G21 Snapshots newsletter - June
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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.

FEATURE ARTICLES
Northern Health Hub chosen for Barwon Health-North
G21 Board endorses new Priority Project
#G21RefugeeWeek celebrates Refugee Week through social media
Baanip Boulevard to open ahead of schedule
G21 and AFL Barwon Regional Strategy released
Metro-style train services for Geelong
Study into LPG auto industry for Geelong
New fund to drive regional jobs and growth secured
Relocation of WorkSafe to Geelong moves forward
Partnership links Geelong students to jobs training
New multilingual resources on eye health and vision care

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

FEATURE ARTICLES

Northern Health Hub chosen for Barwon Health-North

A $33 million Barwon Health-North facility will be built in Norlane as part of Geelong’s new Northern Arts, Recreation and Community (ARC) Health and Wellbeing Hub.
 
This is a key piece of infrastructure in the G21 Addressing Disadvantage Priority Project.
 
Barwon Health-North will provide a range of community-based health care services, including medical imaging services, same-day medical services and an urgent care centre, which aims to reduce pressure on local hospitals by giving people an alternative to going to a hospital emergency department for non-emergency care.
 
This state-of-the-art facility will be built facing the Princess Highway to provide easy road, public transport and pedestrian access for the growing community in Norlane and surrounding suburbs.
 
Locating the facility in the Northern ARC will integrate high quality healthcare with other community facilities and promote better health and wellbeing in general for residents in Geelong’s north.
 
Currently home to Waterworld Leisure Centre, Centenary Hall and Corio Library, the Northern ARC has recently undergone master planning. It includes the development of a new integrated aquatic and leisure centre (to replace the old Waterworld facility), a new Corio Library, enhanced outdoor spaces and improved pedestrian paths and trails linking surrounding facilities.
 
Construction of Barwon Health-North is expected to start in the second half of 2016, and is due to be completed in 2017.

G21 Board endorses new Priority Project

low_GSSC 2At its May Board Meeting the G21 Board endorsed a new Priority Projects at the recommendation of the Education and Training Pillar Group. G21 now has 16 Priority Projects endorsed.

Geelong Secondary Schools & Community (GSSC) Digital Learning Hub
There is a growing need to increase internet capacity and improve access to digital learning and cloud-based resources to meet the contemporary learning demands of students and teachers in the G21 region.
 
The GSSC Digital Learning Hub will deliver world class, high-speed internet access through Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet). Hub partners; G21 region secondary schools (Catholic, Independent & Government) with Deakin University, The Gordon and Geelong Regional Library Corporation, will share infrastructure and resources that will provide a high-speed platform for innovation, education, research, collaboration and e-commerce.
 
AARNet (a not-for-profit company owned by Australian universities and the CSIRO) will provide each partner with a high-speed connection of 1Gbs to meet the learning requirements of their students, teachers and wider community. No other current or future telecommunication provider (including the NBN Co) can provide, or are designed to deliver, the learning content to the number of users that each of the GSSC Digital Learning Hub partners support at their individual sites.

#G21RefugeeWeek celebrates Refugee Week through social media

low_TiMoFor the second consecutive year, the G21 Refugee and Asylum Seeker Group is coordinating a social media campaign in support of Refugee Week (14-20 June, this week!).
 
G21’s  campaign centres on the use of the hashtag: #G21RefugeeWeek to promote local resources and services that support refugees and asylum seekers in our community.
 
Do you want to be a part? You can help by sharing or re-tweeting our stories through your networks on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Alternatively, you may have your own story to share.
 
You could highlight the important roles refugees and asylum seekers play within a rich and strong community such as the G21 region. Or, you could create a post recognising the service of one of the many passionate organisations, advocacy groups or community and health services who work to improve the lives of brave and courageous people who have fled their countries in fear of persecution.
 
If  you use the #G21RefugeeWeek hashtag, we will re-tweet or share your post to our network.
 
To monitor G21’s social media campaign, ‘like’ G21 on Facebook and follow @G21_Geelong on Twitter using #G21RefugeeWeek.

