G21 Snapshots - June 2016
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  June 2016  



As an important member of the broader G21 family, each month we will keep you informed of the key projects and activities of the G21 Alliance. G21 is the formal alliance of government, business and community organisations, working together to improve people's lives in the G21 region.

G21 founding partner in climate change pledge 
Regional rail plan revamp 
Federal election on our door step 
Malop Street Green Spine 
Johnstone Park Master Plan 
Golden Plains water pipeline officially opened 
Rowena Allen shines at G21 HWB Partner Forum 
Geelong’s new arrivals cook up welcome feast 
The case for revitalising the Point Grey precinct 
City’s three new administrators sworn in 
Birregurra’s small town transformation 
What Will the Public Sector Look Like in Ten Years? 
Boost for Lorne Hospital to help Wye River fire recovery 
New Geelong Hospital ward to open a year after being built 

Items of regional interest 
Latest news from the G21 Pillars
Media articles of interest to the G21 region
G21 Membership


G21 founding partner in climate change pledge

Take2 PledgeVictoria will lead the nation on climate change by legislating ambitious targets and introducing a pledge system to bring government, business and the community together to achieve the collective goal.

The State Government has set a series of five year interim targets with the goal of achieving the overall target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The targets are recommendations of the 2015 Independent Review of the Climate Change Act 2010

In response to the review, the State Government will enshrine the net zero emissions reduction target in legislation while also making climate change a consideration across government decision making, policies and programs.

G21 strongly supports this stance, and is a founding partner in the TAKE2 collective pledge initiative which encourages individuals and organisations to take action on climate change to help Victoria reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The pledge program gives businesses and organisations already taking significant action on climate change the opportunity to showcase and build upon their work to-date, while inspiring and enabling others to make their own contributions to emissions reductions.

The G21 Environment Pillar has already worked significantly to build our region's capacity to manage the risks and build community resilience to extreme climate events through its Climate Resilient Communities program, and will continue to work collaboratively on climate change projects to help achieve these targets.

Regional rail plan revamp

The State Government has released its first ever long-term strategy for public transport in regional Victoria.

Connecting Regional Victoria sets out short, medium and long-term plans for more trains, improved stations and better bus and coach services, to transport people quickly, reliably and safely in regional Victoria.

It moves towards a more coordinated public transport network where trains, buses and coaches all work together to get people where they need to go.

In the G21 region, the plan adds a daily off-peak return service from Melbourne to Geelong and a train every 40 minutes to Waurn Ponds from 7am to 7pm on weekends.

There will also be an additional return service between Melbourne and Warrnambool every Sunday and a fourth return service between Geelong and Warrnambool on weekdays. G21 has long lobbied for these  rail service improvements, which are key elements of the Regional Rail Connections Priority Project.

The plan incorporates the initiatives devised in the G21 Region Public Transport Strategy and outlines the series of infrastructure and rolling stock improvements required to deliver these services, including track upgrades, better signalling and new trains and stabling. 

Federal election on our door step

There are less than three weeks to the July 2 election, and we are hoping for some positive news in these final weeks of campaigning.

The G21 region has 11 priority projects across the region identified as needing federal funding. Five funding commitments have been made against these projects so far:


  • $5 million to Anam Cara’s community hospice in Armstrong Creek (matched)
  • Commitment of $300K in the ‘Victorian Infrastructure Package’ for planning Midland Hwy duplication from Bannockburn to Geelong.


  • $5 million to Anam Cara’s community hospice in Armstrong Creek (matched)
  • $2 million towards the GROW project
  • $1 million to plan for the duplication of the rail line between Waurn Ponds and South Geelong.

We continue to target politicians on all of G21’s social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, and we urge you to support our campaign. ‘Like’, ‘share’ and forward our social media messages.

A tally sheet of major party commitments against identified G21 priority projects is also available on the G21 website and will be updated as new commitments are made.

Malop Street Green Spine

Conceptual imageThe Green Spine project will transform Malop Street into a vibrant street and linear park, connecting from Johnstone Park to Eastern Park.

