G21 Snapshots newsletter - February
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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.

Portarlington Pier work to begin
Defence Minister visits Geelong for LAND 400 talks
New Trust to manage Simonds Stadium
G21 welcomes two new projects
G21 Regional Tennis Strategy released for feedback
G21 Board welcomes new Director
More than quarter of jobs in Surf Coast surfing related
Riverfront, jobs and town centre focus of Growing Winchelsea
Wathaurong Glass to supply government gifts
Geelong-built fish reefs for waters off Torquay
Sustainable Living Festival 2015 bumper crop of free events
Prime Minister announces Torquay Anzac grant
Geelong pilots innovative road safety intersection

RDA BSW Committee update
Items of regional interest
Key Economic Indicators released
Latest news from the G21 Pillars
Media articles of interest to the G21 region


Portarlington Pier work to begin

Portarlington_web 2 Victoria's Minister for the Environment and Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville has announced the commencement of construction work on the $15 million redevelopment of Portarlington Pier.

Works on stage 1 of the Portarlington Safe Harbour development began in the first week of February, with completion of the new pier expected mid-2015.

The development of a Portarlington Safe Harbour is a G21 Priority Project.

Parks Victoria has appointed PW Johnson Construction Pty Ltd to build the new pier section and, in a boost for local jobs, Moolap’s Coen Precast has secured the concreting work on the pier.

The project will support local jobs during construction, with more to be created as the full master plan is realised.
Portarlington is the home of Port Phillip Bay’s thriving aquaculture industry. The new 175-metre pier will boost the mussel farming industry, allowing for increased access and vehicle load limits.

Defence Minister visits Geelong for LAND 400 talks

On 16 February, Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews visited Geelong to brief industry and community leaders on the Army’s LAND 400 Combat Vehicle program.

Minister Andrews and the head of the LAND 400 project, Major General Paul McLachlan, provided an update on the state of the project during a visit to Deakin University in Waurn Ponds.

The LAND 400 program is the Australian Army’s largest, most expensive and most complex combat vehicle program.  It will provide the Army with an essential capability for future land operations.

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, took Mr Andrews on tours of the Centre for Information Systems Research and Carbon Revolution.  

The visit provided a fantastic boost to Geelong’s campaign to be considered a key location for the contract to build the next-generation of Army combat vehicles, and gave Minister Andrews a taste of the cutting edge work which is already happening in Geelong in terms of defence technology and advanced manufacturing.

The briefings also provided a great opportunity to hear the new Minister for Defence’s views on the project.

New Trust to manage Simonds Stadium

web_Simonds StadiumThe Victorian Government will fast track the elevation of Simonds Stadium (Kardinia Park) to trust status so a landmark $70 million redevelopment of the ground can start this year.

Former Premier Steve Bracks will lead a committee providing advice to the Government on the formal establishment of the Trust. Upon its formation, Mr Bracks will be appointed the inaugural Chair of the Trust, bringing with him extensive experience in public life and a passion for the Geelong Cats.

The committee will undertake extensive consultation with the City of Greater Geelong, the Geelong Football Club and the community to make sure the ground remains the heart and soul of sport in Geelong.

The Simonds Stadium $70 million redevelopment will increase its seating capacity to 36,000 and create 90 jobs during construction and 320 jobs ongoing.

Redevelopment (stages 4 and 5) of Simonds Stadium is a project supported by G21 through its Economic Development Pillar.

G21 welcomes two new projects

G21 has welcomed two new projects following their consideration and adoption by their respective Pillars.

The Education and Training Pillar is looking to the digital needs of secondary students in the region, following its adoption of a new Pillar Project at its February meeting:

The Geelong Secondary Schools & Community Digital Learning Hub identifies that increased internet capacity and improved access to digital learning and cloud-based resources is required for students and teachers in the G21 region to meet the demands of contemporary learning.

The delivery of Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) will provide world class high-speed access to a digital learning platform that will facilitate learning outcomes of students, teachers and communities, enabling them to be leaders in a digital age.

