Snapshots 3
  November 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.

G21 council CEOs Canberra bound 
Annual General Meeting (AGM) a night of reflection 
G21’s 2016 Report to the Region now available 
G21 Partner Workshop: Your place, your health 
G21’s submission on Victoria’s 30-year Infrastructure Strategy 
Welcome to elected Councillors in the G21 region 
Rowers rejoice as Barwon River landing gets a revamp 
Regional perspective essential on saleyards 
Do you want to install solar on your organisation’s building with no capital outlay?  
Showcasing our region again in 2017 
Our Future; Greater Geelong's long term vision and strategy 

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


G21 council CEOs Canberra bound

The CEOs of G21 member councils are heading to Canberra in early December to meet with the heads of key federal departments.
The CEOs will reinforce messages about the G21 region and its priority projects and needs in the minds of the key bureaucrats who advise government.
Six key meetings are scheduled. The agenda includes tourism projects such as the Great Ocean Road precinct, Fort Queenscliff and Apollo Bay Harbour, industry and innovation projects such as Avalon and LAND 400, the importance of GROW to our region, revitalisation of Geelong and the CBD, opportunities around the environment, renewable energy, communications and the arts and specifics around Corangamite’s $20 million Jobs and Investment Fund.
The visit is an important part of G21’s ongoing advocacy program.
A delegation of the full G21 Board earlier in the year met with the Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and key ministers and their shadows. 

Annual General Meeting (AGM) a night of reflection

The G21 AGM held at the City of Greater Geelong’s Council Chambers on November 12, was a celebration of key milestones over the past 12 months. 
CEO Elaine Carbines reflected on G21’s many achievements during 2016. She highlighted the significant progress of the GROW project during the year and noted the success of important G21 Priority Projects, including the commencement of the Western Distributor, which will improve Transport Links to Melbourne, Avalon Airport’s change in eligibility to receive benefits under the Regional Airports Package and the commencement of a Geelong Convention Centre Business Case.

Prior to the close of the evening, former board members were recognised for their tireless contributions. Awards went to former G21 Directors Barbara Abley, Cr Rose Hodge, Henry Bongers and former Councillor, Frank Buchanan. 

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 2017.
Click here to view photos of G21’s AGM.

G21’s 2016 Report to the Region now available

Cover The G21 Report to the Region is now available online or in hard copy.
It’s a great read celebrating our 2016 achievements, including:
  • a month by month account of projects and their achievements
  • in-depth articles focussing on
    • the 2016 federal election
    • G21’s Stakeholder Forum
    • the G21 Board’s delegation to Canberra
    • the transport solution that will improve access to Melbourne
    • an update of the GROW project
    • G21’s work in diversity and inclusive practice
  • 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 Partner Workshop: Your place, your health

The recent G21 Health & Wellbeing Partner Forum brought together
Forum grouprepresentatives from four G21 Pillars and key stakeholders from agencies across the G21 region, to discuss ‘Your place, your health’.

A suite of evidence suggests that an intersection of urban design, transport and population health are becoming increasingly important if we are to tackle the growing burden of chronic disease and road trauma in our cities and communities.

The Health & Wellbeing Pillar, Sport & Recreation Pillar, Planning & Services Pillar and Transport Pillar are tackling this together, in an attempt to create an environment that will achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes for the G21 community.

The Forum featured:
  • Dr Cecily Maller, Senior Research Fellow from RMIT and the recipient of the VicHealth Research Practice Fellowship, who spoke about the planned, emerging and accidental health outcomes of ‘Selandra Rise’, a demonstration housing development in Melbourne’s South-East corridor
  • Harry Barber, an expert adviser with Philip Boyce and Associates, who presented a range of initiatives that could lead to a decline in car dependency, as well as paving the way for increasing social and physical activity.
A workshop provided opportunities to brainstorm ideas and commence work on a range of concepts, including providing training days to those who are not familiar with public transport and encouraging and extending the walk to school program across the G21 region.
Click here to view photos of the HWB Partner Forum.

