G21 Snapshots newsletter - July
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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.

G21 municipal council CEOs head to Canberra
Spreading the Message resource kit launch
New jobs, infrastructure fund for regional Victoria
Jetstar to fly Avalon-Gold Coast daily
Funding for The Gordon supports skills & jobs
Geelong benefits from $6.6m for state job centres
River to run while future of Alcoa Anglesea is determined
Great Ocean Road pedals its way onto the world stage
Golden Plains pipeline Stage 1 complete
Colac 2050 to cater for a population of 20,000
Hockey Pitch Feasibility referred to G21 for regional approach
Melbourne Victory head to Simonds Stadium again
Sandcruiser brings the beach to all! 

RDA BSW Committee update
Items of regional interest
Key Economic Indicators released
Media articles of interest to the G21 region
Welcome to new members


G21 municipal council CEOs head to Canberra

low_CEOstoCanberraA G21 delegation of the region's municipal council CEOs to Canberra last week has advocated for key infrastructure and community development projects.

The delegation met with departmental secretaries and deputy secretaries to explain the challenges facing our region and promote opportunities to invest in key projects that will stimulate the region's economy.

As the principal policy advisers to ministers, Canberra’s senior bureaucrats are important influencers. It's in our region's interests to ensure they understand the region’s issues.

The delegation follows on from the successful delegation of the full G21 Board in March this year, which met with a wide range of ministers and shadow ministers.

The delegation is part of a long-term G21 strategy to reinforce the merits and importance of key projects with decision makers at all levels in Canberra.

It is the first time G21 had marshalled a delegation specifically of municipal CEOs, and the first time G21 had so strategically targeted departmental secretaries.

A number of G21’s Priority Project were on the agenda, including the Geelong Secondary Schools and Community (GSSC) Digital Learning Hub's ultra-fast internet proposal, the Land 400 military vehicle project, support for the growth of Avalon Airport, and the innovative GROW (G21 Region Opportunities for Work) project to address disadvantage.

The CEOs also advocated for their municipalities' current funding applications under various federal government grant schemes.

Keeping Canberra informed is a strategy that has paid dividends for the region in the past and we are confident it will again in coming months and years.

Spreading the Message resource kit launch

Elaine, Fiona & CorrinaG21 has launched the Spreading the Message resource kit to help community, health and education organisations replicate an innovative cultural arts project designed to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

The launch, which also celebrated NAIDOC week, included a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony and traditional dance.

Spreading the Message was undertaken at Northern Bay College in Geelong’s northern suburbs, where students shared their stories through designing and painting timber bollards. The bollards are now significant pieces of public art that attempt to build strong relationships that breakdown stereotypes and discrimination and progress reconciliation.

We are now asking that people consider duplicating this project in their workplace or community group. There are no limits to who can be involved in this project. It is ideal for people of all ages and in any environment.

Artwork could be displayed within services and organisations, on walking tracks and open spaces, in aged care facilities or residential care; the possibilities are endless.

The Spreading the Message video and booklet showcase the stories of the young Aboriginal people involved in the project. It illustrates their experiences in daily life, their personal history and their vision of reconciliation. It is accompanied by a How-to Guide, which outlines the steps required to create a similar project and session plans for facilitators to duplicate.

New jobs, infrastructure fund for regional Victoria

GPAC redevelopmentOn 29 June, the State Government’s officially launched the $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund (RJIF) in Castlemaine.

The Fund will address key challenges and opportunities to unlock regional Victoria's growth potential, focusing on creating jobs, improving the liveability of regional towns, building critical infrastructure and boosting productivity and innovation to support new and emerging industries.

The Fund has three programs with 10 public grant program streams:

The Fund will also deliver $200 million worth of projects and programs committed under the Fund at the election, including the Stage 2 redevelopment of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.

Applications are now open. For further information, application guidelines and information sheets on the program streams, visit www.rdv.vic.gov.au

Jetstar to fly Avalon-Gold Coast daily

Jeststar at AvalonJetstar has announced that it will commence daily return services between Avalon and the Gold Coast from 26 October 2015.