A government commitment of $3,505,000 is required to deliver a high-speed learning platform to each of the partner locations.

The holiday season has highlighted the growing urgency for action at one of the busiest coastal intersections in the region. The Transport Pillar has hence adopted the following Pillar Project at its February meeting:

Upgrade of the Surf Coast Highway / Beach Road intersection involves the installation of traffic lights at one of the most dangerous and congested intersections on the Surf Coast Highway.

This intersection generates high traffic volumes all year round. It is the access point for popular destinations including the Visitor Information Centre, Surf World Museum, Torquay Regional Library, iconic surf shopping precinct, Fisherman’s Beach and a number of fast food outlets.

Recent traffic counts (taken outside peak period) indicate that the traffic easily meets the practice design standards of 3,000 vehicles per day to warrant traffic signals.

A state government commitment of $ 620,000 is required to install traffic lights at the Surf Coast Highway / Beach Road intersection. The Surf Coast Shire has made a co-commitment of $620,000.

G21 Regional Tennis Strategy released for feedback

Draft G21 Regional Tennis StrategyThe draft G21 Regional Tennis Strategy has been released for public comment for a period of six weeks.

The Regional Strategy provides a framework for the development of tennis participation and facilities throughout the region within the next 10 years. It will provide clear direction for all stakeholders to ensure that tennis will grow across the region.

Research has identified that there is a significant demand for tennis, with high numbers of people that are not currently playing the sport but are interested in doing so.

The vision of this strategy is for the G21 region to be Victoria’s fastest growing and most accessible region for tennis by 2025.
Priorities of the strategy include the following key areas:
  • Structure of tennis
  • Participation
  • Facility provision and renewal
  • Club support and development
  • Servicing and delivering
The draft G21 Regional Tennis Strategy is on exhibition for public comment until March 27, 2015. For details on how to provide feedback, click here.

G21 Board welcomes new Director

G21 welcomes Keith Baillie, incoming Chief Executive Officer of Surf Coast Shire to the G21 Board.

Keith, who grew up in Geelong, has extensive experience in local government and the private sector, having served as Chief Executive Officer of the Shire of Campaspe for the last eight years.

He looks forward to working in the wider community, noting: “For me, there’s certainly a sense of homecoming.  I know the region well and look forward to working with the Councillors, staff and community to achieve the region’s priorities.”

We welcome his contribution to the G21 Board as a Director.

More than quarter of jobs in Surf Coast surfing relatedweb_surfindustry 2

A new report into the significance of the local surfing industry has found that more than a quarter of all jobs in the Surf Coast are related to the surfing industry.

While surfing was long recognised as a key component of the local economy, this was the first time statistical data had been compiled on the sector.

The report shows surfing is the largest industry sector in the Surf Coast in the areas of employment, wages, industry value add and output and brings to light the very unique nature of the region’s economy.

Snapshot of surfing industry in Surf Coast Shire:
  • 26.9% of total employment is linked to the surfing industry – 2,034 full time jobs
  • 28% of all incomes are generated by the surfing industry
  • The Gross Regional Product related to the surfing industry is $457 million
  • The Industry Value Add of the surfing industry is $217 million
  • The surf industry generates 26.5% of Industry Value Add
  • Has the highest proportion of visitors that go to the beach (71.2%) compared to other major surfing destinations
The Surf Coast features world renowned beaches and is the birthplace of two of surfing’s most recognised brands, Rip Curl and Quiksilver. It is home to the Bells Beach Rip Curl Pro and Surfworld, the Australian National Surfing Museum, as well as the three largest Surf Lifesaving clubs in Victoria; Anglesea, Fairhaven and Lorne.

Recognising that surfing and beach culture is interwoven into the lives of people who live and visit this part of the world, the Surf Coast Shire has adopted the brand of Torquay as the Home of Australian Surfing.

