G21 Snapshots newsletter - November
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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.

GPAC Stage 2 gets go ahead
G21 Region Profile – a “snapshot” of our region
$9.5 million GRIIF investment creates new jobs
GROW project shortlisted for national award
ABS Centre of Excellence to bring 250 jobs
Skills boost put Geelong on map as centre of excellence
Progress on Portarlington Pier & Safe Harbour
Apollo Bay Harbour Masterplan in final stages
Victorian parties committed to election
$1.6m for Living Geelong’s water future
Geelong region projects fast-tracked for job creation
Grant to Geelong network boosts Victorian sports manufacturing
Colac’s entrance gets a makeover 

Emergency Management Kit improves fire readiness in G21 region
Local unions must publicly back East West Link' - MPs
Victorian Government renews support for Festival of Sails

RDA BSW Committee update
Items of regional interest
Media articles of interest to the G21 region


GPAC Stage 2 gets go ahead

GPAC at nightThe Geelong Performance Arts Centre (GPAC) has celebrated after receiving support from both parties to complete Stage 2 redevelopment.

A long-term G21 Priority, it was recognised as one of its top two regional priorities by the G21 Board at the start of the year. Strong advocacy during the year has seen the project realised.

In September, Victorian Labor committed $30 million to Stage 2 redevelopments. The Victorian Coalition has now made a $35 million commitment to the same cause, should they be successful.

The development will open up the inward-facing centre and create a more accessible, vibrant arts hub which better connects with the surrounding precinct. It also includes a new façade, a 150 seat cabaret and music space, an increase in the number of dance studios and addresses building and disabled access issues.

Importantly, the redevelopment will create 270 jobs (150 in construction and 120 ongoing) and contribute to the revitalisation of Central Geelong by adding vibrancy to the arts precinct.

G21 Region Profile – a “snapshot” of our region

Launch of the Geelong Region PlanThe G21 Region Profile (2014) provides a ‘snapshot’ of wide-ranging regional data that is proving to be an invaluable reference for all types of practical uses, including as an aid to planning the region’s future and advocating on behalf of the region to government.

Not since G21 released the Geelong Region Plan in 2007 has there been such a wealth of up-to-date socio-economic information about the G21 region gathered in one document.

The Profile will become a marker in time; providing a snapshot of our region’s current vital statistics for future reference. It draws on many publicly available sources and assembles that information in a way that explains without making judgement.

The Profile slices census and other data in many ways, showing differences between local government areas, employment types and other distinguishing features of our region.

Subjects as diverse as land use, economic development, employment, river health, water use, climate and rainfall, building approvals, urban settlement, community services, crime rates, property values and human health and wellbeing are profiled.

Five municipal companion profiles — covering Colac-Otway, Golden Plains, Queenscliffe, Surf Coast and Greater Geelong — are also available.

$9.5 million GRIIF investment creates new jobs

A flurry of funding announcements from Round 2 of the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF) will see 400 jobs created, and more than $36 million invested, in the G21 region.

Successful applicants include:

  • Farm Foods Retail Services; awarded $525,000 to expand production and create products with longer shelf life for Asian export (creating 27 jobs, total investment $1.05 million)
  • Organic Dairy Farmers; awarded $600,000 to build a cream and cheese processing and packaging line to expand into domestic and international markets (creating 23 jobs, total investment $1.2 million)
  • Cotton On Clothing; awarded $3.4 million to redevelop and expand their head office operations to accommodate new staff required for ongoing global expansion (creating 300 jobs, total investment $8.7 million)
  • Quickstep Operations; awarded $1.76 million to develop an automotive pilot production facility (creating 30 jobs, $5.06 million)
  • Ridley Agriproducts; awarded $800,000 to establish an animal feed mill facility to support the expansion of the poultry and pig industries in western Victoria (creating 20 jobs, total investment $20 million).

GRIIF is a $29.5 million competitive, merit-based grants program. Eligible projects focus on encouraging new investment in the G21 region, creating new or additional business capacity that results in sustainable jobs.

GROW project shortlisted for national award

GROW consultationThe G21 Region’s innovative Geelong Region Opportunities for Work (GROW) project has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

GROW is one of 11 projects in the running for $1 million of assistance as part of ‘The Search’, an initiative of the Centre for Social Impact that helps develop the capacity of communities in the early stages of tackling social challenges such as multi-generational unemployment, homelessness, and crime and poverty.

GROW is developing a business plan specifically to focus on increasing employment through procurement processes, fostering small-to-medium sized business and helping people from areas of high unemployment across the G21 region. It will complement and enhance work that is already underway, or planned, to assist employment within the Geelong region.

If successful, GROW could receive up to $1 million of resourcing over three years.