The daily Avalon-Gold Coast service is the result of an agreement signed between the State Government and Jetstar earlier this year that secures operations for the next ten years at Avalon Airport and expands passenger services. As part of the contract, Jetstar is slated to increase the number of flights from five to seven a day and fly to two new domestic destinations.

Increasing flights to and from Avalon, both domestic and international, is a key objective under the G21 Avalon Airport Priority Project. This new development is good news for the local industry, tourism and jobs.

One-third of all arrivals in to Avalon are tourists and the new daily flights are expected to carry an additional 65,000 passengers a year arriving at Avalon Airport from Gold Coast.

Funding for The Gordon supports skills & jobs

Two innovative programs at The Gordon will receive $6 million in State Government funding to get more than 3300 people skilled up for jobs in the growing construction and health care industries.

The funding will allow The Gordon to work with the construction industry and health care providers to focus on areas where there are skills gaps and develop training which leads to jobs.

The $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund is part of a $350 million funding boost to the TAFE system, delivered in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget.

The training offered by these initiatives would also support employers who plan to hire staff as part of the government’s Back to Work Scheme, by creating more job-ready skilled workers in growing industries.

The Back to Work Scheme provides financial assistance to businesses if they hire unemployed young people, retrenched workers or the long-term unemployed.

Geelong benefits from $6.6m for state job centres

Disadvantaged Victorians will be helped by $6.6 million to fund five innovative Work and Learning Centres across Victoria, including one in Geelong.

Norlane’s Work and Learning Centre, run through the Brotherhood of St Laurence, will offer work and training opportunities that support people to grow and develop while boosting their access to jobs and training.

Work and Learning Centres offer tailored, individual support to local job-seekers to help them overcome vocational and non-vocational issues that may be barriers to employment.

The Centres also work closely with local employers to help clients become job-ready, win a job and keep it. This is consistent with the broad objectives of the recently-launched GROW project.

More than 2200 individuals have been supported by the Centres across Victoria so far. Over the next four years, the centres will help 2800 Victorians and create more than 1400 jobs.

The Centres complement the work of the Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs), which help young people who are at risk of dropping out of school and out of the economy.

River to run while future of Alcoa Anglesea is determined

Alcoa’s Anglesea site will continue to release water into the Anglesea River after the coal mine and power station closes next month.

Water flows from Alcoa's site to the Anglesea River will continue at a similar level to recent years, while long-term planning occurs. This is a transitional arrangement following the shutdown of the Alcoa operation.

Alcoa feeds 4.5 megalitres into the river every day as one of three main contributors to the Anglesea River estuary. Unlike Salt and Marshy creeks, the supply is not dependent on rain meaning it can sometimes make up 100 per cent of the river’s volume.

The continuation of water flows from Alcoa's site post operational shutdown closure will be regulated by EPA licence limits.

The State Government together with the Surf Coast Shire will work with the community to better understand the Anglesea River system and identify a range of options for the estuary into the future.

Community consultation will take place in coming weeks, offering an independently facilitated forum for community discussion and feedback on a range of key issues. This includes the future use of crown, water, planning, and the long term vision for the Anglesea region once Alcoa departs.

Great Ocean Road pedals its way onto the world stage

Australia's Tour de France hero, Cadel Evans, was in Geelong to announce that the race named in his honour, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, will return next year at the world-renowned location.

A crowd of around 100,000 spectators lined Geelong's streets and the Surf Coast circuit last year, cheering on some of the world's top riders, and paying tribute to Evans.

Channel Seven broadcast the race nationally, showcasing the Great Ocean Road region to viewers from all over Australia and a further 106 countries.

In a ringing endorsement, the event has been awarded elevated sanctioning from the Union Cycliste International. In principle approval for 1.HC status means the event is only one level below a grand tour, and will help lure the world's top cyclists to Geelong.

The Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is already capturing the attention of the international cycling fraternity. Last year, eight of the world's top UCI WorldTeam outfits competed, and five have already flagged their return in 2016 - including Orica GreenEDGE.

