G21 Snapshots - August 2018
  August 2018  
  Geelong Gallery  
City office move could benefit Geelong Cultural Precinct

The City of Greater Geelong’s potential move to a new office building could have huge flow-on benefits for the Geelong Cultural Precinct, a G21 Priority Project.

The move would allow the Geelong Gallery, an intrinsic part of the Cultural Precinct, to expand into City Hall and display its full range of artworks to the community. 

The Geelong Gallery’s economic and cultural renewal is seriously restricted by a lack of adequate space, which limits the display and constrains the storage of the magnificent collection owned by the people of Geelong. 

Expanded facilities would allow the Gallery to host drawcard touring collections, which would provide significant tourism and economic outcomes for the G21 region as part of the Geelong Gallery’s core business.

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Ferry at Geelong terminal    
Ferry good news for Geelong

Residents in Geelong will have another transport option to Melbourne, with the Victorian Government backing a trial ferry service between Geelong and Melbourne.
A state-of-the-art high-speed ferry has been ordered to deliver the new services, which could see travel times between Geelong and Melbourne slashed to less than 90 minutes.

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$1.5 million to protect Corangamite Catchments

The Victorian Government will provide $1.5 million to help Corangamite landholders preserve and improve the region’s waterways.

Projects will implement management plans developed in collaboration with landholders and include pest plant and animal control, fencing, revegetation and, where required, install alternate stock watering infrastructure.

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    Moorabool River
Queenscliff Railway Station 2    
New life for Queenscliff Station

Work is underway to renew the heritage listed Queenscliff Station building, preserving it for future generations and providing a major boost for the historic Bellarine Railway.

This is an important development for one of Victoria’s most significant railway stations – and for the last 40 years part of a tourism drawcard for the Bellarine Peninsula.

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Greater Geelong receives social housing grant

A State Government grant of $200,000 will help the City of Greater Geelong plan for new innovative affordable housing projects to meet an increase in demand.

The growing need for new social housing in the G21 region has been highlighted in the recently released ‘Homelessness in BSW Region’ report, which shows homelessness in the BSW region has been increasing. 

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    Homesless report
ELECTION UPDATE: Liberal Nationals to create new authority to protect the Great Ocean Road

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will create a new Great Ocean Road Authority to manage designated Crown Land along the Great Ocean Road. 

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Lift for Investment and Jobs

Two local businesses celebrate funding success following announcements from the Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT).

Lara defence manufacturer Chemring Australia will expand its state-of-the-art countermeasure and pyrotechnic manufacturing facility in Lara, while local family-owned bakery Routleys is also set for expansion.

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Armstrong Creek West PS Takes Shape

Families in Armstrong Creek are a step closer to having a new primary school with construction commencing on the new Armstrong Creek West Primary School.

The $20.2 million primary school is a key project in G21’s Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area Priority Project, and will provide first-rate education facilities in this growing local community.

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Community-backed solar for MACS Geelong

Residents living in Geelong’s Multicultural Aged Care Centre Services will soon have access to cheaper energy, thanks to a 520-panel solar project.

The government provided $188,000 to Geelong Sustainability Group for the project, with more than $150,000 raised by the local community.

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Orange Door celebrates Barwon opening

The Orange Door Support and Safety Hub in Barwon has celebrated its opening.

As one of Victoria’s first Support and Safety Hubs this is a milestone towards ending family violence and keeping children and families safe and supported.  

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News from the G21 Pillars

The eight G21 Pillars meet on a regular basis to discuss issues and progress regional projects. Click on the boxes for the most recent Pillar activity report.
Arts, Heritage & Culture Education & Training Health &
Sport & Recreation
Economic Development Environment Planning & Services Transport

*LAST CHANCE* Stellar line-up for G21 Forum

G21's 2018 Stakeholder Forum to be held in August has a stellar line-up of speakers designed to cater for a wide range of interests.

ABC TV's Dr Julia Baird will be a key speaker, with presentations from the Premier and Opposition Leader, among many others.

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  RDA BSW Commitee Update  

RDA National Forum

On August 16 & 17, Chair of RDA BSW
Bruce Anson, will meet with RDA members from across Australia for the 2018 RDA National Forum in Canberra.  The theme for this year’s forum is ‘Collaborating and networking to grow regional economies’.

SEGRA 2018

RDA Barwon South West Committee is calling for Expressions of Interest from young leaders working and residing in the Barwon South West region (aged 20 – 35yrs) interested in attending this year’s SEGRA event.

This is a great opportunity for a young leader to explore the key issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia and be part of providing positive sustainable outcomes to ensure future prosperity.

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  Resources & Events  
Victorian Agribusiness Summit 2018Summit portrait
Hosted by the G21 Agribusiness Forum, ‘More Food for Thought’, will showcase the developments in Victoria’s regional agribusiness sector. The Summit promises to deliver an exciting line up of speakers from all sectors of the food production and manufacturing sector.

Dinner: Tues 28 Aug, 6.30-10pm, Clyde Park Winery
Summit: Weds 29 Aug, 8.30am-4pm, Marcus Oldham College

Tickets here

$10 million in grants available for emergency volunteers
Victorian emergency management volunteers can apply for crucial funding for training and equipment to continue their important work and help keep communities safe. The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program is now open, with the Victorian Government allocating $10 million worth of grants available for volunteers across the sector.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available. More

Bells Beach Surfing Recreation Reserve CMP 2015-25

The Bells Beach Surfing Recreation Reserve Coastal Management Plan 2015-2025 (CMP) guides long-term vision and management. The Surf Coast Shire is currently seeking your views to update the CMP.

Complete the Bells Beach Pop Up Survey 

The survey will take around 10mins to complete. Closes 5pm, 19 Aug 2018.


Media articles of interest

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

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G21 Membership

G21 Membership is open to businesses, organisations and government bodies associated with the G21 region. 
For details regarding eligibility,
annual fees or an application form,

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The G21 Board welcomes

Advance Homes

Jacqueline Pierce and Associates

as G21 members.


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