G21 Snapshots newsletter - November
  November 2015
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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.

Team Sentinel selects Geelong to home Land 400 bid
PM frees up $1.5 billion of East West Link cash
New pop up space installed on Malop Street
Jobs and tourism take off from Avalon Airport
Geelong Authority to boost investment and drive jobs
Geelong’s new library coming soon
G21 Director Bill Mithen recognised as community leader
Giving our Geelong schools and kids the support they deserve
$1 Million boost for training and skills in Geelong
Pilot will build disability confidence of small businesses
Geelong IT Invention Test winners focus on medical applications
Bells plans ready for Ministerial approval
Inaugural Board takes helm at Infrastructure Victoria

RDA BSW Committee update
Items of regional interest
Key Economic Indicators released
Media articles of interest to the G21 region
Welcome to new members


LAND 400Team Sentinel selects Geelong to home Land 400 bid
Team Sentinel has formally announced it will establish operations in Geelong if it wins the Land 400 military vehicle manufacturing contract. The Land 400 project is a G21 Priority Project.
Led by Elbit Systems Australia, Team Sentinel has lodged its bid with the Department of Defence and has announced its plan to base their systems integration and turret manufacturing facilities of 225 vehicles in Geelong. It is one of four consortiums bidding for the multi-billion dollar project.
The bid would deliver major benefits to Geelong’s economy. It comprises more than 60 per cent confirmed Australian local content, which is an important priority for the federal government and increases opportunities for regional businesses and the extended supply chain.
Team Sentinel modelling shows there will be around 300 jobs (direct and indirect) created locally with a total of around 500 (direct and indirect) jobs created across Victoria.
A decision will be made in March 2016 on whether Team Sentinel is selected to proceed to the next phase of the process and provide three vehicles for a Commonwealth vehicle trial.

PM frees up $1.5 billion of East West Link cash
Congestion on WestgatePrime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has unlocked the $1.5 billion that was set aside for East West Link, re-directing it to other Victorian transport projects.
The concession, detailed in a letter to State Treasurer Tim Pallas, means Victoria could channel the money into Transurban's Western Distributor proposal, which will build a tunnel and elevated motorway connecting the West Gate Freeway with the Port, CityLink and the city.
Reducing traffic blockages around the West Gate Bridge will ease congestion and improve reliability along the Princes Highway to Melbourne for commuters from the G21 region, a G21 Priority Project.
The Western Distributor would generate 3,500 construction jobs, cost $5-5.5 billion and have a cost benefit ratio of 1.6. It incorporates the delivery of three key sections; the Western Distributor, West Gate Freeway widening and Webb Dock access improvements, which together, would help wipe around 15 minutes off trips to Melbourne from the G21 region.

Currently, the State Government is assessing the Western Distributor to determine whether the project meets the government’s transport objectives and provides value for Victoria (stage three of the State Government’s market-led proposals guideline).
A decision on whether the proposal should proceed to the next stage of assessment is expected at the end of 2015.
New pop up space installed on Malop Street

Malop StA funky pop up urban space has been set up on Malop Street, between Moorabool and Yarra, creating a colourful and inviting place for people to spend time.
With pocket parklets, potted trees, beach chairs, outdoor tables and seating creating additional al fresco areas, the temporary installation aims to activate the space, provide better opportunities for al fresco dining and demonstrate the City in a Park initiative.

