G21 Snapshots newsletter - December
  December 2015
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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.

Western Distributor project gets green light
Government support for GROW continues
New destinations for Jetstar
Grants to boost innovation and industry in Geelong region
AGM a night of reflection
G21’s 2015 Report to the Region now available
G21 Board update
Victoria’s Regional Statement launched
Infrastructure strategy being developed from the ground up
G21 Sport & Recreation Pillar celebrates great planning with award wins!
Reverse Engineering approach to achieve Harbour redevelopment
Expressions of Interest for Motorcross land
Bells Beach Coastal Management Plan will protect iconic reserve
Have your say on the future of Point Henry and Moolap Coastal Land

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


Western Distributor project gets green light

The State Government will partner with Transurban to build the $5.5 billion Western Distributor Project, delivering a motorway alternative to the West Gate Bridge and moving trucks off local roads in Melbourne’s west.

A business case has been submitted to the Federal Government and Infrastructure Australia for assessment and funding consideration.

Reducing congestion around the West Gate Bridge to improve transport links to Melbourne is a G21 Priority Project.

The Western Distributor will take 6,000 trucks off the West Gate Bridge, and create 5,600 new jobs by:
  • widening the West Gate Freeway (from 8 to 12 lanes)
  • building a tunnel under Yarraville and a second river crossing over the Maribyrnong
  • constructing an elevated road along Footscray Road with direct links to the Port of Melbourne.
Importantly, the Western Distributor will help wipe around 15 minutes off trips to Melbourne from the G21 region.

The project will be funded through a combination of tolling on the Western Distributor, an extension of Transurban’s CityLink concession, and State and Federal contributions.

Government support for GROW continues

GROW COmpact signingMember for Western Victoria, James Purcell MLC, has called on the State Government to fund the G21 Region Opportunities for Work (GROW) project in parliament.

His request noted that, ‘innovative programs which encourage people back into the workforce must be strongly supported’.

His appeal is just another indicator that politically, the project celebrates generous support.

Meetings and discussions have been held with elected members on all sides of parliament, at a State and Federal level. These response has been overwhelmingly positive.

Last month GROW brought together philanthropic, business, government and community organisations across the G21 region to sign the GROW Compact.

By signing this agreement, each organisation committed to integrating the GROW philosophy; that a prosperous community cares for the well-being of all its members; into their own company’s values and daily operations. Initiative like this will lead to the creation of job opportunities specifically benefiting the most disadvantaged in our community.

Take the Regional procurement survey

The GROW Project is now exploring the opportunities and benefits available to the region by strengthening local spending.

The Regional Procurement Economic Modelling (RPEM) project is trying to determine the impact of local and social procurement on economic development and job creation in the region.

We encourage you to complete this brief survey to help determine how, why and where local organisations do their purchasing.

New destinations for Jetstar

Jetstar has announced it will launch new routes to Hobart and Adelaide from March next year, taking the total number of Australian cities Avalon services to four.

The airline will offer three weekly flights to Adelaide and four to Hobart, complementing the daily flights Jetstar already operates between Avalon and Sydney, and Avalon and the Gold Coast.

This is welcome news for the G21 region and will boost local employment and tourism. Securing the future of Avalon Airport is a G21 Priority Project.

Jetstar has committed to a decade of flying from Avalon, following a review of its Avalon operations and subsequent striking of a $26 million deal with the State Government and Linfox.

That deal specified introduction of two new destinations alongside existing Sydney flights but Jetstar’s announcement raises the bar to three. The two new routes will bring 65,000 new seats a year into Avalon.

Grants to boost innovation and industry in Geelong region

The third round of the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund will benefit from grants totalling $11.2 million which will create 145 jobs and boost investment by $44 million across the region.

Successful applicants were:
  • $3.5m - Associated Kiln Driers - to install sawmilling technology and upgrade dry mill to improve productivity and recovery –20 jobs
  • $3.3m - Air Radiators – to expand opportunities for aluminium heat exchangers to be used to cool engines operating in harsh or isolated environments – 30 jobs
  • $3m - M.C. Herd Proprietary – to construct and commission a semi-automated stock cutting room to increase production capacity for the domestic and export market – 40 jobs
  • $630,032 - The Edge Glass – to purchase and install new equipment that increases quality, accuracy, throughput and product range – 16 jobs
  • $384,467 - Irrewarra Estate – to invest in innovative equipment and technology that allows increased production and expansion – 20 jobs
  • $225,000 - Caronlab Australia – to purchase and install machinery that supports export growth initiative – 8 jobs
  • $135,000 - Jeff Sykes & Associates – to design and build new technologies to manufacture rowing equipment – 11 jobs
The Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund is a $29.5 million package developed by the State and Federal Governments to encourage new investment in the G21 region that creates new and sustainable jobs.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) a night of reflectionG21's AGM

Over sixty members and stakeholders attended the G21 AGM held at the City of Greater Geelong’s Council Chambers on Thursday, November 12.

