about us

We are a group of Geelong residents that came together to fight a planning application in VCAT. We discovered that there are no protections for existing trees on private land - except for Victorian indigenous trees. So we started CoolGeelong to fight for our urban forest.

Our Aims

·       Stronger local tree management provisions in Geelong

    • appropriate local tree protection laws
    • incorporation in the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme
    • responsive tree management including a succession plan for older trees


·       Consistent state-wide responsive tree protection

Be the change you want to see

At VCAT, the applicant’s legal representative argued that bar one, no legal tree controls protected the existing trees on the subject site. That the developer could remove all the trees at any time without any consequences. 

It is clear that the planning scheme and/or local laws must change.

We are also an incorporated association under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012.   

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