October 2016


Friends of the G21 region,

e-News provides you with a sense of the important issues, activities and proposed projects within the G21 region.

Federal grants boost G21 region towns

Three significant G21 Pillar projects were funded under the latest round of federal government National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) grants recently.

A total of $4.84m has been granted to projects creating local jobs and improvin
government grant imageg community infrastructure in Queenscliff, Bannockburn and Winchelsea.

The grant applications by the respective G21 municipal councils have been actively supported by G21.

Making the funding announcement, MP for Corangamite Sarah Henderso
n (pictured below delivering the good news at Golden Plains Shire) said 479 applications were lodged nationally with only 67 projects selected for funding.

Queenscliff (Borough of Queenscliffe)

Funds of $3.489m will go to the $6.99m Destination Queenscliff Precinct Revitalisation project. It will boost tourism in the area and includes the construction of Fort Walk, a pedestrian and bike link along the town-facing wall, the revitalisation of Hesse Street to create an attractive entrance to the re-developed lighthouse and sport and recreation precinct, and the Wall Lights Up project with up-lighting and projections on the magnificent red brick fort wall.

The Destination Queenscliff project also includes six eco-design high-quality units at the Queenscliff Lighthouse Reserve, a new visitor hub including cafe and public toilet, improved car parking at Ocean View carpark, landscape improvements including ship viewing areas, BBQ facilities, improved public facilities for ANZAC day commemorations and the relocation of the caravan park entrance.

Bannockburn (Golden Plains Shire)

Golden Plains Shire NSRF picA further $1.2m has been committed to Stage 1 of the $2.4m Bannockburn Civic Heart Precinct development project. The centre piece of the development is the creation of a new community civic space in the main street of Bannockburn. This space will accommodate the award winning Golden Plains Farmers’ Market and boost amenities including BBQ facilities, 36 additional car spaces, paths, walkways, shelter and seating. A storage shed for Bannockburn Scouts will also be built with funding provided by the federal government.

Winchelsea (Surf Coast Shire)

The Winchelsea Town Beautification project will receive $155,000 to build a themed shopping and recreation precinct to attract visitors and potential investors, and for the community’s enjoyment. The $310,000 project consists of two main components including streetscape works to the heart of Winchelsea’s town centre and pavement upgrades between Hesse Street and Palmer Street, seating, planting of trees of shrubs and completion of ANZAC memorials. The funding will also enable two distinctive gateway art pieces to be installed at the east and west entry points of Winchelsea.

G21 council CEOs Canberra bound

The CEOs of G21 member municipal councils are heading to Canberra in early December to meet with the heads of key federal departments.

CanberraA delegation of the full G21 Board earlier in the year met with the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and key ministers and their shadows.

The CEOs will reinforce messages about the G21 region and its priority projects and needs in the minds of the key bureaucrats who advise government.

The visit is an important part of G21’s ongoing advocacy program.

Barwon Regional Partnership

We have previously flagged the state government’s recent formation of Regional Partnerships across Victoria, one of which is the Barwon Regional Partnership.

Online community consultation within the Barwon Regional Partnership has commenced, ahead of the first Barwon Regional Assembly to be held in Torquay on 2 November.Regional-Partnerships_BARWON-Logo-RGB jPeg

Barwon community members can register their interest in attending the November Assembly on a new website, which includes polls about local issues, links to strategic regional plans and more information about the Partnership. Feedback received online will inform discussions at the assembly. Click here to register or for more details.

Victoria's future ports capacity

G21 was part of a recent joint submission to Infrastructure Victoria, coordinated by the City of Greater Geelong, on future port capacity for Victoria.

The submission advocated for the development of a second container port somewhere between Melbourne and Geelong, and emphasised the importance of the Port of Geelong to the regional economy.

The joint submission included input from some 11 organisations, including peak industry, community and government bodies from Geelong and the Wyndham area, to our east.

Ford closure

Today the last Australian-made Ford car comes off the production line, ending a significant era of auto manufacturing for Geelong and Victoria.

There has been much good work done by Ford, governments and other bodies to assist in preparing Ford workers for the future.

However, nothing can prepare them for the sadness they will no doubt be feeling today.  The thoughts of those of us at G21 are with them and their families today.


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.

  web_Mithen Bill Mithen
G21 Chairperson

03 5227 4000
snapshots_EC_headshot   Elaine Carbines
Chief Executive Officer

03 5227 4000 or 0437 202 300

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