G21 Snapshots - August 2016
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  August 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.

Geelong Convention Centre a Step Closer 
G21's Chair & CEO on Barwon Regional Partnership 
Sale of land makes way for health and medical facility in Geelong’s north 
40km/h zone under consideration to improve CBD road safety 
Victoria Has Capability to Be Part of Land 400 
Colac's Australian Lamb Co in 10-Year Coles Deal 
Golden Plains Farmers Market Set to Sprout 
New High-Security Prison Unit at Lara 

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 


Geelong Convention Centre a Step Closer

Convention CentreDeakin University and the Victorian Government will work together to plan development of the University’s Geelong Waterfront landholdings.
Deakin University’s waterfront car park site will be the focus of a business study for a convention centre, which would stimulate tourism and business growth for the Geelong region.
The proposal will include a conference venue with the capacity for 1000 people, 3000 square metres of exhibition space, banquet facilities, meeting rooms, a business centre and retail outlets.
The Victorian Government will invest $1 million in developing plans for the convention centre, with the completed business case to be considered as part of the 2017/18 Victorian Budget.
Previous work suggests a convention centre would deliver an estimated $350 million to the regional economy during construction and $50 million to the region once operational, including 600 jobs during construction and 270 ongoing jobs in the region.
 A masterplan for the precinct would be developed alongside a business plan for a convention centre on the university’s main Waterfront car park, between Western Beach Road and Smythe Street.
The development of a convention and exhibition centre in Geelong is a G21 Priority Project.

G21's Chair & CEO on Barwon Regional Partnership

Regional Management ForumVisionary volunteers and Aboriginal leaders, regional health advocates and education champions, innovators and entrepreneurs are among the inaugural members of the Barwon Regional Partnership.
G21 chair Bill Mithen and CEO Elaine Carbines are both members, while the Partnership will be chaired by Geelong business woman and Geelong Chamber of Commerce president Kylie Warne.
Mr Kean Selway, Deakin University vice president and chief operating officer, will be deputy chair.
The other members are:

  • Keith Baillie, CEO, Surf Coast Shire
  • Lenny Jenner, CEO, Borough of Queenscliffe
  • Kelvin Spiller, CEO, City of Greater Geelong
  • Sue Wilkinson, CEO, Colac Otway Shire
  • Simon Phemister, Deputy Secretary-Economic Policy and State Productivity, Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Rod Jackson, CEO, Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative
  • Matthew McDonald, CEO, SeaRoad Ferries
  • Anne-Marie Ryan, CEO, Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network (GRLLEN)
  • Nick Stanley, Co-founder and CEO, Tribal Campus
  • Libby Mears, CEO, Leisure Networks and Trustee, Kardinia Park Stadium Trust

Supporting local manufacturing, managing the impacts of transitioning industries, generating new jobs and tackling disadvantage are likely to be among the matters addressed by the Partnership.
Together, they have a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing local families, workers and businesses in their regional communities. 

Sale of land makes way for health and medical facility in Geelong’s north

Barwon Health NorthThe City of Greater Geelong has agreed to the sale of a parcel of land located at Waterworld.
The land will be purchased by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and will be used for the state-of-the-art Barwon Health North medical facility.
This is a key piece of infrastructure in the G21 Addressing Disadvantage Priority Project.
The Victorian Government provided $33 million funding for the facility in the 2014-15 budget.
The health facility is the first stage of a 10-15 year vision to develop an integrated health and wellbeing hub incorporating meeting places, arts, recreational, community and health services, known as Northern ARC.
It 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.
A recent report by The Grattan Institute highlights the need for improved health facilities in our northern suburbs to prevent further health inequalities.

40km/h zone under consideration to improve CBD road safety

Traffic on Ryrie StThe City of Greater Geelong is seeking the community’s views on plans to improve the Geelong CBD’s safety by possibly introducing a 40km/h speed limit zone.
The reduced speed zone would improve safety for all road users and improve access for pedestrians. A 40 km/h speed limit had been successfully introduced to other major cities in Australia, including Melbourne CBD.
The proposed reduced speed limit would be part of a comprehensive look at central Geelong’s traffic movements, including traffic signal sequencing. This contributes to the implementation of the Central Geelong Action Plan, a G21 priority under its Central Geelong Revitalisation project by encouraging safe pedestrian movement and street activity.
When driving along Ryrie Street from Latrobe Terrace to Swanston Street, at 40km/h versus 50km/h, the difference in travel time is around 23 seconds.  In a congested environment, dropping the speed limit has little impact on travel time, but is proven to improve safety for all road users.
In the past five years there have been 156 crashes in Central Geelong. Of these, 52 people suffered serious injuries. Worldwide road safety figures show that when the speed limit drops, so too does the road trauma.

Victoria has Capability to be Part of Land 400

Rheinmetall's Land 400 bidBAE Systems Australia and Rheinmetall Landsysteme have been shortlisted by the Commonwealth to proceed to the test and trials phase of the LAND 400 Phase 2 selection process.
Team Sentinel, which committed to set up an assembly plant in Geelong if successful in their bid, did not go through.
There is still hope of securing work in the G21 region, either through persuading the two contenders to set up operations in the G21 region (though BAE Systems looks likely to establish its bid from South Australia), or as suppliers to the defence industry.
The Victorian Government has had discussions with both companies and offered support to them to locate their LAND 400 Phase 2 operations in Victoria and integrate Victorian suppliers into their supply chains.
Land 400 is a G21 Priority Project.  Strategically the G21 region is well-positioned to assist in the design, production and maintenance of the Army's proposed new combat vehicle.

