Have one for Geelong
WE’VE long prided ourselves on being the state’s second biggest city.
Big enough to be taken seriously. But not so big that you lose our lovely spacious, coastal vibe and trade it in for the ‘rat race’ feel of a capital city-sized metropolis and all its attendant problems of parking, transport, amenity, impatience and rudeness.
But the news that Wyndham City council has pipped us in the population stakes by about 10,000 residents is cause for concern and should have our sense of competition stirring.
Now, there is a fundamental flaw in Wyndham’s population boast and its comparison with Geelong.
And that is Geelong is one big city while Wyndham is an arbitrary collection of Melbourne suburbs such as Hoppers Crossing, Laverton and Werribee.
Wyndham’s mayor has said Geelong needs Wyndham and Wyndham needs Geelong.
If that’s his plan what Geelong really needs is a wall.
We agree with our mayor when he says Geelong has its own identity and we don’t want to be part of Melbourne.
We certainly don’t need to be joined at the hip with Werribee — mainly famous for what we can only politely refer to as its main import industry.
But, as the saying goes, quantity has a quality all of its own. Demographics drive their own agenda. And Wyndham is certainly in the grip of a population boom.
When Peter Costello introduced the baby bonus he urged Australians to go for the third child: Have one for mum, one for dad, and one for the country.
While we want to maintain our idyllic lifestyle and not grow to the size of the capital, our region’s prosperity in the face of an ageing population can only be helped by young families who can afford it having that extra baby.
Frank Costa is right, people should be encouraged to go for that extra bundle of joy.
Let’s not let Wyndham outgrow our region.
Have one for mum, one for dad and one for Geelong.