Baanip Boulevard to open ahead of schedule

low_BaanipThe $90.4 million upgrade to Baanip Boulevard between the Surf Coast Highway and Ghazeepore Road has officially opened six months ahead of schedule.
 
Baanip Boulevard is a two-lane, two-way arterial road, including a bridge over the Geelong Warrnambool railway line. This important road connection, an element of both the Geelong Ring Road connections and Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area Priority Projects, will provide a more direct route for commuters travelling to and from Melbourne via the Geelong Ring Road.
 
It provides a connection from the Geelong Ring Road to the Surf Coast Highway, delivering a more effective route for freight and tourist traffic travelling to the Surf Coast, and is important in the development of the Armstrong Creek precinct, providing access to new and existing communities.
 
Extensive landscaping works have been completed in the area, including a complete avenue of trees and a shared pedestrian/cyclist path which runs the length of the road.

G21 and AFL Barwon Regional Strategy released

low_AFLStratThe average community football and netball club in Victoria makes an annual economic contribution of $630,000, and returns a social value of $4.40 for every dollar spent.
 
That’s according to the G21 and AFL Barwon Regional Strategy, adopted by G21 after ratification by its five member councils.
 
The strategy will guide the future development, governance and growth of football and club-based netball across the region. It identifies the key issues and opportunities affecting the sports’ development, and looks at how best clubs can develop and infrastructure be improved.
 
Key concepts of the strategy include supporting the capacity building of clubs and their people; maximising the carrying capacity of existing facilities; developing new facilities in key growth areas and enhancing the relationship between football, netball, government and community partners.
 
The strategy also identifies state-wide challenges facing football and netball clubs, including an ongoing struggle to meet asset renewal requirements and exorbitant player payments, which are taking money away from facility improvements and junior development.

Metro-style train services for Geelong

Untitled-2 2New timetables for the much anticipated 21 June opening of the $3.65 billion Regional Rail Link project have been released.
 
The new timetable adds 200 services every week between Geelong and Melbourne, including trains every 10 minutes in the morning peak and every 20 minutes off-peak on weekdays.
 
Improved rail services, including 20 minute frequency Melbourne-Geelong off-peak services, was a key element of the G21 Regional Rail Connections Priority Project, and was recommended in the G21 Public Transport Strategy released last year.
 
New bus networks in Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula will coincide with the opening of  the Regional Rail Link, providing more extensive, frequent, reliable and direct bus services, coordinated with trains.
 
The new timetables are now available from Public Transport Victoria’s website. Further information is available at ptv.vic.gov.au or by calling 1800 800 007 (6am – midnight daily).

Study into LPG auto industry for Geelong

The Victorian Government will provide $60,000 towards a demand study for an LPG vehicle production plant in Geelong, fulfilling a key election commitment.
 
The four month study will assess the establishment of large-scale dedicated vehicle manufacturing and conversion facilities and evaluate the benefits of setting up a centre of excellence for research and innovation in auto LPG technologies.
 
The project could create investment and export opportunities, create high skill engineering and manufacturing jobs and provide jobs for displaced workers from conventional auto manufacturing.
 
The Australian auto industry has experienced a decline in the number of LPG conversions, which has impacted sales, businesses and jobs in the sector, and led to uncertainty around future demand for LPG vehicles.
 
The study will assess the current and future LPG vehicle market, providing an analysis of key factors around vehicle procurement by fleet managers and identify economic and technology factors influencing the uptake of LPG vehicles in Australia.

New fund to drive regional jobs and growth secured

The Victorian Government has established a $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to create jobs and drive economic growth in regional Victoria.
 
The Regional Development Victoria Amendment (Jobs and Infrastructure) Bill passed the Legislative Council, formally establishing the Fund and securing $200 million worth of projects and programs committed under the Fund at the state election.
 
The Fund allows the government to invest in new projects across regional and rural Victoria that will build critical infrastructure, grow jobs and support emerging industries. Locally, the Stage 2 redevelopment of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (a G21 Priority Project) initiative is included under this Fund.
 
Program design and application guidelines are currently being prepared, with the Fund due to come into effect from 1 July, 2015.

Relocation of WorkSafe to Geelong moves forward

WorkSafe has called for expressions of interest to design and build its new Geelong head office.
 
