G21 Snapshots newsletter - December
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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.

State election outcome benefits the G21 region
G21 celebrates achievements at 2014 Annual General Meeting
G21 Board welcomes new Directors
G21’s 2014 Report to the Region now available
G21 Region Early Intervention and Integrated Care Plan 2014-17 released
United voice in Canberra delegation
Re-brand modernises the Geelong Region Plan
New bus network proposed for Bendigo and Geelong
Surf Coast to host Asian Cup powerhouse
Colac Otway Shire works closely with VicRoads on Princes Highway duplication

RDA BSW Committee update
Items of regional interest
Latest news from the G21 Pillars
Media articles of interest to the G21 region
Welcome to new members


State election outcome benefits the G21 region

GPAC at nightWith the election of the Labor government we look forward to the fulfilment of the pre-election commitments supporting seven of our Priority Projects:
  • Geelong Future Cities - $30 million towards Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) Stage 2 redevelopment
  • Addressing Disadvantage - $6 million towards completing works at two of the five Northern Bay College campuses and $100,000 to upgrade Stead Park Pavilion
  • Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area - land purchase and construction of Armstrong Creek West Primary School
  • Geelong Ring Road Connections - $4 million toward developing a ‘corridor plan’ for a road link between the Geelong Ring Road and the Bellarine Peninsula
  • LAND 400 - $5 million towards establishing a Defence Procurement Office in Victoria, with procurement of contracts from the Land 400 military vehicle tender for regional areas such as Geelong
  • Portarlington Safe Harbour - $15 million for Stage I works
  • Regional Rail Connections - train services running at 20 minute intervals during a core of off-peak hours weekdays on the Melbourne-Geelong rail line
G21 has advocated strongly for these projects in a long lead-up to the election, well before party campaigning commenced. We are thankful for the endorsement they have received, and look forward to the implementation of these projects.
There were a number of other commitments for other G21 and community projects, including:
  • Bannockburn P-12 School - $5 million to allow the school to expand, offering early secondary-school-years facilities (a G21 Education & Training Pillar Project)
  • Simonds Stadium redevelopment - $70 million for the next stage of redevelopment (a G21 Economic Development Project)
  • rebuilding local schools, including $12 million for Geelong High, $3 million for Drysdale Primary, $5.5 million for Portarlington Primary and $5 million for Whittington Primary.
At a local level, G21 would like to congratulate the successful candidates for their election onto the Legislative Assembly; Lisa Neville MLA in Bellarine, Christine Couzens MLA in Geelong, John Eren MLA in Lara, Terry Mulder MLA in Polwarth and Andrew Katos MLA in South Barwon.
We would also like to congratulate the new Members representing Western Victoria in the Legislative Council; Simon Ramsay MLC, Jaala Pulford MLC, Josh Morris MLC and Gayle Tierney MLC (one position still to be confirmed).

G21 will continue to work closely with our local members on projects of regional significance.

Click here to view a full list of Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries in the Victorian Government.
G21 celebrates achievements at 2014 Annual General Meeting

AGMOver sixty stakeholders attended the G21 AGM held at the City of Greater Geelong’s Council Chambers on Thursday, November 13.
CEO Elaine Carbines reflected on G21’s many achievements during 2014, in particular GPAC’s stage 2 funding success, which had only been confirmed days prior, and the launch of key publications the G21 Region Profile and the G21 Public Transport Strategy during the year.
She also underlined the strong advocacy by G21 during the year in the lead-up to the November state election, which included meeting with politicians and candidates, raising awareness of our Priority Projects through distribution of our e-News to 8,500+ subscribers and this year, for the first time, targeting key Ministers, members and candidates on social media.

Prior to the close of the evening former board members and G21 staff for 2014 were recognised for their tireless contributions. Awards went to:
  • former G21 Directors Cr Jenny Blake, Cr Rose Hodge, Cr Lyn Russell and Michael Malouf
  • AGMDavid Cotsell, who has recently resigned as leader of the Education & Training Pillar. Before that, David was on the G21 Board for six years (2005-2011) in his role of Councillor at Golden Plains Shire and Leader of the Environment Pillar (2009-2011)
  • Golden Plains Director of Community Services Jill Evans, who acted as G21 CEO for six weeks at the start of this year
  • City of Greater Geelong City Services Manager Vicki Shelton, for ther contribution towards development of the G21 Public Transport Strategy
  • former G21 employees Dr Fiona Reidy and Rebecah Watsford.
Following the official business, members and guests enjoyed refreshments and took the opportunity to talk with G21 Directors, Pillar leaders and staff about how G21 will deliver important outcomes for the people of the G21 region in 2015.