CEO Elaine Carbines reflected on G21’s many achievements during 2015, in particular the significant progress of the GROW project during the year and G21’s increasingly expansive government advocacy, which this year included meetings with federal departmental secretaries for the first time.

Prior to the close of the evening former board members and G21 staff were recognised for their tireless contributions. Awards went to:
  • former G21 Directors Cr Margot SmithG21's AGM
  • Ingrid Burkitt, who was the team leader and principal consultant in coordinating the project team, research and writing of the GROW Strategic Plan. This vital piece of strategic planning sets a foundation for all future work on reducing persistent disadvantage in areas of our region.
  • former G21 employees Dr Sarah Leach, Narelle Watts and Nicole Langtip.
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 the lead up to next year’s Federal election.

Click here to view photos of G21’s AGM.

G21’s 2015 Report to the Region now available

R2R coverThe G21 Report to the Region is now available online or in hard copy.

It’s a great read celebrating our achievements on 2015, including:
  • a month by month account of projects and their achievements
  • in-depth articles focussing on
    • the fruition of our funding successes
    • G21’s Stakeholder Forum
    • the G21 Board’s delegation to Canberra
    • the value of Jetstar’s commitment to Avalon on our region
    • an update of the GROW project
    • G21’s work in the family violence area
  • 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 Board update

G21’s November Board meeting saw a new (but familiar) face at the table, with Cr Rose Hodge joining the G21 Board as a Council appointed Director representing the Surf Coast Shire.

Mr Henry Bongers (Director, BDH Constructions) Mr Jason Trethowan (Chief Executive Officer of Western Victoria Primary Health Network) and Bernadette Uzelac (Executive Officer, Geelong Chamber of Commerce) were re-elected to the G21 Board for a two-year period at G21’s AGM.

Cr Darryn Lyons was re-elected to the position of Chairperson and Henry Bongers was elected to the position of Deputy Chairperson, for a two year period.

Victoria’s Regional Statement launched

Victoria’s Regional Statement will change the way government works with the Barwon region.

It will give regional communities a stronger voice in government decision-making by directing priorities identified by regional communities straight into the heart of the government’s agenda.

Nine new Regional Partnerships will be established with representatives from community, business and all three levels of government.

Each Regional Partnership will ensure government decisions and investment in each area reflects the priorities of the families, workers and businesses in that area.

The Statement highlights the opportunities and challenges for the Barwon region, including:
  • Refocusing the economy to accommodate growth through employment opportunities
  • Supporting the important role advanced manufacturing will play in the local economy through cutting edge projects
  • Tackling disadvantage in Corio and Norlane, two of the most disadvantaged postcodes in Victoria.
Infrastructure strategy being developed from the ground up

Work has started on a 30-year infrastructure strategy for Victoria, with population growth, technology advances and environmental challenges among the key considerations of the strategy.

Infrastructure Victoria has released an introductory paper - From the Ground Up - to outline some of the issues, ideas and opportunities it will be considering as it develops its strategy.

Having the right infrastructure in place at the right time is critical. Good choices surrounding how we use, maintain, build and fund infrastructure to put Victoria in a strong position for future generations.

Infrastructure Victoria would be calling on the community and stakeholders throughout 2016 to help in the development of the strategy.

Michel Masson appointed Infrastructure Victoria CEO

Michel Masson has been appointed the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure Victoria.

Mr Masson has extensive experience in leadership roles in the transport and infrastructure sectors. He will play a key role in establishing Infrastructure Victoria as a trusted, independent, expert adviser on infrastructure matters.

G21 Sport & Recreation Pillar celebrates great planning with award wins!

The Guidelines for Trail Planning, Design and Management, a guide to help plan, manage and market exceptional trail experiences, was recognised at the recent Planning Institute of Australia - Victorian Awards for Planning Excellence, winning the ‘Best Planning Ideas - Large Project’ category.

The guide was developed in partnership with the G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar and contains practical advice that will help achieve the G21 Adventure Trails Priority Project's vision of enhancing the region's reputation as a premier trail destination renowned for its range of trails and cycling touring routes that offer exceptional natural adventure experiences.

G21’s Sport & Recreation Pillar were also recently recognised for its innovative sports planning in our region, winning the ‘Leisure and Open Space Planning’ award at the Parks and Leisure Australia National Awards of Excellence.

The Pillar was nominated for its development of the G21 and AFL Barwon Regional Football Strategy, the G21 Regional Tennis Strategy, and the G21 Regional Football (Soccer) Strategy.

These strategies are dedicated to growing and developing each sport and ensuring its long-term sustainability in our region.

Reverse Engineering approach to achieve Harbour redevelopment

Colac Otway Shire will embark on an innovative approach to realise the community’s vision for the
Apollo Bay Harbour redevelopment. This is a G21 Priority Project.

