38 applicants for new CBD taskforce
DOZENS of business leaders have thrown their hats into the ring to join a CBD taskforce, to “guide” the City of Greater Geelong’s decision-making.
When taskforce nominations closed on Thursday night, the council had received 38 applications.
All applicants would join the taskforce, the council confirmed on Friday, as long as they met the requirements as “business owners/operators and commercial property owners from the 3220 postcode, who were not members of the Central Geelong Marketing Committee”.
“Given the importance of having an accurate represen
A NEW lounge in Geelong is serving up a sweet way to unwind, offering creative cocktails and delicious desserts.
Sweet Cheeks previously traded as Stacked, a pancake bar that opened this year.
“Through COVID we really tation of the diverse businesses and individuals in central Geelong, all verified applicants will be accepted into the taskforce,” council economy, investment and attraction director Brett Luxford said.
“The aim of the taskforce will be to provide council with their entrepreneurial views, suggestions and feedback regarding the CBD, particularly in the areas of public transport, sat down and realised we needed to have a broader appeal,” Sweet Cheeks venue manager Nick Hawkes said.
Sweet Cheeks launched last week, with a Palm Springs-inspired aesthetic.
It is serving up pancakes and desserts, and Mr Hawkes named the New York and Nu
CBD parking, the Central Geelong Marketing Committee, the Central Geelong marketing levy and commercial rates.
“The taskforce’s feedback will provide a valuable perspective as council leads the community and CBD into a post-COVID-19 future.”
Mr Luxford confirmed the council was yet to finalise the taskforce’s terms of reference.
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“Everything is made inhouse from scratch by our pastry chef,” he said.
Patrons can also enjoy unique cocktails including espresso martinis with salted caramel syrup, and lemon meringue beverages. as menu spoke to a number of taskforce nominees, including major developers Bill Votsaris and Cameron Hamilton, publican Cam O’Keefe and real estate director Michael De Stefano.
“Obviously right now there are business challenges,” Mr Votsaris said.
“It’s a good time to tap into some of the experience and knowledge that’s unique to the business community.”
“We saw it as an area where Geelong still had a lot more potential,” Mr Hawkes said.
“Who doesn’t want to have cake to finish the night? And we’re especially focusing on serving nice, fresh cocktails.”
Mr Hawkes said the venue planned to expand to include an outdoor terrace area, which
“From what I understand, there are no decision powers assigned at all. It’s purely that they get some point of views and some ideas that might be things they haven’t thought of.”
Cr Eddy Kontelj, who introduced a motion to establish the taskforce at a June 30 council meeting, welcomed the interest from business leaders.
“It is extremely pleasing to see such a positive and significant response to the call for nominations to join the CBD task force,” he said.
“The fact that nominees are willing to donate their valuable time and advice, is obviously testament to their passion and care for the CBD and its future.” he hoped would be open midspring.
Sweet Cheeks is on level one within the Bar Code venue at 71 Yarra Street. It is open from 5pm Wednesday to Friday, and from noon Saturdays and Sundays. To book, call 5223 2083 or contact Sweet Cheeks via social media.
DELICIOUS: Sweet Cheeks head pastry chef Jen Santos with desserts choc dulce de leche, raspberry cheesecake and Nutella cheesecake.
Applicants include (from left) Bill Votsaris, Cam Hamilton, Cam O’Keefe and Michael De Stefano.