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  March 2018  


Dear {FIRST_NAME|G21 family member} 

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.

Stadium redevelopment gains priority 
Prestigious endorsement for GROW 
Shipwreck coast lookouts design underway 
Geelong city deal talks underway 
Fresh look invigorates Colac CBD 
Traffic strategy focuses on Bannockburn growth 
Launch of National Service Scholarship Foundation 
Support G21’s intrepid trekkers! 

RDA BSW Committee Update 
Items of regional interest 
Key Economic Indicators 
Media articles of interest to the G21 region 
G21 Membership 


Stadium redevelopment gains priority
Simonds Stadium Aerial Completing the Stage 5 transformation of Kardinia Park’s GMHBA Stadium is now a G21 Priority Project.
G21 board members have voted to elevate the Economic Development Pillar project, aiming to complete the stadium redevelopment and magnify its status as an economic driver hosting national and international sporting fixtures, concerts and other events.
Fifth stage work, estimated at $100 million, would replace the northern grandstand and link the recently completed Brownlow Stand and the Hickey Stand.
It would add 6,000 seats and increase ground capacity to 40,000.
The project remains unfunded but Federal and State parliamentarians have verbally expressed in-principle support.
A State Government commitment of $3.9 million has enabled completion of a business case.
Priority Project endorsement acknowledges the stadium’s importance as a spiritual home and economic hub for the region and aims to diversify its use on non-major event days.
Prestigious endorsement for GROW
GROW awardG21 Region Opportunities for Work program (GROW) has received powerful and prestigious endorsement with a Victorian award for public sector leadership.
Success in the policy development category at Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) awards acknowledged GROW’s growth and measured impact in targeting entrenched place-based disadvantage.
The program was founded in 2016 by G21 and the Give Where You Live Foundation.
It gains commitments from organisations to focus on local procurement, which in turn boosts job creation.
Seventy local organisations have now signed GROW compact commitments and its 9% growth equates to $23.8 million in localised procurement, alongside creation of 72 job opportunities in our target areas.
IPAA CEO David Ali said the awards celebrated exemplary innovation and leadership in the public sector and GROW had pushed boundaries and demonstrated what success in public administration looked like.
Give Where You Live Foundation CEO and G21 chair Bill Mithen, said G21 and Give Where You Live Foundation were proud of GROW, community response to the program and the difference it is making.
“We continue to urge local businesses and organisations to become part of meaningful regional collective impact by signing the initiative compact and starting planning to help deliver social benefit,” Mr Mithen said. 
Surf Coast Shire Council voted at its February 2018 meeting to become a GROW signatory and embed the project’s principles into the organization by developing a Compact Action Plan.
Mayor David Bell said GROW aligned perfectly with council objectives including providing support for people in need and supporting creation of jobs in existing and new businesses to meet the needs of a growing community.
Attending the ceremony from left: Borough of Queenscliffe CEO Lenny Jenner, Centre for Social Impact social design fellow Ingrid Burkett, GROW Engagement Officer Liz Everist, G21 CEO Elaine Carbines, Give Where You Live Foundation CEO and G21 chair Bill Mithen, GROW director Anne O’Brien and IPAA Victoria President Gill Callister.
Shipwreck coast lookouts design underway
ShipwreckMPWorld-class architects have set to work designing new lookouts for the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge in a welcome first stage implementation of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan.
The Victorian Government appointed Denton Corker Marshall to lead work, with key partners McGregor Coxall and Arup.
The new vantage points will provide breathtaking views of the rugged coast along the Great Ocean Road and enable visitors to learn about its rich cultural and environmental values. A new pedestrian bridge to be built at Port Campbell will connect to the Shipwreck Coast discovery trail and Port Campbell National Park.
The State Government has invested $9.8 million for the design and delivery of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan stage one.
G21 supports implementation of the master plan as a central element of its Great Ocean Road Priority Project, and recognises the entire road’s economic importance to the G21 region.
The Shipwreck Coast takes in 28 kilometres of spectacular South-West Victorian coastline and attracts more than five million visits a year. The Twelve Apostles attract up to 11,000 visitors a day, with more than 2.1 million visits forecast for 2018.
Tenders for construction of the three projects are set to open early in 2019.
Geelong city deal talks underway
G21 has joined federal, state and local government representatives and other key organisations launching talks on a transformative City Deal for Geelong and the Great Ocean Road.
Leaders met on February 19 to identify potential elements of the Deal, which promises to bring visionary and far-reaching investment to a range of projects.
G21 played a key role in lobbying for the historic agreement, which was signed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Acting Premier James Merlino on Geelong’s waterfront on January 17.
G21 chair Bill Mithen, CEO Elaine Carbines, City of Greater Geelong Mayor and G21 Economic Development Pillar leader Bruce Harwood and other municipal leaders were among stakeholders at the opening talks.
Key projects flagged for City Deal investment include a long-discussed Geelong Convention Centre, the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan, Great Ocean Road, Geelong CBD Revitalisation, Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour development and advanced manufacturing growth.
Cr Harwood said the initial talks had focused on jobs, infrastructure, tourism, housing and liveability.
“It’s fantastic to have three levels of government working co-operatively to deliver for Geelong and I’m looking forward to continued momentum on the City Deal,” Cr Harwood said.
Fresh look invigorates Colac CBD
Colac CBD revitalisation launchA $1.9 million revitalisation of Colac’s central business district is complete, including streetscape enhancements, creation of a pocket park and new lighting, footpaths and furniture.
Business leaders hope the work will bring economic benefits, encouraging residents and visitors to linger, socialise and spend.
Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson and Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green joined Colac Otway Shire Mayor Joe McCracken on February 23 for unveiling of a plaque formally acknowledging completion of the work.
The G21 Economic Development Pillar Project was completed on schedule by local contractors, and was funded with $975,000 from the Federal Government, $500,000 from Regional Development Victoria, $200,000 from Local Government Victoria and $275,000 from Colac Otway Shire.
Pictured from left: Cr Stephen Hart of Colac Otway Shire, Colac District Chamber of Commerce treasurer Darren Milverton, local business owner David Baulch, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria Danielle Green, Mayor Joe McCracken, Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan and Cr Kate Hanson.
Traffic strategy focuses on Bannockburn growth
Intersection in BannockburnGolden Plains Shire Council is accelerating creation of a Car Parking, Traffic Management and Pedestrian and Cycling Strategy for Bannockburn.
An $80,000 allocation from the Victorian Planning Authority will anchor work outlining infrastructure and network upgrades required to support the community’s rapid growth, currently running at 7.2 per cent a year (ABS 2016).
Engineering consultants Cardno will analyse traffic, car parking and road accident data and make recommendations to the council on existing and future needs.
The strategy will aim to balance amenity, safety and mobility of road users and aim to improve environmental, economic and social outcomes for Bannockburn.