Rather than creating a development plan for the harbour with no clarity of whether government and private enterprise will be willing to invest in the redevelopment, Colac Otway Shire will invite the private sector to submit their response via an expression of interest process.

A project control group comprising Councillors, Council officers, the State Government and community members will be established to create a prospectus for the marketplace based on the current planning controls for the site.

This process will determine whether the government and the private sector are prepared to invest in this vision, and on what terms.

It is hoped that this process will identify a proposal that matches the interests of all major stakeholders so that the Apollo Bay Harbour can reach its full potential.

Expressions of Interest for Motorcross land

G21 is conducting a Motocross Land Suitability Assessment to identify potential sites for a regional level motocross facility in the G21 region.

As part of the study, an expression of interest process is being conducted across the G21 region to identify potential privately-owned sites suitable for the motocross facility.

Development of a regional motocross facility is a G21 Priority Project.

The land suitability assessment and expressions of interest process will evaluate sites based on a number criteria including site size, road access points, nearby residential property boundaries, soil type and terrain.

The process allows for the site to be leased, purchased or both and/or bequeathed or gifted for use.

Expressions of Interest documents are available here. For more information regarding this process, please contact Stephen Parker on 5272 4382.

Expressions of Interest submissions close at 2pm on Wednesday 20 January, 2016.

Bells Beach Coastal Management Plan will protect iconic reserve

The new Bells Beach Coastal Management and Implementation Plan sets out a vision for Bells Beach and includes a 10 year program of actions.

Extensive community engagement overwhelmingly identified that Bells Beach should remain an unspoilt, natural reserve.

The two principles of the plan are respect and protect and these are supported through three core values – Natural Environment, Indigenous Heritage and Surfing Culture.

Widespread community input helped shape the final plans over an 18 month period, including engagement with local surfers, indigenous elders, environmentalists and other interest and user groups.

The recently appointed Bells Beach Committee will help implement the plan.

Have your say on the future of Point Henry and Moolap Coastal Land

Community views are being sought on the future use of the former saltworks, the Alcoa site at Point Henry and surrounding land in Moolap inform the Moolap Coastal Strategic Framework Plan.

Over the next two months the community can ‘join the conversation’ via online surveys, open houses, workshops and written submissions.

Workshops planned for late-January and early-February next year will provide an opportunity for the community to sit down to have a more detailed discussion and share their ideas.

Community engagement is also currently being sought on the masterplan of Point Henry 575.

The future use of Alcoa’s 575 hectares of freehold land at Point Henry presents new opportunities for the Geelong region. The decommissioning and rehabilitation of the Point Henry site has begun. Alcoa are working with the community to create a shared vision for the future of Point Henry.


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

National Stronger Regions Fund (NRSF)

Round Two outcomes
On 7 December Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon Warren Truss MP announced 111 successful applications under Round Two of the NSRF. There were 514 applications requesting around $1.47 billion in funding.

Funded BSW projects include:

  • Diversitat Healthy Living Centre for Ageing CALD community (Norlane) - $1 million
  • Warrnambool City Centre Renewal Project - $5 million
  • Hamilton Regional Livestock Exchange - $1.99 million

Feedback sessions are being offered applicants to explain how their application(s) could have been strengthened. Sessions can be scheduled by emailing nsrf@infrastructure.gov.au.

Round Three announcement
Round Three of the NSRF will open on 15 January 2016, closing on 15 March 2016. Programme Guidelines, including a summary of the changes from Round Two, are available on the Department's website.

Information Sessions
An Information Sessions on Round Three for potential applicants will be held in Melbourne on 19 January 2016. Time and venue will be confirmed in the next week, and will be available on the Department's website.
Those who are interested in receiving information on key aspects of Round Three—including changes from Round Two, a summary of Round Two outcomes and general advice on the assessment process and how to prepare a competitive application, should attend. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of Departmental officers following each Information Session.

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

Items of Interest

Victorian Climate Change Grants

The Victorian Climate Change Grants 2015 are designed to assist local government to deal with the most vulnerable local sectors in adapting to climate change. The grants will also help drive local climate change action including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making effective and innovative decisions on how to increase resilience of services and assets.

Applications close December 29, 2015.
Have Your Say on How Your Landfill Levy Is Spent

The Sustainability Fund Priority Statement clarifies how eligible programs will be prioritised in order to ensure funds are applied in a way that maximises benefits for Victoria. The draft Sustainability Fund Priority Statement is now open for public comment.

Have your say before 20 December 2015.

Be Part of Victoria’s Resource Recovery and Waste Management Future

Did you know that Australians are amongst the highest producers of waste in the world? Whilst rates are improving for recycling and reuse, as a community we can strive to do more. Complete this survey to contribute to the development of a Regional Implementation Plan that will determine how we can better maximise resource recovery and manage our community’s waste over the next 10 years. 

Click here to view the Barwon South West WRRG December Newsletter

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 2015.

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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