G21 Snapshots newsletter - August
  August 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.

Geelong rolls out welcome mat to Quickstep Holdings
Plan for Little Malop Street Bridge and pocket park
GROW funding to benefit job seekers
Central Geelong Mall traders' forum takes next steps to improving space
Building Geelong as a centre of innovation
Geelong Authority to get projects, jobs and growth moving
New pier adds mussel to Portarlington Safe Harbour
G21 helps shape Victoria as The Education State
Not to be missed - G21 Stakeholder Forum 2015
GRIIF helps Mustang wheels roll at Carbon Revolution
Consultation on Regional Public Transport Plan kicks off
Worksafe moving to Geelong home from late 2016
Barwon Child, Youth & Family Officially Launched
'Tourism Greater Geelong & Bellarine' becomes Tourism Board
Anglesea Community Conversation to begin
New TAC chief appointed 

RDA BSW Committee update
Items of regional interest
Key Economic Indicators released

Latest news from the G21 Pillars
Media articles of interest to the G21 region
Welcome to new members


Geelong rolls out welcome mat to Quickstep Holdings

QuickstepThe State Government has secured a $13.9 million investment by carbon fibre and advanced composites manufacturer Quickstep Holdings to relocate process, research and development (R&D) functions from Germany to Geelong.

The move will allow Quickstep’s R&D functions to operate alongside its new Automotive Division at Deakin University’s Geelong Technology Precinct in Waurn Ponds, and will create 20 highly skilled research and development jobs over four years along with job opportunities for Deakin University PhD students.

Quickstep aims to make Geelong its automotive composites solutions centre and is also developing capability to be part of the defence industry supply chain, working with a range of businesses. They have recently secured a niche volume order to produce a series of up to 1000 lightweight carbon fibre engine compartment parts for a global vehicle manufacturer, with production expected to begin in early 2016.

The relocation reinforces Geelong’s reputation as a growing centre for carbon fibre manufacturing technology.

The new R&D facility will leverage equipment and expertise from other Geelong Technology Precinct tenants including Carbon Nexus, the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR), the Institute for Frontier Materials and the Australian Future Fibres Research and Innovation Centre.

Plan for Little Malop Street Bridge and pocket park

Bike networkThe Little Malop Street pedestrian and cycling bridge is set to be revitalised and a new public space created in a plan developed by the Central Geelong Task Force.

Once installed, the new wider bridge will provide better connections between Central Geelong and Geelong West for pedestrians and cyclists, and will strengthen the links between the cultural precinct and The Gordon.

New public gathering spaces will be formed on either side of the rail line, with landscaping, seating and public art, creating an attractive pocket park. Trees will also be planted along the length of the street, providing shade and improving the pedestrian experience.

Bike signals will be installed as part of the Latrobe Terrace pedestrian crossing to Villamanta Street.

The plan to revitalise the Little Malop Street pedestrian and cycling bridge was identified in the G21 Principal Bike Network. It also contributes to the implementation of the Central Geelong Action Plan, a G21 priority under its Central Geelong Revitalisation project by creating an integrated, attractive and well-designed pedestrian and cycling network.

Comments on the draft plans are requested by 5pm on Friday 21 August, via email to revitalisation@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

GROW funding to benefit job seekers

G21 Region Opportunities for Work (GROW) has received $50,000 State Government funding for a project that will identify the economic benefits and make recommendations for using purchasing power and procurement processes to benefit areas experiencing disadvantage in the G21 region.

GROW aims to create new job opportunities in areas within the G21 region which have the highest levels of joblessness and persistent disadvantage. It will do this by targeting two significant means of job growth — procurement and investment.

The GROW Regional Procurement Economic Modelling project will support this, by demonstrating the economic and social impact of increased social procurement activity. It will also identify key opportunities for increased local and social procurement investment in the G21 region.

The project will design tailored processes and principles that could be implemented by local organisations for routine spend as well as for major infrastructure projects, potentially leading to local jobs for targeted jobseekers.

Current data does not include procurement expenditure information beyond some high-level estimates. The GROW Regional Procurement Economic Modelling project will provide a more accurate picture of planned procurement expenditure across the region by engaging with more than 100 businesses.