G21’s submission on Victoria’s 30-year Infrastructure Strategy

G21 made a recent submission to Infrastructure Victoria on the delivery of a 30-year infrastructure strategy for Victoria.
The strategy outlines short, medium and long-term infrastructure needs and priorities for Victoria. It includes a pipeline of projects to provide guidance to government and the community and allow the private sector to plan and make investment decisions.
G21’s submission was consistent with the priorities and actions devised in G21’s Regional Growth Plan Implementation Plan, the G21 Public Transport Strategy and the G21 Region Health and Wellbeing Plan.
Specific to our region, G21’s submission included discussion around:
  • addressing infrastructure demands in areas of high population growth
  • addressing infrastructure challenges in areas with low or negative growth
  • enabling physical activity and participation
  • providing access to high quality education infrastructure to support lifelong learning
  • meeting growing demand for access to economic activity in central Melbourne
  • improving access to jobs and services for people in regional and rural areas.

Welcome to elected Councillors in the G21 region

A big welcome to the new representatives elected to Council in the G21 region earlier this month, as well as those who were re-elected.
From Colac Otway Shire we welcome four new Councillors; Cr Kate Hanson, Cr Joe McCracken, Cr Chris Potter and Cr Jason Schram. Re-elected were Cr Stephen Hart, Cr Chris Smith and Cr Terry Woodcroft.
There were four new Councillors in Golden Plains; Cr David Evans, Cr Joanne Gilbert, Cr Owen Sharkey and Cr Les Rowe, while returning to Council is Cr Nathan Hansford, Cr Helena Kirby and Cr Des Phelan.
The Borough of Queenscliffe welcomed newly elected Cr Ross Ebbels, Cr Tony Francis, Cr Boyce Pizzey and returning Councillor, Cr Susan Salter.
There was little change in the Surf Coast, with Cr David Bell, Cr Libby Coker, Cr Clive Goldsworthy, Cr Rose Hodge, Cr Carol McGregor, Cr Brian McKiterick, Cr Margot Smith and Cr Heather Wellington all re-elected. Cr Martin Duke is new to the Surf Coast Council.
We already have a long and thriving history with many of these representatives and look forward to forging strong relationships with those new to local government.
Congratulations to those elected Mayor for their respective Councils: Cr Chris Potter, Cr Des Phelan, Cr Tony Francis and Cr Brian McKiterick.
The next local government election for the City of Greater Geelong is next October, due to the Council’s dismissal by the Victorian Government earlier this year.

Rowers rejoice as Barwon River landing gets a revamp 

The Barwon River rowing landing is getting a much-needed makeover thanks to $700,000 in funding from the Victorian Government – cementing Geelong’s reputation as one of the state’s premier rowing destinations.
The $850,000 project will replace the 200-metre landing and support the continued success of the region’s popular rowing regattas.
Rowing brings in more than $2.7 million in economic benefits to Geelong each year.
The Barwon River is identified as a priority waterway in the Corangamite Waterway Strategy and is the focus of large-scale restoration in the state water plan – Water for Victoria – released last month.
Water for Victoria prioritises projects which deliver shared environmental, social and economic benefits for the community.
Demolition of the old landing took place in October and building works on the new landing are already underway. Weather permitting, the new landing is due to be completed by the end of December.

Regional perspective essential on saleyards

G21 has welcomed the City of Greater Geelong’s willingness to consult with its partner G21 region councils on the future of the Geelong livestock saleyards.
Any decision by the City of Greater Geelong on the future of the saleyards will consider the needs of the whole G21 region and the ongoing importance of a saleyard to service Geelong and the wider region. While retaining the saleyards in Geelong North remains an option, there are other possibilities which also need to be explored.
The outcome needs to be in the best interests of both our farmers and the region. A regional saleyard doesn’t necessarily have to be within the City of Greater Geelong. It may turn out that the region would be better served by a saleyards located elsewhere.
The four other municipal councils within G21 are willing to work with the City of Greater Geelong in the best interests of the region.

Do you want to install solar on your organisation’s building with no capital outlay?