The project will create a green spine along Malop Street, which contributes to the Greening Central Geelong initiative, a G21 priority under its Central Geelong Revitalisation project.
Installation of the pop up space, an initiative of the Central Geelong Task Force, will remain in place until the end of summer.
Jobs and tourism take off from Avalon Airport
Jetstar’s inaugural flight from Avalon Airport to the Gold Coast has taken place less than six months after committing to the airport for at least 10 years. Securing the future of Avalon Airport is a G21 Priority Project.
The new Avalon-Gold Coast daily flight will help boost tourism and jobs in the region. The service is the result of an agreement signed between the State Government and Jetstar earlier this year that secures operations at Avalon Airport for the next ten years, expands passenger services and saves up to 200 jobs.
One-third of all arrivals in to Avalon are tourists and the new daily flights are expected to carry an additional 65,000 passengers a year arriving at Avalon Airport from Gold Coast.
It will also provide another option for inbound visitors from South East Queensland, particularly those looking to explore the G21 region and the Great Ocean Road.
Geelong Authority to boost investment and drive jobs
The work of the Geelong Authority has officially kick-started to help drive investment in Geelong’s CBD.
The State Government has identified a number of projects that will keep them busy, including:
  • the location of a Geelong Convention Centre (a G21 Priority Project)
  • the location of WorkCover’s head office
  • development across Point Henry and the salt fields
  • implementing Vision 2 objectives (a G21 Priority Project under Central Geelong Revitalisation)
  • creating a wider variety of accommodation in the city centre (tourist and permanent).
The Authority will streamline major planning opportunities, drive greater investment and improve Geelong’s streetscapes and open spaces. They will also work closely with the Central Geelong Task Force to identify ways to revitalise Geelong’s city centre.
The State Government has committed $500,000 to establish the Geelong Authority and $3 million for on the ground projects, which includes $1 million for sustainability works in central Geelong.
Geelong’s new library coming soon
libraryThe Geelong community is set to benefit from the spectacular new $45.5 million Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, on track to open on November 21.
Featuring an impressive dome design, the building is quite a landmark on the Geelong landscape. It has nine levels, is 5 star environmentally sustainable and will house up to 100,000 collection items.
The centre sits in the heart of Geelong’s Cultural Precinct alongside the Geelong Gallery, the Geelong Performing Arts Centre and the former Courthouse building.
The redevelopment of the library, and other projects in the precinct, form the G21 Geelong Future Cities Priority Project.
The centre is being built thanks to $15 million contributed by the Victorian Government, $10 million from the Federal Government and $20.5 million from the City of Greater Geelong.
G21 Director Bill Mithen recognised as community leader

Bill MIthenCongratulations to G21 Director Bill Mithen, who was celebrated at the 2015 Regional Achievement and Community Awards. The awards reward the valuable contributions that individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural Victoria.
He was awarded the Leadership and Innovation Award, which recognises a person who shines the spotlight on those who have overcome significant difficulty, adversity or hardship to achieve excellent outcomes and raise pride in their community and our state.
Bill is Chief Executive Officer of the Give where you Live Foundation (GWYL), which provides grants to community organisations working to alleviate disadvantage in the Geelong region.
He is a G21 Board Director, and has also been instrumental in the success of G21 / GWYL's innovative GROW project, which aims to reduce areas of persistent disadvantage in communities in the G21 region by reducing unemployment rates in those areas.
Giving our Geelong schools and kids the support they deserve
Schools and students in Geelong have shared in almost $2 million of extra funding in 2016 with students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds to benefit from the largest-ever increase in needs-based funding for Victorian government schools.
A new model for allocating the funding will use parents’ education levels, the concentration of disadvantage in a school, and parental occupation, to target funds to where they are needed most.
Under this new model, the highest-need students are those attending the most disadvantaged schools, and whose parents have not completed Year 12 and are unemployed or in a low-skilled occupation.
The aim is to break the link between a child’s social and economic background and how well they do at school. The ultimate goal is to significantly reduce the number of kids who drop out of school and training every year.
This funding is in addition to over $30 million worth of upgrades and rebuilds in schools across the G21 region in the State Budget, which included $5 million for Whittington Primary and $12 million at Geelong High.
Click here to see a summary of additional equity funding in Geelong.
Click here to see how much your local school has received in funding.
$1 Million boost for training and skills in Geelong
The Gordon has received $1 million to run two Skills and Jobs Centres that aim to boost employment outcomes for students by creating strong industry links between students and employers.
The Gordon will run two centres, one at the State Government Building on Little Malop Street and a satellite centre in Werribee.
The two hubs will be the first point-of-call for students looking to start training, workers needing to reskill, unemployed workers needing support for retraining and work placement and for employers.
These centres will help link jobseekers and employers to ensure they’re engaged in quality training that’ll lead to a job at the end of their course.
The Gordon will set up a pop-up Skills and Jobs Centre at Westfield Geelong before the opening of the permanent centre in February next year. The Werribee satellite centre will open in December.
Pilot will build disability confidence of small businesses
The Diversity Field Officer Service is a new pilot program in Geelong designed to provide practical assistance to Geelong businesses to build their disability confidence.  
The twelve month pilot, led by the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations and Deakin University, is a no cost service that will work one-on-one with businesses to allow them to become more confident to:
  • retain employees who may acquire a disability (or may already have a disability that is not visible or disclosed) so that skilled talent is not lost
  • tap into a broader talent pool when making recruiting decisions
  • become more welcoming of the 1 in 5 Australians who have a disability who may be customers, stakeholders, referrals who all form a potentially untapped market.
The Diversity Field Officers will work one-to-one with small businesses to undertake an individual business review, provide the business with accurate information on employing people with disability and develop a customised plan to improve accessibility and establish the right connections to carry out its plan after the contact with the Diversity Field Officer ends. 
If you are part of a business that is open to exploring the potential of a more diversified workforce, contact Jessica Zammit, Project Manager, Diversity Field Officer Service on 0422 153 530.
Geelong IT Invention Test winners focus on medical applications
Alberto Rizzoli from Aipoly has won the IT Invention Test, for developing an application that uses artificial intelligence to identify and narrate the viewpoint of a smartphone’s camera so that the blind can navigate independently.
Aipoly, based in Melbourne, is the first company in the world to fully automate smartphone real-time all-object identification. This great video shows the application in action.
ICT Geelong chairman, Nick Stanley, presented Mr Rizzoli with a $10,000 cash award and other prizes.

