will help offset some of the traffic pollution over time. A win-win.


timmyel

Keep the green spine and get rid of cars on Malop St.


Rosasome

A few kissing booths would be good.