CORECORE Geelong has been established by Geelong Sustainability to facilitate Geelong’s transition to a sustainable energy system.
They're enabling community investment in renewable energy projects that are financially self-supporting, and return economic as well as social benefits to the community. In short, they’re creating an Energy Democracy!
If you’re interested in hosting a community solar system, they would love to speak with you. What are the benefits of being a host site?
  • No upfront capital required.
  • Immediate benefit of having a solar system installed on site.
  • Reduced and predictable energy costs.
  • Reduced carbon emissions.
  • A solar system owned by your organisation at the end of the project.
  • Enabling community investment in renewable energy brings a raft of environmental and social benefits.
Their community solar model is now under development to unlock local investment in renewables. Projects will be first undertaken in 2017.
Are you interested? For more information, please contact Project Coordinator, Dan Cowdell, or 0428 944 929 

Showcasing our region again in 2017

Our Place website bannerOur Place’ magazine will again showcase the amazing G21 region in 2017.
The annual publication is used throughout the year by companies and organisations to highlight the wonderful lifestyle and initiatives within the G21 region.
‘Our Place’ profiles those who have moved to the area in search of a better quality of life and families who have lived in the region and continue to do so because of its diverse culture, great natural environment and investment opportunities.
The 2017 issue will also showcase our five local municipal councils’ and shires’ current projects, plus a celebration of everything that makes our region a great place to live, work and invest.
For full details on how you or your organisation can be part of ‘Our Place’ click here.
The magazine is a joint initiative of G21 and the Geelong Advertiser Group. It will be published Friday 21 April, 2017. 

Our Future; Greater Geelong's long term vision and strategy

G21 is supporting Our Future, the long-term vision and strategy for the City of Greater Geelong.
Our Future is an ambitious project that aims to collect the views of 25,000 people about what the Greater Geelong region should look like in 30 years and how this is achievable.
The Our Future workshops will explore what makes a community successful, and ask participants how they think Greater Geelong is performing in these areas.
Have your say about the future of Greater Geelong. You can do this by:
  • Reading information about what makes a community successful and completing the survey online
  • Attending a community session about Our Future
  • Holding a workshop or conversation about Our Future with your networks, family and friends.

For further information or a toolkit please go to or email


RDA BSW Committee update 

Earlier this year RDA Barwon South West offered to sponsor a delegate to attend the 2016 SEGRA Conference held in Albany Western Australia. Through an Expression of Interest process, Shaun Miller, Manager Economic Development and Investment from Warrnambool City Council was successful. 

With a theme of ‘Naturally Stronger Regions: Realising the Potential,’ this conference provided Shaun access to expand his network and build relationships with stakeholders at a forum in which people with a strong commitment to Regional Australia can discuss issues and advance options and solutions for the future.

“I was able to capture a lot of information and contacts who are dealing with similar challenges that we have been facing across the Barwon South West Region” reported Shaun.  “A key point value was participating in and winning the SEGRA Challenge where I worked with Cr. Bronwyn Voyce (Councillor, Tablelands Regional Council) to pitch to the conference an issue and how we would address it. Our issue was The Millennial Drain – How might we retain young talent in the regions?”   

As the winner of the SEGRA Challenge Shaun and Bronwyn will be invited back as guests to attend next year’s conference and will be supported by SEGRA to work through their action plan with an opportunity to gain sponsorship and funding support to progress the project.

“Another benefit of attending, was hearing the keynote discussion on ‘Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems’ said Shaun.  The knowledge and contacts I now have enabled me to build a localised business case that if successful will see our region benefit from a partnership with the SPACE Australasia (winner of the SEGRA challenge 2015) and the development of a self-sustaining, start-up and innovation ecosystem across our region.”

For more information please contact the RDA regional office on 03 5215 6000.

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

Items of regional interest

Help G21 support Uniting Care's Xmas Appeal by placing a pressie under our tree

The Uniting Care Christmas Appeal makes Christmas more special for the thousands of Australians who, for various reasons, are unable to celebrate Christmas with gifts. G21 is supporting this program by collecting gifts that will be distributed to local disadvantaged families. Help us and deliver a wrapped gift to the G21 office, 131 Myers St, Geelong. Until 9 Dec 2016.
Mobiles for Minerva
Do you have an old working mobile phone and charger that you no longer need? Donate it to Minerva Community Services. They will clear the phone's history, and give it to a woman who is in immediate danger of violence. Click here for collection points. Until 25 November 2016.
Global crowdfunding volunteering app requires support
Minihero is a Geelong-made volunteering app that connects people in need with people who want to help. A person who needs assistance will post a help request, notifying ‘Miniheros’ in the vicinity. Created by techie and Bell Park resident Damir Kotorić, the app is currently looking for financial support on global crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

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 2016.

G21 Membership

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.

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