The winning Geelong app came from CNSDOse, who created a cloud based medication guidance system to enable doctors and patients to reduce trial and error in the prescribing of anti-depressants. It was developed by Dr Ajeet Singh who was awarded $5000 cash among a number of other prizes.
Bells plans ready for Ministerial approval
The Surf Coast Shire has adopted two new plans for the future management of the Bells Beach Surfing Recreation Reserve that aim to preserve the reserve’s natural and cultural significance.
As Bells is coastal crown land, the plans will now be submitted for final approval by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water.
Extensive community input helped shape the final plans, with the Bells Beach Task Force actively engaging with local surfers, indigenous elders, environmentalists and others over the past 18 months.
The plans focus on preserving the natural environment and cultural significance of the reserve.
Overall, the management actions and policies articulated in the 10-year coastal management plan, and its associated three-year implementation plan, reflect the community’s strong desire to ‘keep Bells as it is’ by protecting and respecting what’s special.
The Bells Beach Task Force has been critical to this outcome; by developing a community-based vision for the reserve and for in September 2014, followed by its vital role in both plans’ development over the past 12 months.
Inaugural Board takes helm at Infrastructure Victoria
The State Government has announced the make-up of the board of Infrastructure Victoria, the independent body which will remove the politics from infrastructure planning.
Infrastructure expert Jim Miller has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of Infrastructure Victoria. Mr Miller has extensive experience in the infrastructure sector, having worked in the areas of regulated assets, transport, energy, utilities and resources and social infrastructure. He is currently the Deputy Chair of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.
He will be joined by Maria Wilton, Professor Margaret Gardner, Ann Sherry and the Secretaries of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The new independent body will ensure that Victoria’s immediate and long-term infrastructure needs are identified and prioritised based on objective, transparent analysis and evidence.
Infrastructure Victoria will be required to publicly release a 30-year Infrastructure Strategy detailing short, medium and long-term needs and priorities. The Government will be required to develop a five-year Infrastructure Plan outlining its priority projects and funding commitments, and Infrastructure Victoria will assess the Government’s progress against this plan.