Golden Plains pipeline Stage 1 complete

Barwon Water has completed Stage 1 of an $11.78 million water pipeline that will supply secure, potable water to farm zoned land in the Golden Plains.

The Golden Plains Food Production Precinct, a G21 Economic Development Pillar Project, is 4,000 hectares of agricultural land strategically located 30km north of Geelong.

The first stage of the project, west of Lethbridge, has installed 11.3km of water pipeline and the Medina Road pumping station. The next stage of the project, which will see another 7km of water pipeline installed, will be finished by the end of this year. Additional stages will be triggered by demand.

This infrastructure will trigger further expansion and development of the region’s growing intensive agricultural industry.

Golden Plains Shire already produces 21% of Victoria’s eggs, 11% of poultry, 5% of pigs, and 4% of Victoria’s sheep and lambs. Goat dairy is also strongly represented.

The water supply will lead to $160 million of further intensive agricultural development and 750 new jobs within 10 years.

A Concept Plan, Investment Summary and promotional video have been produced to attract potential investors to the Precinct’s potential.

Colac 2050 to cater for a population of 20,000

Colac Otway Shire has started work on a pro-active long-term plan to grow Colac to cater for a population of 20,000 by 2050.

Colac 2050, a G21 Planning and Services Pillar project, will develop a series of strategies over three years to actively seek new investment and cater for the community’s future infrastructure and service needs.

It will capitalise on the city’s strengths and opportunities, like its affordability and diverse industries, to make Colac an even better place to live, work and invest.  

The first stage of the project will develop a Colac Economic Development and Land Use Strategy that examines future employment needs for Colac and makes recommendations about the requirements in relation to commercial and industrial land.

The economy and employment are key drivers for the city’s future growth and are therefore being prioritised so that Colac Otway Shire can be assertive when developers and local businesses are looking for opportunities to invest or expand.

Hockey Pitch Feasibility referred to G21 for regional approach

The Surf Coast Shire will refer the findings of its Torquay Synthetic Hockey Pitch Feasibility Study to the G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar.

The study was carried out at the same time as a state-wide strategic facilities master plan which was commissioned by Hockey Victoria.

The parallel timing of the studies meant the same consultant could work on both studies resulting in economies of scale and a complementary strategic approach.

The feasibility study into a synthetic hockey pitch at Torquay notes the rapid spike in participation in hockey since the Torquay Hockey club was established five years ago.

Whilst the number of players is currently sitting below the ratio that would normally trigger the development of a synthetic pitch the growth in participation is much higher than state-wide benchmarks, and is likely to increase further through forecast population growth.

The logical next step is to refer the Torquay study to the G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar to inform a coordinated approach to the provision of new hockey facilities in the region.

Melbourne Victory head to Simonds Stadium again

A-League champions Melbourne Victory will return to Geelong in 2016 to take on the Central Coast Mariners at Simonds Stadium.

The title-winning Victory will meet the Mariners on 8 January for what will be the second instalment of a three-year deal between the City of Greater Geelong and the Victorian Government.

A deal brokered by the clubs means the Mariners will be the "home team", and Victory doesn't lose a game in Melbourne.

Geelong's adopted A-League locals are still chasing success in the regional centre, failing to pick up a point in last season's historic match. A crowd of 21,289 braved searing heat to pack Simonds Stadium and watch Perth Glory prevail, 2-1.

Sandcruiser brings the beach to all!

People of all abilities will now be able to enjoy more of the Surf Coast's renowned beaches thanks to a new wheelchair made to cruise on the sand.

The Sandcruiser Wheelchair is one of a number of wheelchairs available that are made to go 'off-road'.

The wheelchair, which can negotiate wet and dry sand or take on shallow water with some assistance, can be booked through Torquay-based surf school Go Ride A Wave.

The Surf Coast Shire now has four beach and trail access wheelchairs including the Sandcruiser available for public use. The Trailrider wheelchair, made for gravel paths and tracks, can be booked from Surf Coast Sport and Recreation Centre while the Anglesea YMCA camp has beach wheelchairs for the water made for adults and children.