Central Geelong Mall traders' forum takes next steps to improving space

Central Geelong traders have met with local business and government groups to discuss the next steps required to address safety perceptions in Geelong’s mall.

The forum brought interested parties together to talk about traders’ experiences, and discuss how traders can become involved in the actions to address the issues in the mall.

Victoria Police, who attended the forum, noted that crime rates have steadily decreased over the past four years. They will offer business security audits to help continue this trend, but stressed that crime prevention is just one element of an overall strategy to improve the space, alongside engaging traders and other mall users. 

The mall’s physical appearance will be addressed through the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) study. The study provides practical examples of improvements that can be made to property and amenity to improve the feel and safety of public spaces. This includes front-facing and inviting shop windows, improved lighting and increased activity.

An upcoming campaign will ask mall users to share their thoughts on acceptable behavior in public spaces. #SoYouKnowGeelong will feature a wall art activity, listening posts and the street surfer bus to provide support and mediation for mall users to involve them directly in the discussion and the solution.

Building Geelong as a centre of innovation

On 6 August, Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited the G21 region to announce that the Federal Government will base its $14 million Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre in Geelong at Deakin Waurn Ponds.

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre aims to develop an internationally competitive, dynamic and thriving Australian advanced manufacturing sector. It will link local businesses with global companies and look at ways to give Australia a technological edge to make the sector more competitive.

In its first year, the Centre will develop a sector competitiveness plan to link local businesses with global companies. The Plan will identify jobs and skills needs, provide a pipeline of innovations ready to commercialise, and consider areas for reforming regulation, manufacturing transformation and growth.

Geelong Authority to get projects, jobs and growth moving

The State Government has created a new planning authority, the Geelong Authority, to assume responsibility for major planning projects in Geelong’s CBD and the coastline east of the city centre.

A Board of Directors, consisting of local leaders in business, health and the Geelong community will head the Authority. Inaugural Chair Peter Dorling, who is Business Manager at Avalon Airport, will be joined by:
  • Robert Costa – Chairman of Costa Group Holdings and GRIIF
  • Janet Dore – Outgoing CEO of the TAC
  • Roz Hansen – Member of the Central Geelong Taskforce
  • Jill Smith – General Manager of GPAC
Minister for Planning Richard Wynne will be responsible for planning decisions in the CBD and the Moolap waterfront precinct where projects cover more than 5000 square metres and will act on the advice of the Authority.

This will streamline planning decisions and secure action for the Geelong community on major projects. Places Victoria will deliver approved projects on behalf of the Authority.

The Authority has been kick-started with $500,000 in start-up funds and $3 million to support early on the ground works, to get projects moving.

New pier adds mussel to Portarlington Safe Harbour

On 24 July, Member for Bellarine and Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville opened Portarlington’s upgraded pier in a boost for the local mussel and aquaculture industries.

The new 175 metre pier section is the first of the upgrades delivered under the $15 million Portarlington Safe Harbour development.

The works, which started in February, improve access and vehicle load limits for mussel and aquaculture businesses and their workers.

The upgraded pier is one element of the G21 Portarlington Safe Harbour Priority Project.

The next stage of the works will deliver better facilities to grow the aquaculture industry and provide the infrastructure necessary for a future ferry.

Parks Victoria are finalising, through consultation, the detailed design of the next stage of the works to commence this year.

G21 helps shape Victoria as The Education State

G21 through its Education and Training Pillar has made a submission to the State Government's consultation process on shaping Victoria as the Education State.

The submission suggests improvements that can be made to the education system and suggests targets that will help achieve the Education State vision. It also looks at strengths and challenges specific to the G21 region.

In June 2015, the State Government called on students, parents, teachers, principals, employers and members of the community to share their ideas on the future of our education system.

The Education State ‘vision’ encompasses more than just traditional education. It’s about maximising the potential of all Victorians, regardless of their background or where they live, and includes issues such as skills and learning, health and wellbeing, citizenship and social inclusion, creativity and innovation, jobs and prosperity.

A strong focus on educations will help ensure Victoria remains one of the world’s most successful and liveable places in the future.

Two discussion papers were released; the first was a general overview of the Education State, while the second looked in more detail at school education.

