G21 Snapshots - November 2018
  November 2018  
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Geelong City Deal: a major economic boost

Jubilation all round as the Federal Government confirm their $154 million contribution to the Geelong City Deal. This matches the State Government commitment made in the 2018 Victorian Budget.

It heralds visionary investment of many millions of dollars in major projects across years, driving growth and employment.

It also supports the continued transformation of Geelong by leveraging the strengths of the city and region. Funded projects will facilitate new private investment, create businesses and jobs that will allow the region to benefit from its natural assets, and encourage residents and visitors to spend more time in the Geelong and Great Ocean Road region.

A City Deal for Geelong and the Great Ocean Road has been a long-term advocacy priority for G21, which has led numerous delegations and meetings with federal and state politicians (and their advisers and public servants) when advocating for such an outcome.

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Barwon Heads Road    
Barwon Heads Road duplication joy

Barwon Heads Road has been an early winner in the state election, with bi-partisan support to duplicate the busy thoroughfare. A business case was finished mid-year and drafts developed and scoped, making it ripe for state election investment.

With rapid residential growth in the area, delivery of this road is vital to improving motorist safety and reducing travel times.

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New body to manage Great Ocean Road

A new body will be established to manage the Great Ocean Road and its surrounds, regardless of who wins the November state election.

G21 has been a strong advocate for simplifying and better coordinating management arrangements, through an over-sighting body such as an agency or authority.

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Growth area gets first Secondary School

Local families will get a world-class school, with both the Labor and Coalition Governments promising to deliver Armstrong Creek’s first secondary school.

A $34.5 million commitment by both parties will see the new secondary school built and integrated into the Armstrong Creek Education Precinct.

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Election focus on regional rail

Rail is a big state election winner – both parties have promised to reduce travel times by introducing fast rail and completing work essential to increasing services.

Unfortunately, this response  won't immediately impact reliability and congestion issues, which is an increasing problem as the region rapidly grows.

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ELECTION UPDATE: Election pledge tally grows

Both sides of the State’s party political divide have been busily promising projects they would implement if in government after the November election. Below are commitments made against G21 Priority Projects since our last Snapshots newsletter.

Labor commits to ‘Local Jobs first’ policy
Labor commits to ensuring local jobs and businesses are put first when building a future Geelong Convention Centre, requiring a builder to use 90 per cent local content. (This is consistent with the objectives of the GROW project, to help create jobs in disadvantaged areas.)
Bipartisan commitment to Barwon Heads Road duplication
The duplication of Barwon Heads Rd will go ahead, with Labor matching the Coalition’s commitment of hundreds of millions of dollars to the project.
Bipartisan commitment to new Secondary School
Both Labor and the Coalition commit $34.5 million to build a new secondary school in the Armstrong Creek Education Precinct by 2021, relocating Oberon High School next to the existing primary and special school.

Labor commits to CFA facility
Labor commits $8.18 million to deliver a new fire station in Armstrong Creek. (The Coalition had previously committed $7.1 million to build an emergency services hub (fire and ambulance) for Armstrong Creek).

Coalition commits to Geelong Gallery
The Coalition commits $500,000 for a business case that will investigate the Geelong Gallery expansion into the adjoining City Hall (once Geelong City Council moves to a new HQ).

Bipartisan commitment for body to manage Great Ocean Road 
A new body will be established to manage the Great Ocean Road and its surrounds. Both Labor and the Coalition commit to establishing either an ‘agency’ or an ‘authority’, respectively. 

Bipartisan commitment for regional rail
The Coalition commits to upgrading Victoria’s passenger rail network, delivering a 32-minute Melbourne-Geelong commuter rail service by 2022 and a Geelong Metro commuter rail service linking Colac to Bannockburn and Werribee to Waurn Ponds.

Labor will overhaul the Victorian rail network, delivering fast rail to the regions and more metro services, with the potential full electrification of these lines with new electric regional rolling stock. It will also build 18 new VLocity trains for Victoria's busiest regional rail lines.

As for previous elections (both state and federal) a table of commitments against G21’s Priority Projects is being maintained and published on the G21 website.
Saddle Lookout    
New Shipwreck Coast Facility Plans

Designs for tourist facilities at Twelve Apostles’ Saddle Lookout, the Port Campbell Creek Pedestrian Bridge and the Blowhole Lookout have been unveiled as part of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan.

Local artist Vicki Couzens drew inspiration from black and white cockatoos – totemic to the tribes of the Eastern Maar – for the design of the Saddle Lookout, while the Blowhole Lookout replicates a breaching whale.

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Hope for local motocross riders
Plans to convert the old Country Fire Authority (CFA) training site in Fiskville into a multipurpose motor sports venue have gained momentum with the State Government chipping in $150,000 towards a business case assessing the viability of the project.
Establishing a Regional Motocross Facility that provides a contained, safe and controlled facility for local rider education, activities and events is a G21 Priority Project.
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    Regional Motocross Facility
Anglesea Futures Land Use Framework    
New land-use framework for Anglesea

The State Government has released a new plan to protect the former Alcoa coal mine and power station site in Anglesea.

The Land Use Framework lays out a future for the site free from urban development, without any change to township boundaries.

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Renewable energy hub for Geelong

Global energy company Vestas has announced it will establish a Renewable Energy Hub in Geelong, to support and expand the Victorian renewable energy sector.

The Hub is expected to create 25 new local jobs in Geelong and inject up to $3.5 million into the local economy.

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    Vestas wind farm
Central Reserve gets court and light upgrade

The next stage of Colac’s Central Reserve redevelopment looks set to go ahead thanks to a $375,164 Community Sport Infrastructure Fund grant.

The funding will provide new netball courts and competition lighting for both the netball courts and football oval.

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Protection for Barwon River

The State Government has announced a new body to protect and improve the Barwon River, Moorabool River and associated waterways.

They will create a series of recommendations to inform the State Government, creating a community vision for the river, associated waterways and their landscapes.

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News from the G21 Pillars

The eight G21 Pillars meet on a regular basis to discuss issues and progress regional projects. Click on the boxes for the most recent Pillar activity report.
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Economic Development Environment Planning & Services Transport
  RDA BSW Commitee Update  
RDA Barwon South West recently sponsored Liz McKinnon, Communications & Economic Development Manager from Glenelg Shire Council to attend the 2018 SEGRA Conference.

Liz prepared a paper that shares hthe experiences and key learnings she gained from attending the Conference.

These included:
  • Technologies for the future
  • Collaborative place-based solutions and leadership
  • Unlocking potential through investment
  • Designing thinking – the speed of change 
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  Resources & Events  
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G21 Cricket Strategy
G21 Cricket & Hockey strategies
G21 is seeking public feedback on the G21 and Cricket
 Victoria Barwon Regional Cricket Strategy and the G21 Regional Hockey Strategy.

The strategies have been developed by LGA’s within the G21 region in partnership with Cricket Victoria and Hockey Victoria to guide the overall direction and development of the sports for the next 10 years. (Feedback required by 7 December 2018).

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Healthy Living Forum Barwon South West
This forum includes interactive workshops facilitated by Dr Seanna Davidson, discussion on placed-based principles, sharing your healthy eating and active living practices and networking with local partners and stakeholders. RSVP by 19 November.

28 November 2018, 10am-3.30pm, Camperdown Football and Netball Oval.

Media articles of interest

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within the region that discuss
G21 and the region’s Priority Projects.

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G21 Membership

G21 Membership is open to businesses, organisations and government bodies associated with the G21 region. 
For details regarding eligibility,
annual fees or an application form,

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