Launch of National Service Scholarship Foundation
The National Serviceman’s Association has created a Scholarship Foundation to honour the contribution made by Service men and women to our nation. The Scholarship Foundation will serve two purposes:

  • To fund scholarships as a means of advancing our Nation's health and wellbeing through improved medical education and skills. Scholarships will be awarded to individuals or groups throughout Australia for targeted medical, dental, nursing and/or allied health, further education and/or research
  • To create a sustainable, relevant and living memorial of the 'Service to our Nation' rendered by National Servicemen.

The National Service Scholarship Foundation Board are currently looking for organisations and individuals to support the Foundation’s objectives, by donating, through sponsorship or by joining as a Friend of the Foundation. For further information, click here.
Support G21’s intrepid trekkers!
Team G21 is limbering up again in 2018 for Give Where You Live’s spectacular 40km Surf Coast Trek and would appreciate your sponsorship!
All money raised by the hundreds of walkers in the big event will go to the worthy causes of Geelong’s Kids Plus Foundation and the Give Where You Live Foundation.
Click here to learn more about the trek and to sponsor Team G21.

SCT surf coast trek


RDA BSW Committee Update 
Regional Growth Fund (RGF) now open

The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) will invest $272.2 million in regional infrastructure projects, with grants of $10 million+ available for transformational projects that unlock opportunity and potential in regional communities to deliver long term jobs and drive economic growth.