Not to be missed - G21 Stakeholder Forum 2015

Virginia Trioli, journalist, author and ABC TV and radio presenter will be among the key speakers at this year’s G21 Stakeholder Forum on the afternoon of Friday, 25 September at the RACV Torquay Resort.

Invitations to speak have been issued to Prime Minister Tony Abbott MP, Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten MP and Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale.

The forum will also include presentations from WorkSafe CEO Clare Amies, who will speak about WorkSafe’s impending move to Geelong, and Brad Dunstan, CEO of VCAMM, an organisation which facilitates technology development and commercialisation for Australian manufacturing businesses.

Previous G21 Stakeholder Forums have been sold out, so keep an eye out for booking details in next month's G21 e-News.

GRIIF helps Mustang wheels roll at Carbon Revolution

Geelong-based Carbon Revolution has announced that it will supply carbon fibre wheels to Ford USA’s new Shelby Mustang GT350R vehicle.

The supply of this cutting-edge one-piece carbon fibre wheel to a global automotive manufacturer is a glowing endorsement for the Geelong-based company and evidence it can compete strongly on the world stage.

In March 2014, Carbon Revolution was awarded a $5 million grant from Round 1 of the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF) towards construction of its $24 million purpose built manufacturing facility. The funding was instrumental in helping Carbon Revolution to develop products for the global automotive market and also helped create 108 new jobs.

At full capacity, this facility will have capacity for commercial scale production of 50,000 carbon fibre wheels a year for supply to the automotive industry.

The GRIIF fund encourages new investment in the G21 region, creating new or additional business capacity that results in sustainable jobs.

Consultation on Regional Public Transport Plan kicks off

Community consultation on Victoria’s first ever long-term strategy for regional public transport has kicked off.

The Regional Network Development Plan will set out priorities for regional public transport services, infrastructure and investment over the next 20-30 years.

It will move Victoria away from ad hoc service improvements, towards a more coordinated regional public transport network where train and bus services work together to get people where they need to go.

The plan will also consider infrastructure upgrades, network extension and rolling stock, including next generation high capacity regional trains to cater for peak demand.

You can contribute by completing the survey online or joining the discussion forum for Barwon South West region (closes 11 September 2015).

There are also community workshops planned for Colac, Geelong and Torquay between 9-11 September.

A Regional Transport Advisory Group with representatives from all regions will advise the Government during the consultation process and drive engagement with local communities and councils.

Worksafe moving to Geelong home from late 2016

WorkSafe will soon begin a two-stage relocation process to Geelong, with the first group of staff making the move from its Melbourne headquarters in late 2016.

The relocation of WorkSafe to Geelong will boost the local economy, bringing jobs and growth to the region. It will also strengthen the growing insurance and personal injury sector in Geelong, joining the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and National Disability Insurance Agency.

One hundred and fifty five roles from across the organisation, covering insurance, health and safety and support functions, will be the first to transition to Geelong, temporarily joining TAC staff at 60 Brougham Street.

Four members of the organisation’s executive leadership team will also be located in Geelong from late 2016.

WorkSafe will complete the transition to its new headquarters by mid-2018, taking up residence in a new purpose-built building, which is currently progressing through a tender process.

WorkSafe CEO Clare Amies will speak at G21’s upcoming Stakeholder Forum about their impending move to Geelong.

Barwon Child, Youth & Family Officially Launched

BCYF LaunchA game-changing opportunity presents itself to improve community services for children, young people and families in Geelong and right across the Barwon community, with the establishment of Barwon Child, Youth & Family.  

Barwon Child, Youth & Family CEO Sandy Morrison officially launched the new entity at a breakfast held at Deakin University's Waterfront Campus in Geelong early Thursday morning. The new agency was formed after the successful merger between three of Geelong’s most respected community service providers in Barwon Youth, Glastonbury Community Services and Time for Youth.

The objectives of the merger were not necessarily about becoming a bigger agency, but to become an agency that is better equipped to provide stronger support services to the most complex and at risk children, young people and families across the region.

The new agency has been developed ‘for the people’ and will allow for much more integrated service delivery. This means that if a client with multiple needs enters the door they will have access to a diverse suite of services catering for individuals and families of all ages.