This is important recognition of the work being done as part of GROW, and the prospect of further financial support for this work is a powerful incentive to continue to progress.

GROW is a Geelong region joint initiative of G21 and Give Where You Live (GWYL) in response to growing employment challenges facing the region. Regional Development Victoria has provided a $100,000 grant towards the project, with matching funds from G21, GWYL, Colac Otway Shire, City of Greater Geelong, Golden Plains Shire, Surf Coast Shire and the Borough of Queenscliffe.

ABS Centre of Excellence to bring 250 jobs

The Victorian Government have announced the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will establish a new Centre of Excellence in Geelong for its survey functions, creating up to 250 new jobs.

The new project will be implemented in partnership with Deakin University, which will upgrade the site of the former Ford Discovery Centre to accommodate the new ABS centre.

The relocation of public service jobs to Geelong was one of the recommendations of the Panel for the Review of the Victorian Economy. The Panel was tasked with identifying a suite of initiatives to support regions impacted by the wind-down of the car manufacturing industry.

The ABS was subsequently asked by the Australian Government to consider relocating some of its functions, and it then entered into negotiations with Deakin University.

Skills boost put Geelong on map as centre of excellence

State and Federal Governments will together invest $8 million toward the establishment of an injury and insurance professional development centre in the G21 region.

The new centre recognises that the disability and insurance sectors are growth areas in our economy that will play a crucial role in creating jobs of the future in the G21 region.

With the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) already located in Geelong, and WorkCover set to re-locate, this important training facility will develop local skills and provide pathways for people to gain employment in this exciting and flourishing industry.

The Network will create a geographic centre for personal injury disability and insurance excellence that attracts economic investment and contributes to regional development.

The training of over 1,000 students over five years will be delivered by a Deakin University / Gordon TAFE partnership, and will be based at Deakin University’s waterfront campus.

Progress on Portarlington Pier & Safe Harbour

Portarlington PierThe renewal of the Portarlington pier precinct is gaining momentum with a contract awarded for construction of the new pier and the City of Greater Geelong calling for tenders for the Portarlington Harbour Study. The Portarlington Safe Harbour is a G21 Priority Project.

The appointment of PW Johnson Constructions, who specialises in complex marine piling and construction projects, to construct the new section of pier means that detailed design work is now underway and onsite construction works will start in February next year for mid-2015 completion.

This project will give an economic boost to the local economy and provide a quality long-lasting walking surface for the new section of pier. A significant benefit of the project is that it will provide separate pedestrian and vehicle access and will also allow increased load limits on the new pier section, which is vital to the Bellarine’s aquaculture industry as it improves marine industry access.

The City of Greater Geelong and the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure have also partnered to prepare an implementation plan for the redevelopment of the Portarlington Harbour.

A business case will be developed to:

  • articulate the economic benefit to the region of an expanded commercial fishing and aquaculture fleet from Portarlington
  • test the market demand for recreational berths
  • determine private sector interest to invest in the harbour
  • develop a staging plan for the infrastructure works and responsibility for delivery.

Apollo Bay Harbour Masterplan in final stages

Apollo Bay HarbourApollo Bay Harbour Planning Scheme Amendment C73 has moved into its final stages after the latest plans garnered widespread community support during exhibition.

Of 40 submissions received, 35 were broadly supportive of the current blueprint, which will guide the long-term redevelopment of the harbour.

In April this year, Colac Otway Shire Council made several changes to the amendment in response to feedback from the Apollo Bay community; namely, including provision for potential consideration of a swimming pool and health and wellbeing uses. It has created more flexibility for the use of the harbour in the future, and importantly, still prohibits a hotel or accommodation on the harbour.

Once the planning scheme amendment for the Apollo Bay Harbour is adopted, Colac Otway Shire will prepare a development plan for the precinct, which will provide a blueprint to apply to other levels of government for funding.

The Apollo Bay Harbour also this month officially welcomed its new $2.29 million dredge. The ‘Apollo’ replaces the Gannet which has served the harbour for more than half a century. The dredge was named in a competition by students from Apollo Bay P-12.

Victorian parties committed to election

The major parties continue to make a series of election promises in the lead-up to November’s state election.

The Victorian Coalition has committed the following in recent weeks:

Create ‘ManuFuture’ Geelong
‘ManuFuture Geelong’ would be established at Deakin University’s Geelong Technology Precinct with $10 million in funding from a re-elected Coalition Government.

‘ManuFuture Geelong’ will help traditional and start-up manufacturers access Deakin University’s cutting-edge technologies and world-class research. This investment will help local manufacturers become more innovative and competitive and will create the next generation of manufacturing jobs in Geelong.

