G21 Snapshots - September 2016
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  September 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.

Investors Cotton On to Avalon 
G21 Stakeholder Forum 
$755,000 supports job seekers in GROW target community 
Major Boost for Geelong Startup Community 
Market sounding exercise for Apollo Bay Harbour 
G21 Stakeholder Survey 2016 
Save the date: G21 Annual General Meeting Thursday, 10 November 
Take2 Kicking Goals On Climate Change 
G21 Welcomes Fracking Ban 
Summer Fix for Anglesea River 
End-Of-Life Respite Support for Anam Cara 
Will you be looking for experienced and skilled workers? 
Industry Skills Fund - Delivering skills advice and support to employers 

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


Investors Cotton On to Avalon

Cotton On at AvalonA joint $40 million investment from Avalon Airport and its first major tenant, the Cotton On Group, will see the construction of a new world-class distribution centre at the airport’s proposed new industrial precinct.
The move locks in 300 existing jobs at the Cotton On Group and supports future growth with the company’s major distribution centre moving from a size-constrained site in Lara to a new purpose built 35,000m² facility.
The project will also kickstart the 40-hectare industrial precinct, acting as a drawcard for other businesses wanting to locate their operations there.
The investment will deliver crucial infrastructure for the precinct including roads, electricity and utilities.
The development of Avalon as a domestic and international airport and an industrial precinct is a G21 Priority Project.
Last month, the State Government announced a $1.5 million investment towards the airport’s industrial precinct to help diversify its operations and cement its future as a freight and logistics hub. This support has opened the door to this further investment by the Cotton On Group.
It is estimated by 2026, the industrial precinct project will have created 750 direct jobs on site and up to 1,100 indirect jobs.

Stakeholder ForumG21 Stakeholder Forum

Overwhelmingly the feedback from participants at the recent sell-out 2016 G21 Stakeholder Forum was positive.

Former ABC journalist Kerry O’Brien showed his breadth of political knowledge and history as he gave a frank and sometimes sobering assessment of the current state of politics in Australia.

Both Premier Daniel Andrews and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy gave lively talks on their visions for the state and the region.

For the first time a relaxed panel of innovative women in local business spoke. Joan McGovern (Camilo Olives), Leanne Neeland (Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery) and Lyndsay Sharp (Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Leura Park Estate, Flying Brick Cider Co, Curlewis Golf Club) revealed their secrets to building and sustaining business in our region.

We also heard from local Business and Community Leaders. Dr Kurt Zuelke (Director of Australian Animal Health Laboratory at CSIRO) spoke about the significance of the AAHL as one of only six animal disease facilities worldwide, the only one in the Southern hemisphere. Gary West (General Manager Transurban) spoke about the 13,000 daily travellers from the G21 region who will benefit from the Western
Distributor and Prof Belinda Moyes (CEO Barwon Health) shared her vision of integrated healthcare through partnerships and collaboration for Barwon Health.
If you missed the forum you can listen to the full audio on G21’s SoundCloud site. Geelong Business News videoed Kerry O’Brien’s presentation, which is on its website.

$755,000 supports job seekers in GROW target community

Whittington job seekers will benefit from $755,000 in State Government funding to deliver demand-led employment projects.
The funding, from the Jobs Victorian Employment Network, will deliver ‘demand-led employment’ projects, a key element of the GROW (G21 Region Opportunities for Work) initiative.
This is where the specific workforce needs of employers are identified, and then followed by intensive work with job seekers to ensure they have appropriate skills and training to be effective employees.
The funding will support Whittington Works Alliance’s demand-led employment model. The collaboration between the City of Greater Geelong, GROW and Bethany Community Support will build the capacity of the local workforce by providing jobseekers with industry-relevant skills.
In Colac, GROW has applied for Jobs Victorian Employment Network funding to partner with local agencies to provide long-term, sustainable job outcomes over the next four years. The funding would enable Colac job seekers to better access employment opportunities in the town, through tailored support and training designed to meet specific employer needs.
An outcome from this application is expected shortly.

