G21 Snapshots - July 2016
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  July 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.

Federal election outcome benefits the G21 region 
GROW: 2500 jobs by 2020 & $1bn to local economy a year 
Western Distributer route mapped 
Land use options for Northern Moolap 
Minister Allen presents to Pillar 
BOOK NOW: Exciting G21 Stakeholder Forum looms 
Citizens’ Jury to decide on future council for Geelong 
Local company wins Central Reserve tender 
Mt Gellibrand to have wind farm 
$80 Million development approved for Geelong 
Local coast helps tackle climate change 

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


Federal election outcome benefits the G21 region

AvalonWith the election of the Coalition government, we look forward to the fulfilment of pre-election commitments supporting three of our Priority Projects and two of our Pillar Projects:

Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area

  • $5 million to Anam Cara’s community hospice
  • $1 million to plan for rail line duplication between Waurn Ponds and South Geelong.

Avalon Airport

  • Reclassification of Avalon Airport to make it eligible for benefits under the Regional Airport Package.

Geelong Ring Road Connections

  • $300,000 to plan for Midland Hwy duplication to Bannockburn.*

Great Ocean Road upgrade (Transport Pillar Project)

  • $25 million for Stage 2 works.*

Colac CBD and Entrances (Economic Development Pillar Project)

  • $1 million to revitalise Colac’s CBD.

The Coalition committed $20 million to a Jobs and Investment package for the G21 region designed to improve regional infrastructure, boost productivity and generate local investment. Details of this package have not been specified yet, but shovel-ready projects that could be considered include the stage 3 upgrade of GPAC or the Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct.
Corangamite’s Sarah Henderson indicated that she would support an application from GROW under the Try, Test and Learn Fund, which funds innovative policy interventions to help people find jobs. Considering the number of jobs GROW will create and the strong economic benefits it will bring to this region (see article below), investment in this project is vital.
G21 advocated strongly for these projects in the long lead up to the election, well before party campaigning commenced. We are looking forward to their implementation.
At a local level, G21 would like to congratulate Sarah Henderson MP on being re-elected as the Federal Member for Corangamite, and also Richard Marles MP who has been re-elected as the Federal Member for Corio.
G21 will continue to work closely with both local members on projects of regional significance.
* Contingent on matching funding from the State Government.

GROW: 2500 jobs by 2020 & $1bn to local economy a year

What started as an ambitious and innovative idea to address place-based disadvantage in the G21 region can deliver 2,500 jobs by 2020 and $1 billion of economic benefits each year, independent modelling has shown.
The report confirms the ‘local and social procurement’ approach behind the GROW (G21 Region Opportunities for Work) project will not only address pockets of disadvantage, it will have huge flow-on economic benefits across the G21 region.
The results are dependent on regional employers consciously shifting their purchasing towards local suppliers and workers, where they are available, rather than buying and employing outside the region.
Economic modelling shows that a 7% shift on current purchasing and employment practice is all that is needed to achieve the outcomes.
Consultant ArcBlue examined in detail the purchasing decisions over several years of 12 diverse organisations in the region who had already signed up to a compact to support the GROW model.
Of the more than $17 billion of procurement each year in the G21 region, less than half is going to local suppliers, and this could be as low as 36%.
The report recognises the strong level of cross-sector collaboration and activity underway in the G21 region and says building on existing governance, partnerships and organisational work will ensure success in delivering on the report’s recommendations. 

Western Distributer route mapped

Work on the Western Distributer toll road continues to progress with the designs proposing a tunnel route under Yarraville.
This short video shows the design of the project, which provides a vital alternative to the West Gate Bridge and take thousands of trucks off local streets.
Reducing congestion around the West Gate Bridge to improve transport links to Melbourne is a G21 Priority Project (now fully funded).
The reference design and the Request for Tender have now been provided to three shortlisted construction consortiums who will use it to develop their more detailed and costed designs.
Impact assessments for the Environment Effects Statement (EES) will get underway and will consider the reference design, and any variations proposed by the tenderers.
The contract to build the Western Distributor will be awarded in late 2017 with construction to start soon after.