$106m for Drysdale Bypass
A total of $106 million would be invested by a re-elected Victorian Coalition Government to construct the Drysdale Bypass. More than 22,000 vehicles a day travel on the Geelong-Portarlington Road and High Street. The bypass will divert around 50 per cent of these, including trucks.

$100,000 for Bellarine Living and Learning Centre upgrade
Bellarine Living and Learning Centre (Whittington) aims to enhance life and work opportunities for people some of Geelong’s most vulnerable families. They run a range of activities, groups, accredited and pre-accredited courses designed to assist people in the community. An upgrade to the centre is part of the G21 Addressing Disadvantage Priority Project.

The $100,000 commitment would contribute towards first class kitchen facilities, and would help secure more storage for the donated food and other resources needed to assist and empower the community in a friendly, supportive environment.

Victorian Labor has committed the following in recent weeks:

Armstrong Creek West Primary School
Armstrong Creek West Primary School wouldl be among 11 new schools Labor would build "from the ground up" if elected. Key infrastructure, including schools, is a key ask as part of G21's Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area Priority Project.

Geelong Soccer Club upgrade
Labor’s $100,000 plan for the Stead Park Pavilion includes change rooms for men and women and people with a disability, and a new club room, function and board room, kitchen and toilets. Implementation of the Stead Park Master Plan is part of the G21 Addressing Disadvantage Priority Project.

Click here for funding commitments that relate to G21 Priority Projects

$1.6m for Living Geelong’s water future

The Victorian Government has announced Living Geelong, a $1 million project to develop the city’s first whole-of-water-cycle management plan.

Living Geelong will provide a vision and implementation plan for how Geelong can ensure the right mix of reliable water sources are in place to create a more liveable, sustainable and productive city.

Three G21 region projects will receive grants from the Living Victoria Fund to help deliver on-the-ground, whole-of-water-cycle management results in Geelong:

  • $110,000 to install a living green wall on a public carpark building in central Geelong to demonstrate how alternate water can be used to revitalise the city centre
  • $373,649 to retrofit whole-of-water-cycle management measures to an existing stormwater system in the Surf Coast Shire
  • $170,500 to upgrade the taxi rank and bus bay at Gellibrand Street, Colac.

A local project control board made up of government and business representatives, including G21 CEO Elaine Carbines, will oversee the development of Living Geelong.

Geelong region projects fast-tracked for job creation

Thousands of Geelong jobs have been fast-tracked through the planning approvals process by the Victorian Government. More than 3000 jobs will be created by the new fast-tracked projects.

These include:

  • Sustainable Farms agribusiness project at Lara
  • A major retail and logistics precinct at Avalon Airport
  • Expansion of supermarket planning provisions, allowing Aldi to expand locally
  • Improved Geelong CBD investment attraction with streamlined zoning rules
  • Final implementation of reformed residential zones for Geelong
  • Streamlining a major Fyansford residential and commercial development
  • Planning approval of the Winchelsea-Colac Princes Highway duplication
  • Simonds Stadium light tower signage
  • Rezoning of the Lovely Banks future growth area to Urban Growth Zone
  • Approval of the Armstrong Creek Town Centre structure plan

The Victorian Coalition has also announced that if re-elected, they will also fast-track planning approvals in Geelong's industrial precincts, including the Geelong Ring Road Employment Precinct.

Grant to Geelong network boosts Victorian sports manufacturing

The Victorian Government has announced a $544,000 grant to the Geelong-based Australian Sports Technology Network (ASTN) to help grow Victoria’s emerging sports technology industry. The grant will help the ASTN deliver the innovative $1.088 million Victorian Sports Manufacturing Export Development.

The grant was made under the Manufacturing Productivity Networks (MPN) program which supports networks, manufacturers and research institutions to collaborate, improving the productivity and competitiveness of Victorian manufacturers.

More than 65 per cent of Australia’s sports technology industry is based in Victoria and the MPN program will see the state’s growing number of companies involved in the industry work with universities and research centres on globally-competitive product innovations, and help them to find new export markets.

Colac’s entrance gets a makeover

An open plaza, gardens and a pocket park will greet visitors to Colac after a $500,000 Victorian Government grant to start the central Colac beautification project.

Stage one of the botanic city themed project focuses on Colac’s eastern entrance and includes restoration of an open plaza at the city’s junction with Barongarook Creek. Retaining walls, garden beds, and installation of LED lighting up the Murray Street median strip will complete the entrance project.

The revamp will also include additional lighting throughout the central business district and a pocket park on the corner of Queen and Murray streets featuring a sculpture.

The Colac CBD and Entrances project, a G21 Economic development Pillar project, is a bold plan that will help boost the local economy by encouraging more residents and visitors to use the town’s CBD, particularly its retail precinct.