Major Boost for Geelong Startup Community

Geelong’s ambitions to become a global centre for innovation and entrepreneurship is another step closer with two projects among the recipients of LaunchVic grants.
The Runway project will receive $1.25 million over four years to establish a major startup hub in Geelong.
Runway will act as a catalyst for innovation in the region, creating new businesses and jobs through mentoring, networks, training and access to venture capital.
A separate $450,000 LaunchVic grant will allow Dimension Data and Deakin University to set up a cyber-security incubator to accelerate the development of unique cyber security solutions and intellectual property.
Located at Deakin’s Waurn Ponds campus, the incubator, along with the new cybersecurity degree program being developed at Deakin University to commence in 2017, will help address the massive skills shortage in the Australian cyber security industry.
Applications for the second round of funding will open this month.

Market sounding exercise for Apollo Bay Harbour

Apollo Bay HarbourColac Otway Shire Council will coordinate a market testing exercise for the Apollo Bay Harbour project to gain a better understanding of the private sector’s interest in investing in public and private infrastructure in the precinct.
Market testing will help determine whether the current planning controls support the delivery of the community’s vision for the future of the precinct.
The Apollo Bay community outlined its vision for the redevelopment of the harbour precinct in the Apollo Bay Harbour Masterplan, which was then translated into planning scheme amendment C73.
The community indicated that it wants a special use zone for the harbour precinct, a publicly accessible aquatic and wellbeing centre, no accommodation or hotels, and public infrastructure such as boardwalks, improvements to car parks, public toilets and interpretive signs.
The market testing exercise will provide an understanding of the likelihood of private investment occurring in light of the commercial considerations and expected returns they would need to make to justify making an investment in the area.
Development of the Apollo Bay Harbour Precinct is a G21 Priority Project.

G21 Stakeholder Survey 2016

We need your feedback to help us do our job better.
Each year G21 surveys its immediate “family” members to see how to improve the way we work for the regional community.
It’s a short on-line anonymous survey.
The results are reported to the G21 Board as part of an annual review and do influence G21’s planning.
We’d welcome your input – click here.

Save the date: G21 Annual General Meeting Thursday, 10 November

You are invited to attend the G21 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 5:30pm on Thursday 10 November. The AGM provides members the opportunity to review and celebrate the achievements of the Alliance over the last 12 months, and to hear about G21's plans for the coming year.

This year, two of the elected G21 Directors are due to conclude their term. If you are a member of G21 and interested in becoming a G21 Director, please contact Nada Malinac to obtain a nomination form on (03) 5227 4000 or nmalinac@G21.com.au. Nominations close 5pm, Monday 10 October, 2016.

If the number of nominations received exceeds the number of positions available, the membership will be called upon to vote for their preferred candidate at the AGM.

If a G21 Director or member would like to raise any ‘special business’ at the AGM they must submit their request in writing or via email to Elaine Carbines CEO of G21 at nmalinac@G21.com.au by 5pm, Monday 10 October, 2016. Please ensure you include the nature of the special business and personally sign it.

Minutes from the previous G21 AGM and the Agenda will be distributed to members with a formal invitation on Thursday 20 October, 2016.

Take2 Kicking Goals On Climate Change

More than 180 Victorian-based organisations are partnering with the State Government in its climate change pledge initiative TAKE2.
The State Government has set a series of five year interim targets with the goal of achieving the overall target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 
Effective climate change action needs a collaborative approach. All sectors of the community can play a vital role in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to ensure Victoria makes a meaningful contribution to keeping the temperature rise to under two degrees.
G21 has already signed on, and is proud to be a Founding Partner of TAKE2. G21 was recognised for the efforts of the Environment Pillar, who are creating projects that work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One recently adopted project for the Pillar, the G21 Energy Efficient Streetlights Led Upgrade, would see existing inefficient streetlights replaced with energy efficient lights across the entire G21 region.
Want to get involved but not sure how? The TAKE2 website features hundreds of suggested actions for individuals and organisations in all sectors to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Every Victorian can pledge for action on climate change and play their part.