Regional Development Australia Barwon South West (RDA BSW) Committee update

RDA Barwon South West delighted to sponsor GovHack Geelong 2015
GovHack is a national open data competition and hackathon, bringing people together to innovate, collaborate and apply their creative skills to open government data.  
Deakin Geelong participated in GovHack this year for the first time. The event was a huge success and was the largest in GovHack's five year history.
A key highlight of the weekend was the very strong and positive engagement between the Geelong developer community and the @GovHackGeelong Twitter profile and Facebook page. 
The hackathon resulted in 10 finished projects, three of which the City of Greater Geelong have identified for possible development. Opportunities to further grow GovHack Geelong include:

  • engaging further with secondary schools in the region to engage senior high school students
  • a marketing and communications plan to extend the reach and participation of the event

The event would not have been possible without sponsorship from Regional Development Australia Barwon South West, City of Greater Geelong, Deakin University, StartupCloud, Transport Accident Commission, Duxtel, Geelong Connected Communities and Data Vic.
For more information, on this event please visit https://www.govhack.org/geelong2015/ or contact the RDA regional office on 03 5215 6000.

Click here to visit the RDA Committee website
Click here to follow RDA Committee on Twitter

Items of regional interest

Heroes are not born; heroes are trained
Research shows that people can prepare for heroic action through deliberate training and practice. Hero Town Geelong is hosting a series of events tot support everyday people to become everyday heroes, by building social awareness, courage and compassion. Events include:

  • a Hero Round Table featuring keynote speaker, world-renowned psychologist, Dr Philip Zimbardo
  • Heroic Imagination Project training, which aims to combat the bystander effect and develop growth mindset
  • a series of TEDx conferences showcasing heroes.

Multi Purpose Taxi Program Review
The Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) is critical to ensuring our transport system is accessible to all. The State Government is reviewing the program and considering how to improve transport for people with limited mobility. Anyone with an interest in the MPTP or improving transport for mobility limited Victorians is encouraged to participate in this consultation. This includes MPTP users, carers, disability advocacy groups, and the taxi and hire car industry.
Click here for workshop times or to complete an online survey
Act on Climate Change Festival
Between 20-23 November, Geelong is hosting a community festival to empower people with ways they can act on climate change. The event showcases positive solutions that encourage our community to Act on Climate and to build a better, safer, future for all. Opening night features keynote speeches from prominent experts in the fields of climate change, renewable energy, and economics, followed by a discussion panel with keynote speakers and local climate change representatives.
Australia’s Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road features in the August/September 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. The heart-warming familiarity that the writer captures in this piece fills us with pride, and is well worth a read.
Local History Grants Program
Grants of up to $15,000 are available through the Local History Grants Program to support the efforts of community groups and organisations that collect and preserve the materials and memories from Victoria’s past. It aims to encourage collaboration and partnerships between volunteer groups to undertake projects as well as to develop skills and resources to support community collections.
Applications close 5 November, 2015.

Key Economic Indicators released

The City of Greater Geelong has released the September Key Economic Indicators Report which monitors the region’s economy. The key points are:

Economic Indicator
Data Movement Status (Fav/Unfav)
Monthly Unemployment Rate
(Barwon Western District)
7.0% +1.0pts
Average Weekly Job Advertisements
(Barwon Region)
106 +41.3%
New Monthly Online Job Ads
(Geelong & Great Ocean Road)
1,064 +2.3%
Monthly Domestic Building Activity
(City of Greater Geelong)
$49.8m -18.9%
Monthly New Dwelling Building Activity
(City of Greater Geelong)
142 -18.4%
Monthly Non-Domestic Building Activity
(City of Greater Geelong)
$9.8m +32.4%
Quarterly Median House Prices
(City of Greater Geelong)
$411,250 +0.3%
Quarterly ABN Registrations
(City of Greater Geelong)
899 -17.1%

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 Sept - Oct 2015

Welcome to our new G21 members

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

Anam Cara Geelong
Crowe Horwath
Fiona Reidy Consulting
Haven; Home, Safe
Sky Software

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.

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