A plan for the first stages of the Green Spine, between Gheringhap and Yarra Street, will deliver more trees and green spaces to the heart of the city, transforming it into an attractive and inviting place.

With a continuous canopy of trees and a series of different alfresco, seating and gathering spaces, the length of Malop Street will be linked by a network of paths.

The plan also makes the street safer, more accessible and user friendly for bikes. A two-way separated bike lane is proposed, beside parkland on the south side of the street.

The Green Spine project was identified in the City in a Park concept, and also contributes to the implementation of the Central Geelong Action Plan, a G21 priority under its Central Geelong Revitalisation project by creating an integrated, attractive and well-designed pedestrian and cycling network.

Stage one has been funded through Regional Development Victoria and the City of Greater Geelong. Funding is required to complete stage two, between Gheringhap and Yarra Streets.

Johnstone Park Master Plan

Closely linked with the Green Spine project is the development of a master plan for Johnstone Park that will guide future development and improvements.

As the most significant park within Central Geelong, Johnstone Park will have an increasingly important role in supporting the CBD’s growing residential and working population.

The master plan aims to:

  • improve the connectivity and integration between Johnstone Park and the Malop Street Green Spine project (above)
  • improve the connections between the Central Geelong train station and Johnstone Park
  • improve the quality of the park edges to enhance the sense of arrival to Geelong from Mercer Street and Gordon Avenue
  • enhance the recreational and social value of the park and
  • incorporate Integrated Water Cycle Management practices into the park

A draft master plan will be released for public consultation by September 2016.

Golden Plains water pipeline officially opened

About 700 new local farming jobs are a step closer after completion of a pipeline to a developing food production precinct in Golden Plains.

The 18km pipeline is stage one of the $11.8 million Golden Plains Food Production Precinct, a G21 Economic Development Pillar Project.

The agricultural land, strategically located between Geelong and Ballarat, provides a reliable supply of water that will transform 4,000 hectares of farmland into the region’s largest food production precinct.

Agriculture is Golden Plains Shire’s largest industry sector, making up 26% of the local workforce. Local farmers contribute significantly to Victoria’s primary produce supply, producing 4 million eggs, 600,000 chickens, 1,000 pigs and 28,000 litres of goat milk each week.

The new pipeline will pump town water into the precinct, providing a reliable source of water that will enable investment and expansion of intensive agriculture, injecting around $160 million into the local economy over 10 years.

Stage two of the project, which includes the installation of $3.4 million of Barwon Water infrastructure, will be triggered by demand.

Rowena Allen shines at G21 HWB Partner Forum

HWB ForumVictoria’s first Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality Rowena Allen gave a riveting keynote address on ‘Inclusive Practice: an equal experience for all’ at the recent G21 Health & Wellbeing Partner Forum.

Drawing on personal experience, and foreshadowing future government initiatives, Rowena illustrated the importance of inclusive practice in the workplace.

Rowena has been a member of three Victorian Government LGBTI ministerial advisory groups and chaired the ministerial advisory committee on LGBTI Health and Wellbeing between 2007 and 2009.

As founding CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge, Rowena established Victoria’s first rural support group for young LGBTI people, giving her a particular understanding of the issues faced in rural and regional areas.

Other speakers highlighted the importance of inclusiveness for their sectors. These included:

Photos from the event are here.

Geelong’s new arrivals cook up welcome feast

Jamie's Ministry of Food participantA group of amateur cooks from Geelong’s newly arrived communities have acquired home cooking skills and experience thanks to the G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar.

The twelve cooking enthusiasts recently completed a course at Jamie’s Ministry of Food Geelong, where they had access to practical kitchen hints and tips and nutritional education that will empower them to make better eating decisions.

The course has been a valuable opportunity for 12 new arrivals from the Karen, Karenni and Iraqi communities to meet new people in a welcoming environment.

Social inclusion plays a large part in a person’s ability to adapt to life in Australia, which is so important for those who have recently arrived under refugee status.

It helps to build a sense of belonging and community connectedness, which has a range of benefits on mental health and wellbeing.

The class was arranged by Diversitat to help clients to learn new skills and develop community connections.