The fund is open to industry, state and territory governments, local governments, not-for-profit and for-profit organisations for projects that are for 'common use' infrastructure (freight hubs, medical hubs, port infrastructure etc) and for private use infrastructure that will deliver significant and sustainable benefits to regional Australia.

Process - Two stage process incorporating an Initial Application (due 5pm Friday, 27 April 2018) followed by a full Business Case if the project is deemed to have met all requirements.

Merit Criteria - Applicant's will need to demonstrate how their project(s) address the following three merit criteria:

  1. Create jobs
  2. Drive economic growth
  3. Build stronger regional communities

If you are considering applying for this funding and would like to discuss your project further, contact the Helpdesk on 1800 044 938 or email

Information and guidelines can be found on the website.

RDA Involvement - Regional Development Australia Barwon South West (RDA BSW) can provide letters of support for projects that align with the RDA Charter

If you would like to request a letter of support for your project please contact RDA BSW office on 5215 6000, complete the attached template and return it by Friday 13 April 2018 to
Click here to visit the RDA Committee website
Click here to follow RDA Committee on Twitter

Items of Regional Interest
Geelong workplace trends report
Geelong is mirroring global trends towards online platforms for job advertising, according to the Geelong Workplace Trends report, commissioned by Gforce Employment Solutions.
Website Seek rated 100% use in a detailed survey of employers across public, not-for-profit and private sectors, followed by company websites at 81% and LinkedIn at 56%, with traditional print advertising rating only 25%. Sourcing of employees via Geelong Jobs Fair and Deakin University also rated prominently among talent attraction methods.
The report consulted organisations from Geelong and the Surf Coast to understand whether global workplace trends were evident in the region. Its central focuses included talent attraction, retention, development, remuneration and benefits, workforce planning, technology and dress codes.
Time to recognise Business Excellence
Geelong Business AwardsDo you run or admire a business that deserves recognition?
The prestigious 2018 Deakin University Geelong Business Excellence Awards are now open for nominations and more than 20 categories are up for grabs, crowned by Business of the Year, Business Leader of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year accolades.
Judges want to hear from you, whether you wish to nominate your own business or another. Awards will be presented at a gala awards dinner in late July.
Go to for more information or to nominate a business, or stay in touch with the awards via Facebook.

Clever living seminar 2
Careful selection of building materials can yield significant improvements in the comfort and cost-effectiveness of your home and reduce its environmental impact.
Ensure your home utilises healthy building materials and minimises exposure to potentially dangerous substances. Learn about building biology, indoor air quality, electromagnetic radiation, moisture and mould. Presented by Elizabeth Wheeler, Principal of Future Focused Buildings and Raphael Siket, Director of Ecolibria.
Tue, March 27, 2018 - 6:30-8:30pm - Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. Register here.
Clever Living Seminar 3
Learn how to have a comfortable home that costs nothing to run and achieves a zero carbon footprint. By combining simple energy efficiency measures with quality electrical appliances and a rooftop solar system, your home can produce more power than it uses.
Learn how to reduce your power usage through smart choices for cooling/heating, hot water service, lighting, cooking & appliances, energy monitoring & control, home automation, renewable energy, photovoltaic systems, batteries and new technological advances. Presented by Richard Keech, Beyond Zero Emissions.
Tue, May 8, 2018 - 6:30-8:30pm - Geelong Library and Heritage Centre. Register here.

Key Economic Indicators released

Enterprise Geelong has released the January 2018 Key Economic Indicators which monitor the region’s economy. The key points are:

Economic Indicator Data Movement Status
Unemployment rate 6.2% -0.2pts
Average weekly job advertisements 87 102.3%
New monthly online job advertisements 1,515 -1.1%
Monthly domestic building activity $51.0m -38.2%
Monthly new dwelling building approvals 153 -17.7%
Monthly non-domestic building activity $25.3m -83.0%
Quarterly mediam house price $504,000 +2.9%

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 Jan-Feb 2018.

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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