Riverfront, jobs and town centre focus of Growing Winchelsea

Winch_web 2A draft plan for Winchelsea’s future growth that focuses on building a mixed economy and maximising the town’s Barwon River frontage has been released for public exhibition.

Growing Winchelsea will seek to build on Winchelsea’s rich cultural heritage and country village feel while providing sustainable job opportunities, opportunities for housing growth and future community facilities.

The plan’s recommendations include:
  • designing and building a Barwon River Loop Walk to provide more opportunities to enjoy the riverfront
  • upgrades to the Main Street shopping strip through themed street furniture, lighting and landscaping that builds on Winchelsea’s sense of character
  • helping to develop a diverse local economy that builds on service industries like health and education, green industry opportunities and a stronger tourism sector
  • focusing new residential development in the south-east of the town
  • continuing work with VicRoads to beautify highway entrances to the town
  • purchasing land to expand Eastern Reserve.
The process sought to identify community priority projects for the town while also looking at making the most of the area’s natural assets.

The draft Growing Winchelsea plan is on exhibition for public comment until March 27, 2015. For details on how to provide feedback, visit www.growingwinchelsea.com.au

Wathaurong Glass to supply government gifts

Geelong’s Wathaurong Glass and Art will represent Victoria on the world stage by supplying gifts to dignitaries visiting the state.

Pieces crafted by the business will be procured by the Victorian Government, as part of the Aboriginal Inclusion Action Plan. They will be given to visiting dignitaries, and will showcase the skill and artistry of this region to the rest of the world.

Wathaurong Glass and Art supplies a variety of innovative products including glass art, splash backs for kitchens, bathroom screens and special custom made pieces for homes.

The current rate of unemployment for Aboriginal people living in Victoria is 18.9 per cent – four times that of non-Aboriginal people. Organisations like Wathaurong Glass and Art play an important role in creating jobs and contributing to the local economy.

Geelong-built fish reefs for waters off Torquay

fish reefHuge concrete modules built by local manufacturer Bates Pipes and Products will be installed in Victorian waters to create one of the largest artificial reefs in the state.

The 25 large reef modules will soon be installed three kilometres offshore between Breamlea and Torquay, creating exciting new fishing opportunities for boat-based anglers in the years to come.

Measuring over four metres high and weighing up to 20 tonnes, the modules will create variable water currents and movements that attract baitfish and predators such as kingfish – a prized catch among recreational anglers.

As soon as weather conditions make it safe to do so, the modules will be transported from the Port of Geelong, through Port Phillip Heads, and then installed in 25 metres of water off Torquay.

The design of the reefs minimise impacts on the surrounding environment and complement natural dynamic processes that are important to fisheries and marine ecosystem health.

Sustainable Living Festival 2015 bumper crop of free events

The Sustainable Living Festival returns for 2015 with a bumper program of more than 80 local events kicking off early February.

The Festival features a range of workshops, seminars and information sessions on topics from gardening and local foods, upcycled art, kid’s woodworking, cycling, energy efficient houses and how to save money on your energy bills.

The three week program of events works to encourage and inspire people to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

One of the highlights is the Smarter Living Big Weekend event at GPAC on 20-21 February featuring more than 20 free workshops, seminars and demonstrations.

Topics include how to achieve zero energy costs, draft proofing, preparing your home for heatwaves, permaculture, beekeeping basics and how to create a rain garden.

The event provides the opportunity to ask questions, learn from the experts and make 2015 the year of sustainability.

Prime Minister announces Torquay Anzac grant

On 30 January, Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Torquay to announce funding for a new memorial plaque at Point Danger to honour residents who served in the First World War.

The $18,650 grant, provided to Torquay and District Historical Society, will commemorate the service and sacrifice of local residents during the First World War with a bronze plaque on a new stone border established around the existing memorial base. 

Currently, the names of the servicemen and women who enlisted from the Torquay district are not included on the memorials at Point Danger.

The works will be ready for Anzac Day in 2015. 

