Asphalt Paving Services chosen to pilot the CCF’s Mental Health Positive Plans-Positive Futures Program in Geelong

The Civil Construction Federation, Victoria, CEO John Kilgour has congratulated APS Managing Director Terence Breen for being one of the first businesses to be accepted into the Positive Plans – Positive Futures project, as a founding partner. John commended Terence on his leadership and commitment to creating a mentally healthy workplace for the staff at APS, by expressing interest in joining the project.

CCF received a large number of applications, and selected APS to join a group of leaders that have demonstrated a genuine concern and curiosity to actively participate in their project. As a founding partner, APS will support CCF in the development of a suite of tools that will ultimately result in APS being one of the first civil construction businesses in Victoria to develop a mental health action plan.

APS Managing Director, Terence Breen said he is committing to this project in acknowledgement of the number of males who have lost their lives to suicide in Geelong. “I recently lost a male friend to suicide and my sons mates have lost 3 fathers to suicide, all from the Geelong region. I want to ensure we are doing all we can for our staff and industry to prevent and support our workers mental health and create a healthier, positive workplace”. The Civil Construction industry has high rates of suicide and mental health problems such as suicide being 1.7 x higher than for other male workers, 3 x higher for lower skilled construction workers. The environmental risks are, work instability, limited job control and a highly masculine culture. A 1/3 of all new workcover claims over the next 10 years will be mental health related.



Marketing and Communications Manager - West Carr & Harvey
Strength in the Greater Geelong business community

As some of us tiptoe with tentative optimism into 2021, we can be reassured by the growing confidence within our region that there are better times ahead.

The message that we continue to hear around the region lately is this; that despite everything, there are some real positive outlooks for the Greater Geelong business community. We recently spoke with several Geelong business people to get their perspective.

Read more on West Carr Harvey’s blog

Local Geelong business gains global insights at world’s largest trade fair

In March of 2019, APS Managing Director Terence Breen and his partner Helen Long travelled to Germany to attend one of the world’s largest and probably the most important international trade fair for the construction industry, Bauma 2019.

The trade fair presents a comprehensive international product range on construction and is a hub for international business providing us the opportunity to establish contacts, gather information off construction experts and be informed about state-of-the-art-technology.

We were hosted by Wirtgen on a 5-day road tour starting in Frankfurt to visit their Wirtgen GmbH factory and then onto Heidelberg to visit Voegele factory then onto Stuttgart and ending in Munich to attend the Bauma 2019 Trade Fair.

The most valuable part of the trip was the opportunity for our regional business in City of Greater Geelong to network and travel with other small, medium and large construction businesses and share our challengers and opportunities. We formed new relationships and strengthened existing ones.

By attending Bauma2019 our local business now has a global overview of all innovations, technologies and trends in the construction benefitting our processes and broadening our knowledge.

Kardinia Property welcome new staff member Brenton Ritchi

Brenton Ritchi is an avid footy fan and doesn’t mind getting amongst it on the ground in the local footy league either.
He is a local Geelong lad and although he doesn’t support the Geelong Cats, his enthusiasm to take on a career in real estate along with his past professional experience has earnt him spot on the Kardinia Property team. He has recently purchased his first home so understands exactly how our clients feel when trusting us with the sale of one of their biggest assets. Brenton knows that his old fashion family values along with being mentored by Jackson Wilson will lead him in good stead to safely help families move from A to B in the safest possible way. He is always out and about chatting with people so if you see him make sure you give him an energetic Kardinia Property welcome !

Business & Industry Engagement Officer, Economic Development, City of Greater Geelong - City of Greater Geelong
Economic Development 2018 Review

The City of Greater Geelong Economic Development 2018 Review is now available.

The review outlines the Economic Development team’s activities and achievements across the year, identifying record attendance at Small Business Festival events, and the festival’s sell-out opening night featuring Ita Buttrose, as major highlights.

Click here to read the Economic Development 2018 Review online, and contact the Economic Development team at to find out how the City can support your business.

Head of Community - Localised
2020 Geelong calendar photography competition

Call out to professional and amateur photographers!

The 2020 Geelong calendar photography competition is now open. This year’s competition sees the introduction of four categories:

1. Landscapes
2. Architecture and Urban Spaces
3. Nature
4. Events and People

Thirteen images will be selected to appear in the 2020 City of Greater Geelong Calendar with a photo credit to the winning photographers on the City of Greater Geelong website and through social media.

A shortlist of 24 images will be put to a public vote in September. A local guest Judge (TBC) will select the cover image.

130,000 copies will be distributed from early December.

Entries close Friday 30 August 2019. Find out more:

Head of Community - Localised
New video showcases Geelong as clever and creative city

The City of Greater Geelong’s Economic Development team have produced a new video celebrating Geelong as a clever and creative city offering diverse opportunities for investment and development.

The video highlights the many advantages of investing in Geelong and its bright future as a collaborative, innovative, design-focussed city.