Western Distributor

Land use options for Northern Moolap

Seven possible land use options for northern Moolap have been outlined in a discussion paper released by the State Government.
The discussion paper informs development of the Moolap Coastal Strategic Framework Plan, which aims to identify future plans for the area including any potential land use change over the long term.
Based on community and stakeholder consultation, site research and analysis of Australian and international case studies, it will help test potential land use options for more than 1,200 hectares of land in northern Moolap, just five kilometres east of central Geelong.
The following seven scenarios have been developed for community feedback:

  • Retention of existing land uses
  • Port facilities including an upgraded pier
  • Marine industry and infrastructure
  • Sustainable energy and food production
  • Major tourism facilities
  • Residential development with a small tourism precinct
  • Conservation of the former saltworks.

Feedback through an online survey can be submitted before 29 July, while an Open House will be held on 15 July

Minister Allan presents to Pillar

On 11 July, the G21 Transport Pillar hosted Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, to speak about recent government strategy and policy announcements.
Minister Allan spoke about Connecting Regional Victoria, which moves towards a more coordinated public transport network where trains, buses and coaches are closely integrated (see last month’s Snapshots).

Specific to our region, Minister Allan spoke of plans to increase services along the Geelong – Colac – Warrnambool line, which are key elements of the Regional Rail Connections Priority Project.

She also spoke of the new central transport agency that will be established to coordinate Victoria’s growing transport system and plan for its future.
Transport for Victoria (TFV) will bring together the planning, coordination and operation of Victoria’s transport system and its agencies, including VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria (PTV), providing a single source for information about our road, train, tram, bus, taxi and freight networks.
TFV will also plan for the future of Victoria’s transport system, ensuring it grows as the community, economy and technology changes. TFV will be up and running at the end of 2016. 

BOOK NOW: Exciting G21 Stakeholder Forum looms

G21’s 2016 Stakeholder Forum (Fri, 19 August) will have a strong state-policy focus.
Almost mid-way through the State Government’s four-year term, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will reflect on his achievements for our community, while Opposition Leader Matthew Guy will analyse the government’s progress and outline his vision for our region.
Best known for his hard-hitting political interviews, Gold Walkley Award winner Kerry O’Brien will provide insight into Australia’s political landscape. He’s questioned world leaders such as Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. What are his thoughts on our current political leaders?
There is also an outstanding opportunity to hear exclusively from an expert range of leaders in their respective fields on issues and trends impacting the G21 region.
Last year’s forum was sold out. Don’t be disappointed - register early.

Stakeholder forum

Citizens’ Jury to decide on future council for Geelong

The State Government will create a Citizens’ Jury to recommend the best future design of the City of Greater Geelong.
The council was dismissed following a three-month investigation by an independent Commission of Inquiry into its governance, administration and culture.
The State Government will work with the Geelong community to design a governance structure prior to the return of an elected council, set for October 2017.
The Citizens’ Jury will be asked to consider:

  • how the Mayor is elected
  • if a Deputy Mayor is needed and how they are elected
  • the number of councillors
  • representative structures (e.g. whether the municipality is unsubdivided or divided into wards and if they are multi-member wards)

The independent group newDemocracy Foundation will select the Jury and oversee the process, bringing together a representative but random sample of 100 citizens.
This will strike a balance between experts and the views of the community in recommending a future representative structure for the council.
The Jury will produce a report with recommendations for the Government to consider. 

Local company wins Central Reserve tender

Colac company Spence Construction has won the tender to redevelop the Central Reserve’s off-field facilities.
The upgrade of Central Reserve is an important element of the G21 Addressing Disadvantage Priority Project.
The first phase of work involves the construction of a new pavilion to the south of the current grandstand, which will house change rooms, umpires’ amenities and other facilities. Work on the new netball change rooms will start following the completion of the netball season.
The final phase of the build, the grandstand refurbishment, will not start until after the football and netball season have concluded. This phase of the build is also budget dependent and has been structured to allow the project to be scaled back if necessary.
The two current change rooms under the grandstands will be converted into one larger room to create change rooms and a dedicated area for medical, massage and strapping and storage.
The Federal Government has contributed $2.5 million to the project, while the State Government has contributed $300,000.