G21 Welcomes Fracking Ban

G21 has welcomed the State Government’s announcement to permanently ban fracking in Victoria.
The G21 region is an area of high environmental value, an international tourism destination and an important food producing area. Unconventional gas mining would put all this at risk.
The Otways had previously been identified as one of two areas in Victoria with the highest potential for coal seam, shale and tight gas. Incredible, considering that the Otways have nationally significant environmental assets and also functions as a water catchment for a large portion of south-west Victoria.
The G21 Board met with Minister for Resources Wade Noonan in July to express our community’s concern about the impact of fracking on our region.
The decision ends the anxiety felt by Victorian farmers about the environmental and health risks associated with fracking and forms part of the government response to the 2015 Parliamentary Inquiry into Onshore Unconventional Gas in Victoria.
This Inquiry received more than 1,600 submissions, mostly opposed to onshore unconventional gas.

Summer Fix for Anglesea River

The immediate future of the Anglesea River has been secured with water levels to be maintained over summer through a management plan developed in consultation with the local community.
Water will be pumped from an existing Alcoa water storage pond into the Anglesea River between November and March, maintaining adequate water levels for social, economic and environmental benefits.
The Alcoa pond is currently being used to store treated groundwater. Additional water from the river may be extracted during spring – when river water levels are higher – for storage in the pond to ensure there is sufficient water available to discharge over the summer months.
Since the closure of the Anglesea power station, the State Government has been working closely with stakeholders and the Anglesea community to identify short and long-term management options for the river.
Alcoa has made the pond available for use and Barwon Water will install and operate the necessary infrastructure on behalf of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The short-term plan will run as a trial over the upcoming summer period. If successful, it will continue to operate until a long-term management solution is developed.

End-Of-Life Respite Support for Anam Cara

Geelong’s Anam Cara House will receive $120,000 from the State Government to improve access to compassionate end-of-life care and respite services across the Barwon South Western region.
The House will lead a 12–month project with the Barwon South Western Region Palliative Care Consortium, and their service providers, to identify gaps and options to improve respite services for families across the region.
The project will consider the important role that volunteers play in providing high-quality respite care.
Anam Cara House provides support for carers of people with a life-limiting illness within the Geelong region, providing day respite and short term overnight respite.
Will you be looking for experienced and skilled workers?

Ford Australia will cease vehicle production in October 2016, which means you have an opportunity to employ workers with valuable skills.

Incentives are offered to organisations that employ a former automotive worker.  The Back to Work Scheme provides employers with up to $11,000 for hiring and training eligible dairy industry workers and retrenched automotive workers in Victoria who commenced employment from 1 July 2016.

A $15 million allocation has been set aside to dairy industry workers and retrenched automotive workers.

Claims will remain open until the $15 million fund is fully subscribed or 31 March 2017 (whichever occurs first):
  • Dairy industry workers ($5,000)
  • Retrenched automotive workers ($7,000)
An additional amount of up to $4,000 is available to employers who provide accredited training to these eligible employees.
G21 would love to see these retrenched workers back employed.

Industry Skills Fund - Delivering skills advice and support to employers

The Industry Skills Fund (fund) provides eligible businesses with access to training and support services so they are better placed to succeed in a rapidly changing and increasingly competitive economy.
The fund provides training places and support services for industry targeting SMEs, including micro businesses, which are preparing to take up growth opportunities outside of their normal day-to-day business operations.
Large businesses and businesses repositioning due to market driven structural adjustment can also apply.
The Australian Industry Group is delivering these services in the G21 region. Help is available in the following categories:
  1. Skills advice to help identify skills opportunities and maximise training outcomes
  2. Training grant co-investment for businesses to improve the skills of their workforce for an identified growth opportunity.

For further information click here.