Click here to view photos of G21’s AGM

G21 Board welcomes new Directors
G21’s November Board meeting saw a number of new faces at the table, following the election of four new Directors to the G21 Board.
Mr Bill Mithen (Chief Executive Officer, Give Where You Live) was elected, and Mrs Barbara Abley (Member, National Servicemen's Association) was re-elected to the G21 Board for a two-year period at the G21 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 13.
Mayor of Colac Otway Shire Cr Frank Buchanen, Mayor of Golden Plains Shire Cr Des Phelan and Mayor of Surf Coast Shire Cr Margot Smith join the G21 Board as Council appointed Directors, representing their respective Shires.
We welcome them warmly and know their vast and varied experience will be an asset to the G21 Board.
G21’s 2014 Report to the Region now available

Report to the RegionThe G21 Report to the Region is now available online or in hard copy.

Read about the work we have been doing in 2014 including:
  • a month by month account of projects and their achievements
  • in-depth articles focussing on
    • GPAC's funding success and our targeted advocacy during this year’s election campaign
    • G21’s Stakeholder Forum
    • the G21 Board’s delegation to Canberra
    • the launch of the G21 Region Profile
    • the Spreading the Message project
    • the innovative GROW project
  • an outline of the G21 Priority Projects
  • the G21 Pillars Annual Review
  • Pillar Projects and their members
  • G21 Member organisations.
For a hard copy of Report to the Region contact G21 on 5227 4000

G21 Region Early Intervention and Integrated Care Plan 2014-17 released

EIIC PlanA three-year plan that aims to create seamless health and wellbeing services that are accessible for everyone across the G21 region has been adopted after months of planning and consultation.

The G21 Region Early Intervention and Integrated Care Plan 2014-17  produces a regional vision, strategic directions and actions which will strengthen and enhance early intervention, integrated care and consumer and community empowerment in the delivery of health care for those that suffer from complex or chronic conditions.
Five principles have directed the development of the plan:
  • People are at the centre of service provision.
  • Collaboration between service providers is valued and integral to coordinated, quality service delivery.
  • Everyone is respected, valued and supported to manage their health and wellbeing.
  • Everyone has a right to understand, and have access to, health information.
  • Everyone has the right to access the right care, at the right time, at the right place.
The plan consists of three components; a Project Report, a Research and Literature Review and an Action Plan. The project was guided by a Reference Group comprise of key health, community, government organisations and consumers across the G21 region.

United voice in Canberra delegation

G21, the Committee for Geelong, the Geelong Chamber of Commerce and the City of Greater Geelong travelled to Canberra to highlight a number of key issues impacting the G21 region to Ministers and Senior Officers within the Federal Government.

The National Broadband Network, China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, LAND 400, small business support and regional infrastructure priorities were all on the agenda in this dynamic, one-day delegation.

Attendees included Elaine Carbines, CEO of G21; Cr Darryn Lyons, Mayor of City of Greater Geelong; Gillian Miles, CEO of City of Greater Geelong; Dan Simmonds, Chair of Committee for Geelong; Rebecca Casson, CEO of Committee for Geelong; Kylie Warne, President of Geelong Chamber of Commerce and Bernadette Uzelac, CEO of Geelong Chamber of Commerce.

They attended key meetings with:
  • Hon Richard Marles, Federal Member for Corio, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
  • Hon Jamie Briggs MP, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • Hon Julie Collins MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Local Government
  • Hon Bruce Billson MP, Minister for Small Business
  • Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
  • David Whithrow, Chief of Staff to Hon Warren Truss MP and Damian Callachor, Advisor to Hon Warren Truss MP
  • Ms Sarah Henderson MP, Federal Member for Corangamite
  • Ms Jenelle Frewen, Adviser to Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
The G21 Board will travel to Canberra in early 2015 to advocate the G21 Priority Projects with federal politicians and their advisers.

Re-brand modernises the Geelong Region Plan
Geelong Region PlanThe Geelong Region Plan - a sustainable growth strategy has had a branding update.
Recent suggestions indicated that the strategy looked dated – as you would assume after seven years of service! The need to re-print the publication proved the catalyst to make slight changes to the appearance of the document. This has resulted in a publication with a sleeker, more modern appearance.
None of the content has changed – after all – it is a 35 year strategy, we’re not even half way through implementation! But the publication now has a more contemporary look that represents the basis for G21’s advocacy for investment on behalf of the region.

And remember, if you did want updated and statistics on the G21 region, The G21 Region Profile provides this, and is intended as a supplement to this invaluable resource
New bus network proposed for Bendigo and Geelong
A new bus network is proposed for Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula that will provide more direct routes, higher frequency and improved connections with trains.