Mt Gellibrand to have wind farm

A $275 million wind farm will be built near Winchelsea after its developer secured a lucrative State Government contract.
The State Government has announced that it will buy 66 megawatts of renewable energy certificates from wind farm developer Acciona’s planned wind farm at Mount Gellibrand.
Accredited renewable energy power stations receive renewable energy certificates according to the amount of energy produced at their power station, which the company can then sell to other organisations or individuals to use.
The project will create 100 jobs during construction and another five or 10 permanent operations and maintenance jobs after construction.
The wind farm will eventually have up to 44 wind turbines and produce 132 megawatts of energy, which would produce enough renewable energy to service 60,000 households.
The contracts are the Government’s first major step towards meeting its new state renewable energy targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025. 

$80 Million development approved for Geelong

NDIS HQ building designMinister for Planning Richard Wynne has approved an $80 million multi-storey tower in central Geelong, which will deliver new office space and boost jobs in the city.
To be constructed over an old wool store between 22 and 28 Brougham St, the modern 11-storey building will include 13,100 square metres of office space, 116 car parks and 100 bicycle spaces.
It has been designed to accommodate 850 employees and is expected to house the National Disability Insurance Agency.
The Office of the Victorian Government Architect reviewed the Brougham Street proposal, indicating it would set an encouraging precedent for renewal in central Geelong through its use of the existing wool store.

Local coast helps tackle climate change

Communities in the Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula coastal regions now have access to the latest data to address the impacts of climate change.
Our Coast uses the latest data on projected sea level rises and storm surges to help coastal communities and government agencies plan and respond to the impact of climate change.
These assessments combine previous climate change coastal hazards research with detailed modelling and projected sea level rise data. It predicts sea level rises of 0.2m by 2040, 0.5m by 2070 and 0.8m by 2100.
State government agencies and local councils will use the information to influence future planning decisions, emergency management frameworks, local infrastructure maintenance and climate adaptation planning.
A series of open houses will be held to give the community an opportunity to find out more about the latest data and how they can respond to sea level rises in their community.


Items of regional interest 

Anam Cara House Trivia Night

Join Anam Cara for some prizes and some fun while raising some much needed funds for their community palliative care service at the same time. Includes spot prizes, raffles and silent auction.

Sat 13 Aug 2016, 7pm, St Mary’s Parish Office, 150 Yarra St, Geelong.

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

What changes will the public 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.

Fri 29 July 2016, 12noon-2pm, Novotel Geelong, 10-14 Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong.

Managing Agribusiness & Food Trade with China

Listen to expert speakers discuss the current and proposed rules, regulations and procedures regarding food related trade with China. The focus will be on market entry requirements as well as common pitfalls and mistakes to look out for.

Weds 20 July 2016, 9.30am-2pm, Dairy Australia - 60 City Rd, Southbank.

The Client Revolution Workshop
Do you know what the leading companies are doing differently to give them the market edge? Are you aware that you have immediate strategies available to increase your revenue by 20%? Client Revolution authority Darrell Hardidge is sharing proven new strategies with leaders who wish to stay ahead of the game.

Thurs 21 July 2016, 9.30am-12.30pm, Berkeley Lodge, 136 Yarra St, Geelong

Reel Health Film Festival

The Reel Health International Short Film Festival features a selection of captivating short films from all over the world. It showcases stories of courage and inspiration, brimming with hope strength, friendship and survival. Various dates and locations, 4 August – 29 Aug 2016.

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

Key Economic Indicators released

Enterprise Geelong has released the June Key Economic Indicators which monitors the region’s economy. The key points are:

Economic Indicator Data Movement Status
Unemployment rate 5.0% -1.3 pts
Average weekly job advertisements 100 +13.6%
New monthly online job advertisements 1,202 +15.0%
Monthly domestic building activity $90.1m +13.7%
Monthly new dwelling building approvals 251 +7.3%
Monthly non-domestic building activity 55.3m +54.5%
Quarterly mediam house price $435,000 +2.1%

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 May-June 2016.

G21 Membership

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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