Emergency Management Kit improves fire readiness in G21 region

The Barwon Network of Neighbourhood Centres has launched a “Emergency Management Planning Kit” that delivers a collaborative approach to emergency planning, response and recovery for Neighbourhood Houses in the G21 region.

The resource was developed under the Strengthening Participation and Resilience in Communities (SPARC) project, which encouraged members of six high fire-risk towns; Anglesea, Deans Marsh, Forrest, Gellibrand, Lavers Hill and Lorne, to identify potential hazards in their community and develop programs that would better equip them to deal with a bushfire or natural disaster.

The project developed business continuity plans, established protocols for evacuations in the event of a bushfire, natural disaster or immediate hazard, developed recovery plans and created external emergency management networks.

Whilst development focused on Surf Coast and Colac Otway communities, the “Emergency Planning Kit” has been rolled out to all 25 Neighbourhood Houses in the G21 region.

Local unions must publicly back East West Link' - MPs

G21 region MP’s have called on local unions to support the Victorian Government’s East West Link project.

Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson and Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos say Geelong Trades Hall and construction unions such as the AWU and AMWU must put Geelong jobs before politics, and act in the best interests of their members by publicly supporting this massive job creation project.

Together, Stage One and Stage Two will create 6,700 construction jobs which will deliver many opportunities for manufacturing workers through the G21 region. It will also help train the next generation of construction workers and engineering specialists, with around 150 traineeships and apprenticeships to be included as part of the project.

The western section of the East West Link is a key infrastructure element supported by G21 under the G21 Transport Links to Melbourne Priority Project

Victorian Government renews support for Festival of Sails

Geelong's iconic Festival of Sails will be supported by the Victorian Government for a further three years. This first-class sailing festival is one of Victoria's strongest regional events and a key date on the international yachting calendar.

It generates an economic benefit of $1.9 million, and is a critical part of Geelong's growing major events calendar.

The festival was first held in 1844, making it Victoria's longest running sporting event. Over the past 171 years, it has grown to become the largest sailing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.

Each year the regatta attracts more than 300 yacht entries and 3,500 competitors, while a shore-side festival, which includes live music and RAAF aerobatic displays, brings more than 100,000 spectators to the Geelong waterfront.


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

Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Warren Truss MP announced the continuation of the Regional Development Australia (RDA) structure at the recent SEGRA conference in Alice Springs.

The RDA's will assist the Federal Government to advance economic development opportunities in Australia's regions by:

  • maintaining a current three to five-year regional plan that focuses on economic development of their region taking into account Commonwealth, state, territory and local government plans
  • advising on priority activities that will drive regional economic development and take advantage of comparative advantages, based on consultation and engagement with community leaders
  • assisting local community stakeholders to develop project proposals and direct them to appropriate public and/or private funding sources — including the $1 billion National Stronger Regions Fund
  • providing advice to the Government on critical issues affecting each region.
RDA Barwon South West is currently working with stakeholders to strengthen our region's opportunity to share in the National Stronger Regions Fund. The focus of the fund is on strengthening economies by improving productivity, economic opportunity, employment and workforce skills.  Round One closes on 28 November 2014 and Round Two will open on 1 May 2015.

Want to know more about RDA Barwon South West? For more information please visit our website. Subscribe to our bulletin or follow us on Twitter @RDABarwonSW.

Items of regional interest

Leading in Extreme Environments – Business Breakfast
Rachael Robertson is a proven leader, having successfully led in the world's toughest workplace - Antarctica. She is recognised internationally for her thought-leadership on what great leadership actually looks like. Hear Rachel speak at the Chamber of Commerce’s launch of their mentoring program that will provide free training, advice, site visits and ongoing support to help small to medium sized businesses understand, plan and implement energy and materials efficiency.

Rachael's knows how to get the best out teams. She will introduce and explain a set of powerful tools to build innovation, collaboration and respect. They are straightforward and memorable so you can use them immediately.

Friday November 21, 2014. Click here to book.

Geelong Sport Development Conference
Learn to lead great culture at the Geelong Sports Development Conference. Featuring sports psychologist and founder of Bluestone Edge, Dr Pippa Grange and Geelong VFL coach Matthew Knights this conference is for club coaches, administrators and volunteers.

Sunday 30 November 2014, click here for further information.

$60m Investment Programme open for application
The Next Generation Manufacturing Investment programme is designed to support employees, businesses and regions affected by the closure of Australian car manufacturing operations. Manufacturers are eligible for grants between $500,000 and $5m that will help them create new investment opportunities; and could be used to purchase machinery and equipment, modify existing premises and train staff to use and maintain new equipment.

Click here for further information. Round 1 applications close January 9, 2015.

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 2014

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