Features include:
  • more direct routes, creating a faster journey
  • a new route numbering system, making it easier to find online timetables
  • train connections at Waurn Ponds, Marshall, South Geelong, Geelong and North Geelong stations
  • buses in Geelong’s north connecting with trains at an upgraded North Shore Station for a more direct journey
  • the removal of confusing loops and one-way services
  • better frequency on weekdays, with many services upgraded to run every 20 minutes
  • more services to Deakin University at Waurn Ponds, and a new direct and frequent service operating between the Waterfront and Waurn Ponds campus
  • coordinated timetables with buses meeting trains on more services
  • expansion into growth areas at Curlewis and Leopold
  • a major boost to Torquay services, with buses departing Torquay Central up to every 20 minutes on weekdays.
These network changes support findings from the G21 Public Transport Strategy which aims to increase public transport usage.
Public Transport Victoria is collating feedback about the proposed changes, which will contribute towards the final network. Information, maps and an online survey are available here.

Surf Coast to host Asian Cup powerhouse

The Surf Coast will be part of one of the world’s biggest sporting events, with the region hosting Saudi Arabia’s national football team in a week-long training camp before the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.
The Surf Coast is one of seven regions in Australia to be hosting an international team training camp in the lead-up to the 2015 Asian Cup, which is scheduled throughout Australia during January 2015.
The Saudi side, a traditional powerhouse of Asian football, will base itself on the Surf Coast from 26 December-4 January before playing its group matches against China in Brisbane and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Uzbekistan, both in Melbourne.
The announcement confirms the Surf Coast’s reputation as an elite training base with unique natural assets and a high standard of facilities. It will also expose the G21 region to a significant worldwide audience, with the Asian Cup’s television audience estimated at around 800 million around the world.

Colac Otway Shire works closely with VicRoads on Princes Highway duplication 
Colac Otway Shire has welcomed an agreement from VicRoads to provide a pedestrian walkway on both sides of the Barongarook Creek as part of its Princes Highway duplication project.
VicRoads plans to provide a three-metre wide shared pathway on the southern side of the bridge, and a separate pedestrian bridge on the north side.
This is a welcome boost to the Colac CBD and Entrances Project (also a G21 Economic Development Pillar Project), which identified a range of improvements needed at the eastern approach into Colac.
While VicRoads is leading the duplication project, the Colac Otway Shire has taken an active advocacy role to ensure the project delivered provides the best possible outcomes for the community. They have written to VicRoads to clarify its position on key areas of Colac that will be directly affected by the Princes Highway duplication, and also ask it to reconsider its previous decision not to make any aesthetic improvements to the southern side of the ‘cutting’ at the outer eastern entrance to Colac.
The CBD and Entrances Project clearly sets out the need for improved outer entrances, and in particular some treatments for the embankments.


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

RDA Barwon South West welcomed Martin Ellul who commenced in the role of Regional Director – RDV Barwon South West and Executive Officer – RDA BSW on Monday, 1 December 2014.

Martin was previously the General Manager of Ryans Freighters based in Warrnambool, and joins RDV with over a decade of experience across a number of transport businesses.  He has also worked in finance for a number of years.  He has a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Victoria University and an MBA from the Australian Catholic University.

At the last RDA BSW Committee meeting, Bruce Anson thanked Richard Milne for his professionalism and assistance given to the Committee over the last eighteen months while acting in this role. His leadership and strategic input has been highly regarded.

Applications for Round One of National Stronger Regions Fund have now closed.  The Committee played an important role in promoting and supporting applications.  We wish all those who applied well with their applications.

RDA Barwon South West looks forward to working with regional stakeholders to advance applications for Round Two which opens in May 2015.

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

Have your say on surf life saving’s future

Community comment is being sought on a discussion paper into the future of surf lifesaving on the Surf Coast. With changing demands placed on clubs, a strong local population growth and an increasing number of visitors to the coast, a long term plan is required to ensure clubs along the Surf Coast can adapt to future challenges.
For more information about the project, and for updated workshop consultations, click here.
To join an online discussion, put forward ideas and discuss issues, click here

Food producers asked to take part in survey

The Geelong Food Hub Feasibility Study is calling for participants from within the region’s food industry to take part in a survey to determine the need for a fresh food hub. The study will map local agricultural production, identify barriers and opportunities to growing a connected local food system and explore the feasibility of a food hub. The survey is open until 14 December.

Train station improvements: have your say

Further comment is required to help improve train station infrastructure in Geelong. Issues raised in original surveys include cycling access and storage, pedestrian access and connectivity, bus service improvements and related infrastructure, coordination between bus and train services, and safety within the train, stations and station car parks. Additional survey information will be used to inform future planning for infrastructure near new and existing train stations.The online survey is open 
until 31 December.

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 Oct - Nov 2014

Welcome to our new G21 members

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

Time for Youth
Victorian Workcover Authority

Click here to see the full list of G21 member organisations or to find out about becoming a G21 member organisation.

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