Geelong pilots innovative road safety intersection

In an Australian first, the Victorian Government is piloting an innovative road treatment in Geelong to improve road safety.

The new safety platform – to be installed at the corner of Kidman Avenue and the Surf Coast Highway in Belmont – is based on a successful program in the Netherlands where safety was improved substantially by combining raised platforms with traffic signals.

The upgrade is part of the Safe System Road Infrastructure Program. It will include traffic lights and safety platforms that will help control the speed of vehicles as they pass through the intersection, reducing the risk of collisions and injuries.

The safety platforms are designed so drivers will slow down as they enter and pass through the intersection. They look similar to speed humps installed on some local roads.

Between 2008 and 2012, there were six casualty crashes at this intersection, four of which involved right-turning traffic struck by through-traffic.


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

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(L-R) Martin Ellul, Executive Officer, RDA BSW; Bruce Anson, Chair RDA BSW; Justin Hanney, Lead Deputy Secretary, Department of Economic Development (DEDJTR)

The RDA Barwon South West launched into 2015 with a busy agenda at its first meeting for the year, which was held in Melbourne on 12 February. In attendance was recently appointed Executive Officer, Martin Ellul, who was welcomed and introduced to committee members by the Chair, Bruce Anson.

Justin Hanney, Lead Deputy Secretary for the State Government’s Department of Economic Development, provided the committee with an overview of economic and regional development policies and the opportunities for the BSW region.

Other briefings to the committee included G21’s priority projects and successful election commitments for the region and an update on the RDA’s priority theme ‘Jobs for the Future’.

The RDA BSW Committee will hold its next meeting in Portland on 19 March and will focus on the RDA’s priority themes of Energy and Skills & Education.

For more information, please contact our regional office on 03 5215 6000 or email us rda.barwonsouthwest@rdv.vic.gov.au

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

Items of regional interest

Poppy Information Session
Farmers interested in growing alkaloid poppies for the pharmaceutical industry can learn about the poppy industry, growing requirements and the regulations. 17 Feb 2015, 8.30am, 27 High Street, Bannockburn.

Professional Development – Stakeholder Engagement
How does your organisation involve people who may be affected by your decisions? How do you help them influence the implementation of your decisions? 6 Mar 2015, 9.30am-4.30pm, IPAA Boardroom, Suite 13, Level 2, 10 Moorabool Street, Geelong.

FREE Environmental Care Evening
Award-winning environmentalist and founder of Take 3 for the Sea, Tim Silverwood will discuss his research on ocean plastic in Australia and around the world. This will be followed by a film screening of ‘Baykeepers’, a thought-provoking film on the impact of plastic consumption on the living inhabitants of Port Phillip. 25 Feb 2015, 6-8pm, Bayview Room (Parks Hall, Newcombe St), Portarlington.

FREE Open Garden @ Geelong Botanic Gardens
Passionate about plants!? Learn how to grow plants from seed for your veggie patch. Chat to the experts about creating a beautiful garden to balance a hectic lifestyle. Budding gardeners and experienced ‘green thumbs’ alike all welcome. 28 Feb 2015, 8am-2pm, Geelong Botanic Gardens.

Key Economic Indicators released – January 2015

The City of Greater Geelong has released the January 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)
7.1% -1.1pts
Average Weekly Job Advertisements
(Barwon Region)
59 -43.8%
New Monthly Online Job Ads
(Geelong & Great Ocean Road)
581 -25.9%
Monthly Domestic Building Activity
(City of Greater Geelong)
$56.8m -13.8%
Monthly New Dwelling Building Activity
(City of Greater Geelong)
182 -12.5%
Monthly Non-Domestic Building Activity
(City of Greater Geelong)
$161m +557%
Quarterly Median House Prices
(City of Greater Geelong)
$410,000 -1.6%
Quarterly ABN Registrations
(City of Greater Geelong)
1,236 +18.1%

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 Nov 2014 - Jan 2015

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