Colac's Australian Lamb Co in 10-Year Coles Deal

Colac processor, Australian Lamb Company Group (ALC) has signed a 10-year supply contract to Coles supermarkets.
The deal is a major boost for Victoria’s south west region and will see ALC supply lamb to Coles supermarkets throughout eastern Australia.
A $30 million investment by ALC in its facilities will also ensure production capacity is increased to supply Coles, and also assist them in expanding its export customer base.
The deal will see ALC employ up to 60 new people in the area.
ALC has already invested heavily in its Colac plant to put itself at the forefront of its industry. At a time when rural Australia is experiencing a shrinking of its economies and communities, Colac Otway is bucking the trend, supported by future-focussed companies such as ALC.

Golden Plains Farmers Market Set to Sprout

Bannockburn’s Golden Plains Farmers’ Market is set to be upgraded thanks to a $30,000 investment from the State Government to improve the market infrastructure and shopping experience for visitors.
The project will also support the growth of the Golden Plains Farmers’ Market by developing a promotional campaign including quarterly and monthly advertising across radio and print to increase the number of people attending the market.
The project includes:

  • Improving the market experience by up-skilling stall holders with additional business and customer service training
  • Providing stall merchandising and product display upgrades
  • Creating a new mobile friendly website featuring updated content and design
  • New market equipment including signage, wireless speakers, tables and seating
  • New market infrastructure to allow for the safe expansion of the market site.

The project will ensure the market remains a strong attraction and visitor numbers continue to grow.
Farmers’ markets are an important source of income for small agricultural businesses in regional Victoria as profits go straight to the producer and serve to strengthen the local economy. Farmers’ markets also help attract tourists and boost local jobs through flow-on sales in nearby towns.

New High-Security Prison Unit at Lara

A new state-of-the-art high-security unit at Barwon Prison in Lara has opened, creating more than 50 new local jobs.
The 40-bed Olearia unit will accommodate prisoners who pose the greatest security and safety risk, or who need to be separated from the mainstream prisoner population for their own protection.
The new facility has created more than 50 new jobs for locals – including 42 custodial staff to be permanently employed, providing around-the-clock security and supervision.
The unit includes dedicated interview rooms, visit and program areas, medical facilities and observation cells, as well as the most technologically advanced security systems.
It builds on the Victorian prison system’s ability to meet the challenges of a complex prisoner population.
High-security units are responsible for some of the state’s most hard-to-manage prisoners, including gang members and prisoners who are violent towards staff and other prisoners.


RDA BSW Committee update 

RDA Barwon South West members appointed to Barwon and Great South Coast Regional Partnerships
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford launched the Victorian Government’s Regional Partnerships on 4 August 2016 (see above).
The link to the Commonwealth Government is provided through the Regional Development Australia Barwon South West Committee to facilitate an ongoing dialogue between regional partnerships in recognition of the complimentary roles and differentiated responsibilities.
The two Regional Partnerships will hold a Regional Assembly later this year with Great South Coast to hold theirs on 6 October and the Barwon Assembly scheduled on 2 November. The Regional Assembly will engage community members, councils and other elected officials on the priorities for their region.
The nine Regional Partnership Chairs have also been appointed to the Regional Development Advisory Committee (RDAC).  RDAC is chaired by the Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford and is an independent committee established under the Regional Development Victoria Act 2002 to:

  • Provide advice to the Minister for Regional Development on policies, projects and issues related to rural and regional Victoria
  • Undertake research in relation to rural and regional Victoria
  • Consult stakeholders on the development of rural and regional Victoria
  • Undertake other activities related to rural and regional Victoria as directed by the Minister.

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 

Sales and marketing automation: Revenue generation on auto-pilot
Learn how automated sales and marketing can revolutionise your business – giving you back your time and ensuring that these crucial business tasks are not left unattended. Weds 24 Aug, 7-9am, Simonds Stadium, South Geelong
Small Business Retail Regulation Review
The Victorian Government is looking at what they can do to cut regulatory burdens for retail small businesses. They want to know what specific challenges - or good experiences - you have had when you have tried to set up or expand your business. Make sure you share your story.
APPLICATIONS OPEN - Young Farmers Scholarship
The Upskill and Invest - Young Farmers Scholarship is an opportunity to invest in you and your career. Up to $10,000 is available per scholarship: $5,000 towards study backed by further funds of up to $5,000 to invest on-farm or in professional development activities, to help put new skills into practice. Applications close Friday 26 August 2016.
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.

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

Economic Indicator Data Movement Status
Unemployment rate 5.0% -
Average weekly job advertisements 74 -26.0%
New monthly online job advertisements 1,137 -5.4%
Monthly domestic building activity $80.5m -10.7%
Monthly new dwelling building approvals 288 +14.7%
Monthly non-domestic building activity 32.3m -41.6%
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

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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