The case for revitalising the Point Grey precinct

Point Grey PrecinctThe State Government is providing $40,000 to produce a business case for the redevelopment of the picturesque Point Grey Precinct in Lorne to boost the area’s tourism appeal.

Situated at Lorne’s southern entry point, the Point Grey Precinct is a significant social, environmental and economic asset, but its buildings, and park spaces are ageing and in need of revitalisation. Redevelopment of the precinct is a G21 Economic Development Pillar Project.

The $90,000 project, which includes a $50,000 allocation from The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC), will deliver a business case for redeveloping the Precinct, including a cost benefit analysis and an outline of the potential economic and social benefits.

GORCC has worked closely with the Lorne and Surf Coast community to develop plans for the precinct upgrade to-date, and proposes a $6 million redevelopment that creates new open spaces, a maritime square, heritage interpretation and improved access.

This project will be further supported by GORCC’s development of the adjacent Queen’s Park caravan park.

City’s three new administrators sworn in

Three new administrators – Dr Kathy Alexander (Chair), Peter Dorling and Laurinda Gardner – have been sworn in to fill the roles of Mayor and Councillors until the City’s next scheduled election in October 2017.
The council was dismissed following a three-month investigation by an independent Commission of Inquiry into its governance, administration and culture.
The administrators will now work to implement the full range of recommendations made by the Commission of Inquiry into Greater Geelong City Council that are required to remedy longstanding cultural, governance and structural problems.

Birregurra’s small town transformation

Creativity is set to make a big impact on Birregurra after it received $350,000 to undertake an ambitious two-year project that will transform its community.
Birregurra’ was one of six towns selected by Regional Arts Victoria for their pitch enLIGHTen Me: I Have a Hall in my Heart, which will turn Birregurra’s idle Mechanics Institute Hall into a thriving arts and cultural asset.
As well as these renovations, Sydney projection artist Craig Walsh and Melbourne theatre maker Gorkem Arcaroglu have been commissioned to create a final arts piece to be unveiled in a weekend of public celebration in 2018.
Small Town Transformations supports impactful artistic projects that are connected to community and place, for and by small Victorian towns with fewer than 2,000 people.

Geelong - What Will the Public Sector Look Like in Ten Years?

The head of the Victorian Public Service Chris Eccles, Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet describes the transformation that must happen in the Victorian public sector in the next ten years. What changes will our sector have to make to survive and thrive as technology disrupts traditional business models, the digital revolution changes workplaces and citizen demand for service grows and economic forces constrain budgets.
Chris Eccles will be joined by Claire Amies, CEO of Worksafe & Joe Calafiore the CEO of the Transport Accident Commission who will all share their views on what transformation is required by the public sector, with a regional focus.
Click here for more information.

Boost for Lorne Hospital to help Wye River fire recovery

The State Government has announced a $70,000 boost for the Lorne Community Hospital to help improve counselling and support services for people affected by the Christmas Day fire.
It will also help the hospital identify individuals and groups of people who require more intensive, or specialised support, so that they can then be referred to other, more appropriate health services.
The funding support builds on other health and wellbeing support services already being provided to the community including:

  • $250,000 to Colac Otway Shire to employ two dedicated community recovery staff members (via the Victorian Natural Disaster Trust Account)
  • $166,680 in personal hardship assistance payments has been made available to assist those experiencing financial hardship
  • Funding for community recovery sessions facilitated by clinical psychologists with extensive experience in working with people affected by fire and other disasters.

This grant is additional to the State Government’s $2.75 million assistance package announced in January and the $190,000 announced in May for the CFA and Wye River Surf Life Saving Club building and equipment upgrades.

New Geelong Hospital ward to open

University Hospital will open up beds on Baxter Ward 7 to meet extra demand for winter thanks to a record funding boost.

As part of the State Budget, Barwon Health will have the funding it needs to start opening a new 32 bed ward on level seven of the Barwon Wing from July, which will increase the capacity of the hospital.

Initially, this will cater for acute patients to meet an expected increase in demand over winter, before being transformed into palliative care beds from November.

