Humans in Geelong vlogs.

Humans in Geelong team members @kimelisecooper and @thejessemalthouse are producing volgs (video blogs) to help inspire, connect and strengthen our community. You can catch up with these two amazing stars at our Humans in Geelong Expo 2019 on Sun 6 Oct 10-3pm Deakin Waterfront. Kim is our MC and Jesse will be delivering an inspiring talk, the time of which will be confirmed on our website. Both will also be at the Humans in Geelong Book Launch, where Kim will be the MC and singing. Thanks for following Humans in Geelong and sharing our stories!

Geelong Design Week 2020.

Geelong Design Week will be held from 19-29 March 2020. Humans in Geelong pride ourselves on being creative and doing things differently. We’ll be putting in a submission to participate, will you?

“The inaugural theme for Geelong Design Week 2020 is ‘doing it differently’. We are all designers in our own way. Each of us has an intrinsic design connection that gives structure to how we live, work, learn and play. In March 2020, Geelong Design Week will explore new ideas, challenge what is possible and showcase our design achievements. Geelong is an evolving, dynamic city with a deep sense of place and a strong industrial past. We embrace change to build a clever and creative future.” We hear from Nerilee Jones of the City of Greater Geelong.

Geelong Design Week 2020

“Applications are now open at and will close on September 30 so there’s plenty of time to get your submission in. I encourage you to talk about Geelong Design Week with your friends, work colleagues and wider community networks. We invite you to work with us in building a quality program that is representative of the amazing talent and stories to share in the Geelong community.”

Geelong Mayor added in a post on Aug 15, “It is a chance to showcase why we are Australia’s only UNESCO city of design.”

Story: Jacqui Bennett. Photo: supplied


Vote for Brandon Dellow.

Amazing Humans in Geelong team member Brandon Dellow is one of only a couple of Geelong’s representatives in the running to receive $10,000 for his cause but he needs our VOTES! It’s easy, just leave your name and email at

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Brandon is a caring, giving member of the Geelong community. He’s an advocate for mental health, cultural diversity, equal opportunities, Human Rights, education, homelessness, the community and Type 1 Diabetes having lived experience. Working in a secondary school, as well as a Youth Activities Officer for the local council, he is also studying Secondary Education and aims to teach English in the Middle East.

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Humans in Geelong Book Launch.

This brightly-coloured aircraft hangar at Armstrong Mount Duneed is coming to life early in September when we hold our Humans in Geelong Book Launch there. It’ll be showcased to and warmed by hundreds of the changemakers in our community at this exciting event. Entertainment on the night will be provided by Kim Cooper. We’ll hear from The Mayor of Geelong and Ange Liston-Mccaughley of The Type1 Foundation. Villawood Properties are proud to offer this space free of charge to community groups like ours.

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“It can work as a regular meeting place for groups looking for a home, as a pop-up venue for meetings, exhibitions, installations, Book Launches – all sorts of things. We’re not using The Hangar at the moment and we’d love to see it being utilised by the community,” offers Rory Costelloe, Executive Director of Villawood.

“Villawood is always conscious of community groups and their needs, especially smaller, fledging groups in new areas like Armstrong.”

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Shila Rahmani.

“God controls someone’s death, and controls someone’s living. I was not expecting it to be that bad. He was the love of my life, my partner, my everything.” Shila Rahmani came to Australia with two of her children in February of 2013, and has called Geelong home for just over 6 years.

Shila by Brandon Dellow

“I was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. At the age of 13, I was married to my husband. When we married, we fled to Iran and lived there for 21 years. It was hard for my children to be educated because we were Afghans living in Iran. Everything was getting hard. To send my children to school, I had to pay double just because they were Afghans. If you were a refugee in Iran, you could not own anything, not even a bike for my children. The bike had to be registered to an Iranian person, not an Afghan.

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The Farm Next Door, Lachie and Joel.

“The Farm Next Door – affordable access to local, organic fresh produce for local people. But it’s not just about the food, it’s also about the like-minded community that we’ve built.” We hear from one of the founders, Lachie Chomley.

Farm Next Door Lachie and Joel

“We’re all concerned about Climate Change, inequality and the limited access to fresh healthy food in this area. The Farm Next Door is in Forster St. Norlane 3214 and the grocers across the road, in Labuan Square, offer a limited amount of fresh food.

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Geelong Youth Awards 2019.

We were blown away by the calibre of the nominees at the City of Greater Geelong’s Youth Awards 2019. Congratulations to all involved. Two Humans in Geelong team members were among those nominated. Come and meet Steph and Jesse at the Humans in Geelong Expo on Sun 6 Oct 10-3pm Deakin Waterfront. Jesse Malthouse will be speaking, time TBC. Updates to the program on our website.

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Stephanie Downing’s nomination: Knowledge and creativity are powerful tools, that can be used to do great good in the community. This is something that Stephanie Downing embodies in her life and in what she hopes to share with others. She’s a talented local writer based in Geelong who studied Creative Writing at Deakin University. Stephanie is passionate about using her skills in writing to spread messages of positivity, mental health and fostering a creative community.

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