RDA BSW Committee update 

Growing Regional Prosperity through Collaboration in the Barwon South West (BSW)

RDA BSW has engaged Deloitte to undertake a strategic assessment to identify the best way to grow regional prosperity through collaboration.  As part of this engagement, the RDA BSW Committee has released its discussion paper Enhancing Collaboration to Grow Our Regional Prosperity for consultation and feedback.  The paper poses questions around:

  • How different levels of government and business collaborate to deliver regional prosperity to the BSW region
  • The main barriers to meaningful collaboration between groups and agencies, and ways to potentially overcome these barriers
  • The current role of your organisation (and others) in building regional prosperity
  • The current use of regional data by relevant agencies.

In coming weeks the current roles and responsibilities of relevant organisations operating across the region will be summarised, examining linkages and overlaps, and opportunities for systematic engagement and data sharing.

This project hopes to determine the ingredients and an agreed way of working together to grow prosperity in the BSW region.  

Feedback is requested by 20 September 2016. Please respond to Meg Bullen meg.bullen@rdv.vic.gov.au.

Fact Sheet - Growing Regional Prosperity through Collaboration in the Barwon South West

2016 Albany & Great Southern SEGRA Conference

RDA BSW is calling for Expressions of Interest from young leaders working and residing in the BSW region (Colac Otway, Corangamite, Geelong, Glenelg, Moyne, Queenscliffe, Southern Grampians, Surf Coast and Warrnambool) aged 20–35yrs to be involved in the 2016 SEGRA Conference.

RDA BSW is a strong advocate for emerging young leaders. This year RDA BSW is sponsoring a delegate to attend the 2016 SEGRA Conference being held in Albany, Western Australia. With a theme of ‘Naturally Stronger Regions: Realising the Potential,’ this conference provides a single forum in which people with a strong commitment to Regional Australia can discuss issues and advance options and solutions for the future.

Eligibility Criteria apply and EOI will close on 28 September, 2016.

Further information including EOI form can be sought by contacting RDA Barwon South West Project Officer, Lyn Moore by email: lyn.moore@rdv.vic.gov.au or phone 03 5215 6062 or mobile 0418 365 105.

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

Items of regional interest 

The Mane Event Music Festival
This two-day extravaganza features the Black Sorrows, Mick Barker & the Heartache State, the Vaudeville Smash, Deep Street Soul, Chris Russell's Chicken Walk and much more, all while raising awareness for suicide prevention and mental health. G21 is proud to sponsor the festival.
Have Your Say On the Future Of Victoria’s Coast
The Marine and Coastal Act Consultation Paper is part of the State Government’s work to strengthen Victoria’s coastal management system. Comments and submissions on the Marine and Coastal Act Consultation Paper are now open and will close on Sunday 23 October 2016 at midnight.
Could you be a mentor?
Diversitat is delivering a youth mentoring program for culturally diverse young people in the Geelong region. They are looking for Geelong based professionals from a wide range of industries to volunteer their time, who: are interested in building social connections and sharing their experiences; can provide support to young people; and interested in doing this in a culturally sensitive, welcoming
and positive manner.
G21 Agri-business Forum Newsletter
The G21 Agribusiness Forum is a coordinated voice for the agribusiness sector in the G21 region, undertaking targeted activities and projects that increase the prosperity and satisfaction of the sector and its participants. 

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 August Key Economic Indicators which monitors the region’s economy. The key points are:

Economic Indicator Data Movement Status
Unemployment rate 5.5% +0.5pts
Average weekly job advertisements 83 +12.2%
New monthly online job advertisements 1,117 -0.2%
Monthly domestic building activity $69.6m -13.5%
Monthly new dwelling building approvals 221 -23.3%
Monthly non-domestic building activity 32.9m +1.8%
Quarterly mediam house price $440,000 +1.1%

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 July-August 2016.

G21 Membership

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

Geelong Sustainability Group 
Katherine (Kathy) Reid 

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.

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Bill Mithen

Bill Mithen
G21 Chairperson
Elaine Carbines

Elaine Carbines
Chief Executive Officer
0437 202 300


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