The Budget also delivered a further $1.4 million boost for Barwon Health to immediately open 10 beds.


Items of regional interest 

Doing Business in Defence Workshop
The Victorian Defence Procurement Office (VDPO) will be conducting a number of regional half-day workshops designed to assist those looking to enter or grow their presence in the Defence sector. Participants will gain essential insights into how they can become more successful business winners in this very unique and challenging industry. Wednesday 22 June, 9am-2.30pm, Deakin University Waterfront Campus (Western Beach room)

Regional Commuting Research Survey
RMIT University’s Centre for Urban Research is undertaking research into changing commuter trends for people travelling from regional Victoria to Melbourne for work. The survey is for anyone who currently commutes or has commuted to work in Melbourne (not just the CBD) from regional Victoria and only takes about 5 minutes to complete.

Point Henry 575 Shared Vision
Created in consultation with the local community and key stakeholders, Point Henry 575 Shared Vision will help inform the development of the Point Henry 575 Master Plan. The Vision identifies five themes that the community regards as important for Alcoa to consider in preparing the Point Henry 575 Master Plan.

Tastes of Central Geelong is on!
Indulge your senses at this 24-day festival of food, flavours and fun! You can sample gourmet food and drink, learn tricks of the trade from local chefs, wine and dine and participate in food themed events. With hundreds of activities on offer, it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned foodie or a new found food lover, young or young at heart, there’s something for everyone.

Jobs Fair: grab your FREE booth now!
Are you looking for new people to join your organisation? The 2016 Jobs Fair is a free expo for local employers to showcase their job opportunities, meet jobseekers and talk to people looking for a career change. If you are a small business and unable to commit to a full day, targeted ‘precincts’ are available to book a table for a specific time during the day. Monday 25 July, 10am-4pm. Geelong Arena, 110 Victoria St, North Geelong.

Victorian Agribusiness Summit - 23-24 June
Officially opened by Minster for Agriculture and Regional Development, the Hon Jaala Pulford MP, this year's Forum looks at 'Agritourism - Opening the Farmgate' and includes sessions on:

  • Skills for successful agritourism
  • Agritourism, the way of the future for many farmers
  • Making your farm a destination.

23-24 June, RACV Country Club, Healesville.

Latest news from the G21 Pillars

Each of the eight G21 Pillars meets on a regular basis to discuss regional issues and progress regional projects. Click on the below links for the most recent Pillar activity report.

G21 Arts & Culture Pillar 
G21 Economic Development Pillar 
G21 Education & Training Pillar 
G21 Environment Pillar 
G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar 
G21 Planning & Services Pillar 
G21 Sport & Recreation Pillar 
G21 Transport Pillar 

Click here to view the full list of G21 Pillar Projects

Media articles of interest to the G21 region

G21 tracks articles within the region that discuss G21 and the region’s Priority Projects.

Click here to view G21's Articles of Interest Apr - May 2016.

G21 Membership

This month the G21 Board welcomes the following new member to G21 - Geelong Region Alliance:

Echidna Walkabout

Membership of G21 is open to eligible businesses, organisations and government bodies associated with the G21 region.  Details about eligibility for membership, annual fees and an application form may be viewed by clicking here.

This email has been designed to provide you, a valued member of the broader G21 Family, with a snapshot of the key projects and activities of the G21 Alliance over the past month. You have been included in the distribution list of this G21 Snapshots email, because you have an important role in improving people’s lives in the G21 region as a Federal or State parliamentarian, Councillor, Regional Management Forum member, senior manager with regional Councils, senior manager with Regional Development Victoria, G21 Member, G21 Pillar participant, G21 Board member or member of the media (a list of over 700 individuals or organisations). If there are other people in your organisation or network that you think should be aware of this email please feel free to pass it on to them.

If you want further information or wish to bring something to our attention, please contact either of us at the numbers or addresses given below or refer to the G21 website at www.G21.com.au.
Bill Mithen

Bill Mithen
G21 Chairperson
Elaine Carbines

Elaine Carbines
Chief Executive Officer
0437 202 300


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