Local government is the arm of government closest to the people.

Council provides almost 100 different services to our community and the face-to-face contact we gain gives us a deep understanding of our community and its needs.

Acting alone, there are limits to what Council can achieve within our legislative and budgetary capabilities; therefore working in partnership with other groups and other levels of government is fundamental.

Council is a strong advocate for our community and regularly lobbies the state and federal governments for funding for important programs and projects.

Further, we forge partnerships with other agencies and other councils to make our advocacy efforts on behalf of the community more coordinated, strategic and effective.

Projects and programs of regional significance are often championed by G21, a regional lobby group of councils comprising the city of Greater Geelong and the shires of Colac Otway, Surf Coast, Queenscliffe and Golden Plains.

At the April 2022 Meeting Council endorsed the Advocacy Framework and Advocacy Priorities. To view the document in full please click on the following link: Colac-Otway-Shire-Advocacy-Framework-and-Advocacy-Priorities-Adopted-27-April-2022.pdf(PDF, 893KB)