Because of the topography and the difficulty moving traditional wheelchairs on sand, the Sandcruiser provides great opportunities for families that include people of all abilities to enjoy the beach together.


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

The Australian and Victorian Governments have announced the Chair and Deputy Chair appointments to Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees across Victoria.

Bruce Anson (CEO, Warrnambool City Council) has been appointed Chair and Peter Dorling (Business Manager, Avalon Airport) has been appointed Deputy Chair of the RDA Barwon South West.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the three-year appointments will provide leadership to RDA committees to drive economic growth and make the most of the potential capability of their region.

“The committees advise on priority activities that have the capacity to unlock regional economic development and improve the productivity of their region.

“RDA committees will provide advice to the Government on critical issues affecting each region and are an important mechanism to increase access to Australian Government programmes in their communities.

Victorian Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the appointments were good news for regional communities across the state.

“The RDA Committees play a crucial role in connecting all three tiers of government with the business sector and local communities to help identify project priorities and funding opportunities,” Ms Pulford said.

“The new Chair and Deputy Chair appointments will ensure Victoria's RDA Committees are best placed to continue to work with the Victorian Government to help drive economic growth, create jobs and grow our regional and rural communities.”

The Chair and Deputy Chair will now move promptly to appoint a team of active local community leaders to support them.

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

Bethany Film Festival - The Selfish Giant

The Bethany Arthouse Film Festival raises vital funds for a variety of programs offered to the Geelong community through Bethany Community Support. August's feature, The Selfish Giant, is a contemporary fable about two scrappy 13-year-old working-class friends who seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, leading to tragic consequences.

18 August 2015, 8pm, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, 50 Little Malop Street, Geelong.

2015 Victorian Agribusiness Summit

This year’s theme is Agribusiness and investment; the dining boom, and will focus on regional jobs, premium produce, farmgates and markets.

31 July 2015, Lindenderry at Red Hill, 142 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill.

Free Trade Agreements – What do they mean for Australian agribusiness?

How can Australian agribusiness be better placed to understand and take advantage of international trade? Forum presenters will talk about what Free Trade Agreements mean for agribusiness and how important they are to expanding Australian agriculture into new markets.

5 August 2015, Marcus Oldham College, 145 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Geelong.

Victorian Regional Achievement & Community Awards

The Victorian Regional Achievement & Community Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural Victoria.

Categories include Environmental Sustainability, Community Group of the Year, Employer Excellence in Aged Care, Community Service in Aged Care, Customer Service, South West Regional Achiever, Regional Safety, Business Achievement and Leadership and Innovation.

Nominations close 24 July 2015.

Reel Health International Short Film Festival

The Reel Health International Short Film Festival showcases a wide array of magnificent short films from all over the world that inspire, touch and challenge audiences. Highlights include a short film following an inspiring group of amputees who formed a rock-climbing group, a young man returning home from an eating disorder clinic as well as a criminal who is overwhelmed by an act of kindness.

Between 1 Aug – 23 Sept at a variety of locations, including Geelong, East Geelong, Norlane, Barwon Heads, Drysdale, Queenscliff, Torquay, Colac and Lorne.

Key Economic Indicators released – June 2015

The City of Greater Geelong has released the June Key Economic Indicators Report which monitors the region’s economy. The key points are:

Economic Indicator
Data Movement Status (Fav/Unfav)
Monthly Unemployment Rate
(Barwon Western District)
8.2% +1.0pts
Average Weekly Job Advertisements
(Barwon Region)
82 +1.2%
New Monthly Online Job Ads
(Geelong & Great Ocean Road)
857 +20.4%
Monthly Domestic Building Activity
(City of Greater Geelong)
$69.7m +7.7%
Monthly New Dwelling Building Activity
(City of Greater Geelong)
187 +2.2%
Monthly Non-Domestic Building Activity
(City of Greater Geelong)
$27.3m +160.0%
Quarterly Median House Prices
(City of Greater Geelong)
$410,000 +0.7%
Quarterly ABN Registrations
(City of Greater Geelong)
1,084 +9.7%

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 May - June 2015

Welcome to our new G21 members

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

Australian Lamb Group

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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