Friends of the G21 region,
e-News provides you with a sense of the important issues, activities and proposed projects within the G21 region.
What an election!The recent federal election is one most Australian’s just want to forget, as the campaign seemed like it was never going to end.
Sadly for our region, significant shovel-ready and region-building G21 Priority Projects were ignored by the parties during eight weeks of campaigning.
Region-wide benefits would have come from a commitment to upgrade Geelong’s much-loved GPAC.
An investment in the Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct development would have guaranteed future harbour festivals and events worth millions of dollars annually to the local economy.
None of the parties committed to securing access to high-speed learning platforms through the Geelong Secondary Schools and Community Digital Learning Hub for education of secondary students across the region.
Many local schools can’t offer more than a few students at a time access to on-line learning. A $4.7m commitment would have provided access to entire schools, at speeds much superior to the NBN.
The G21 region is enthusiastically adopting the GROW (G21 Opportunities for Work) initiative to address pockets of disadvantage. GROW promotes the use of local suppliers, products and services to keep expenditure within the region, helping to create new local jobs, especially in pockets of greatest disadvantage.
Disappointingly, the Coalition didn’t match Labor’s $2m campaigning commitment to GROW. Liberal MP for Corangamite Sarah Henderson did however commit to ‘fight hard’ for funding under the proposed Try, Test & Learn Fund.
G21 is keen to work side-by-side with Sarah to make sure that, or similar, funding happens for GROW.
The Coalition did announce a $20m Jobs & Investment Package for Corangamite and Geelong. The announcement didn’t specify recipients, but set down eligibility criteria, including the need for matching funding.
Hopefully, GROW and the other already-mentioned shovel-ready infrastructure projects in the region will be eligible.
G21 watches with interest.
G21 Forum to be 'best ever'
Renowned journalist, author and former ABC presenter Kerry O’Brien, Premier Daniel Andrews and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy will be key-note speakers at this year’s G21 Stakeholder Forum.
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