This move will bring jobs and growth to the region, with the entire headquarters and majority of staff to be relocated.
 
The expression of interest also explores the possibility of WorkSafe co-locating with the National Disability Insurance Agency.
 
WorkSafe will now commence consultation with its staff to provide an opportunity for employees to give feedback on the proposed approach to the relocation.
 
Negotiations will also commence in June on a relocation package agreement that supports WorkSafe employees in their move to Geelong.

Partnership links Geelong students to jobs training

Geelong secondary school students will be able to better connect with training for future jobs in the region’s growing industries under a new program launched by the Victorian Government.
 
The Geelong Tertiary Futures Program will partner secondary schools with The Gordon to help prepare students for tertiary study to support their future careers.
 
Over the next three years, up to 1800 Year 9 students from Newcomb Secondary College, Western Heights College, Northern Bay P-12 College and Bellarine Secondary College will participate in 10 days of orientation at The Gordon.
 
Students will spend five days completing two modules of the Certificate I in Employment Pathways and five days for students to undertake five preview courses from a selection of 27 courses on offer at The Gordon.
 
The program, delivered under Skilling the Bay, aims to support students in identifying a suitable education pathway for their future career. It also helps in keeping them engaged at school and giving them the best start to their working life.

New multilingual resources on eye health and vision care

As Victoria’s migrant and refugee population continues to grow, vision loss rates in Victoria are tipped to escalate unless non-English speaking Victorians start having regular eye examinations.
 
Non-English speaking residents rank among the lowest in Victoria for having eye examinations, with 23.2 per cent never having had an eye examination. Reasons for this include language and cultural issues, cost misconceptions, a lack of awareness about the importance of eye examinations and not knowing where to access services.
 
Eye examinations are critical for the early detection of eye disease, as 75 per cent of blindness and vision loss in Australia preventable or treatable if detected early.
 
In a bid to prevent this, a suite of multilingual eye health resources that demystify eye health for Victoria’s non-English speaking community and educate them about the importance of proactive eye health have been created. The resources work towards eliminating some of these barriers so vulnerable groups do not go unnecessarily blind.
 
Available in six languages - Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese - the resources highlight the importance of regular eye examinations and explain eye health services available.

REGULAR SNAPSHOTS FEATURES

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

grantThe RDA BSW Committee have organised a Grant Writing Workshop to be held in Geelong  in the Deakin Cats Education Centre at Simonds Stadium on Tuesday 7 July 2015.
 
The session is designed to assist participants to

  • understand the requirements of the National Stronger Regions Grants and how to meet the requirements
  • frame your proposal to support the fund objectives
  • prepare the accompanying documentation including winning business cases and project plans
  • gather ideas on how to provide evidence against the grant criteria
  • get the most out of your partnerships.

For more information, please contact Lyn Moore at 5215 6062 / 0418 365 105 Email: lyn.moore@rdv.vic.gov.au or the RDA regional office on 03 5215 6000.

Click here to visit the RDA Committee website
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Items of regional interest

Opportunities for diversity in the public sector
The public sector has led corporate Australia in building gender diversity within senior leadership positions. But how good is the public sector's record in increasing other forms of diversity? G21’s CEO Elaine Carbines hosts this Q&A style breakfast session that asks, ‘Is diversity part of the answer to a better performing public sector?’

23 June, 7-9am, Novotel, 10-14 Eastern Beach, Geelong.
 
We are better than this
Julian Burnside is a barrister, human rights advocate, writer and winner of the Sydney Peace Prize for his role as an advocate for the rights of asylum seekers. Julian will unearth the common myths of the asylum seeker debate and argue for a more reasoned, compassionate approach to the issue.
 
23 July, 6.30pm, Geelong West Town Hall, 153 Pakington Street Geelong West.


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 Apr - May 2015


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If you want further information or wish to bring something to our attention, please contact either of us at the numbers or addresses given below or refer to the G21 website at www.G21.com.au.
 
 
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Cr Darryn Lyons
G21 Chairperson

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Elaine Carbines
Chief Executive Officer

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ecarbines@G21.com.au
   
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