They say in Geelong that you are only ever two degrees of separation from knowing someone. Our community is tightly connected and our networks are intricate. Found at the heart of many networks, the subject of sentimental stories is GMHBA Stadium.
GMHBA Stadium is more than just a sports venue. The community of Geelong holds it dear and there is no question it is a vital part of our social, economic and cultural make up.
This is reflected in the Kardinia Park Act determining why the Trust exists and what we are to achieve … to contribute to the economy, community and liveability of the Geelong region and the State (Kardinia Park Act 2016).
In achieving our vision to be recognised as Australia’s best regional Stadium, we are committed to working in partnership with our local and regional community.
We believe in community partnerships that strengthen both organisations and by engaging our community we can be responsive to community voices. The community can inform future choices of the Stadium and influence strategic direction.
Breaking down the barriers to community inclusion at the Stadium is Kirsten Blake, the newly appointed Community Engagement Coordinator. Kirsten’s enthusiasm for stakeholder engagement and community partnerships exudes.
“I want to hear the stories of our community, listen to their priorities and give back to all the people and groups who support us.”
“The Trust has many existing relationships with our stakeholders and we get the chance to talk often. I’m excited to progress these partnerships and see more outcomes for our community.”
“I’m also looking forward to making new connections. As a team, we are working hard to re-invigorate the Stadium calendar of events and have a range of community activities, engagement opportunities and projects.”
“I believe it’s a wonderful time for the precinct and the community!”