Regional Commission

Scope and content note

The Geelong Regional Commission Collection was donated in large part by Mr Colin Atkins who served as Chairman of the Geelong Regional Commission and on other Geelong authorities for more than twenty five years. Mr Atkins and the council were responsible for the planning and redevelopment of the Geelong Central Business District, the Geelong City foreshore and the surrounding regions.

The scope of these documents may be gauged from the official expression of the role of the Commission to provide for -

(a) the participation of the people of the Geelong region in planning the future development of the region and the nature and limits of such development;

(b) the planning co-ordination, integration and management of and for-

i. development within the Geelong region, ii. the improvement and enhancement of the region and the protection of areas within the region of natural beauty or of special significance to the region,
iii. the provision of services and facilities within the region,

(c) the attraction, promotion development and improvement of industrial, commercial and other business undertakings and employment opportunities in the Geelong region.

The entire collection contains approximately 3200 indexed titles. One third of these are related to town planning research and development in Australia, Britain and the United States from just after the conclusion of World War II through the mid 1990s. This section of the collection, a valuable compilation of ideas and applications for town planning in its own right, provided much background information for the progressive deliberations of the several authorities charged with the development of the Geelong region from 1970 through the mid 1990s.

Almost all of these documents have been donated from Mr Atkins' personal papers and library. Within the collection proper, many of the published reports and documents created by the Geelong authorities are the personal copies of the chairman.

Series list

The collection is divided into five categories:

1. Various other Bodies (1946-2002)
2. The Geelong Regional Planning Authority (1969-79)
3. The Geelong Growth Centre Planning Group (1975-79)
4. The Geelong Regional Commission (1977-89)
5. The City of Greater Geelong (1990-99).

Within each category, items are boxed together by type. A coloured paper marker is used to identify the category each item belongs to:

1. Correspondence (pink)
2. Finances (pink)
3. Illustrations(including brochures, charts/drawings/maps/photographs)(yellow)
4. Meetings (blue)
5. Planning papers (including articles/notes) (yellow)
6. Reports (purple)
7. Scope papers (purple)
8. Studies/surveys (green)
9. Submissions (including proposals) (blue)
10. Varia (including directories, handbooks, instructions, manuals (yellow)

They are then filed according to date, then title. For example, reports released by the Geelong Regional Commission in 1979 and 1980 are labelled in the container series 2.0602 and 2.0603 respectively, and reports released by the Geelong Growth Centre in 1974 and 1975 (Jan.-Feb.) are indexed in the container series 4.0601 and 4.0602 respectively.

Materials of the same TYPE are most often stored within the labelled containers:
(1) to include a single year or a range of years
(2) per QUARTER or HALF of the calendar year where there are many files. For example: reports released by the Geelong Growth Centre in 1974, 1975 (Jan.- Feb.), 1975 (Mar.-Apr.) are indexed in the container series 4.0601, 4.0602 and 4.0603 respectively.