Visit www.barwonchildyouthfamily.org.au

'Tourism Greater Geelong & Bellarine' becomes Tourism Board

Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine will become Victoria’s 11th Regional Tourism Board, after the State Government committed $275,000 in funding to help the organisation increase local tourism and visitation.

By showcasing the region and attracting people from across Victoria and further afield, Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine will grow the local economy and increase employment.

Regional Tourism Boards work with the State Government, industry and local councils to develop tourism in their regions.

Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine is already working hard to attract more visitors, and this investment will provide more opportunities to market the region and showcase its natural strengths.

The organisation covers the area from Werribee to Barwon Heads, and includes Bannockburn, Geelong, Portarlington and Queenscliff.

Anglesea Community Conversation to begin

The first Anglesea Futures community consultation event will take place this month, ahead of Alcoa ceasing operations at its Anglesea power station and mine site on 31 August.

The Community Conversations Series will be jointly coordinated by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Surf Coast Shire. The series will complement Alcoa’s Community Consultation Network which focuses on discharging Alcoa’s responsibilities.

The series will provide a forum for community discussion and feedback on a range of issues of importance, including future land use, water, planning and the long term vision for the Anglesea region once Alcoa departs.

Local community members are encouraged to attend the sessions, which will provide an open forum to raise and discuss their concerns, questions, and visions in relation to the Anglesea site occupied by Alcoa for more than 50 years.

The first session will be held on Wednesday 19 August at the Anglesea Senior Citizens Centre, between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. Further sessions will be organised following this.

New TAC chief appointed

Geelong-born and raised Joe Calafiore has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

Mr Calafiore as the Head of Community Relations at TAC was responsible for the Commission’s road safety team, which has helped position Victoria as a global leader in road trauma reduction.

His leadership of the TAC will continue the focus on reducing the number of accidents on Victorian roads as well as the high standard of care for Victorians impacted by transport accidents.

Mr Calafiore takes over the position from the well-respected current CEO Janet Dore, who has retired after heading up the organisation for over seven years.

Ms Dore has dedicated her tenure to improving the TAC, with a strong focus on helping injured Victorians piece their lives back together after a road trauma incident.


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

Progress in Australian Regions

Progress in Australian Regions is a new series of publications recently released by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development to help provide information about Australia’s regions from a range of different sources.

The publications provide a detailed picture of population, employment, economic and transport trends in regional and urban areas and will inform future infrastructure planning for the nation.  These publications will help governments, private investors and the local communities to identify trends that are important to policy development and investment decisions.

Publications available include:

Click here to visit the RDA Committee website
Click here to follow RDA Committee on Twitter

Items of regional interest

2015 GMHBA Healthy Community Grants program

GMHBA are offering grants of up to $10,000 for innovative projects that encourage positive health and wellness outcomes for the community. If you are part of an organisation with an innovative program or project idea that addresses key health issues in the G21 region, you are invited to apply.

Applications now open. Closes 2 October 2015.

Victorian Honour Roll of Women nominations open

The Victorian Honour Roll of Women recognises the achievements and contributions of Victoria’s most remarkable women. Since its commencement in 2001, the Victorian Honour Roll of Women has acknowledged and celebrated the outstanding achievements of more than 500 women. This year, inductees included family violence campaigner, Rosie Batty, and former Labor Minister, the late Lynne Kosky.

Nominations close on August 21.

Provide input to the Colac Commercial and Industrial Land Use Strategy.

The Colac Commercial and Industrial Land Use Strategy will inform the preparation of the Colac 2050 project as well as provide guidance on the future of Colac's commercial and industrial areas. If you are a resident, use the commercial areas in Colac and, in particular, the Colac CBD, then your input is important to ensure the Strategy meets the needs and expectations of the community.

G21 Agribusiness Forum newsletter

The July 2015 newsletter looks at new agribusiness developments strongly contributing to the local economy plus upcoming regional agribusiness events.

Green Army with Conservation Volunteers Australia

Are you interested in applying for a Green Army team to help your group? Do you have priority environmental outcomes that participants could help you complete? Join Conservation Volunteers Australia to find out more about the Green Army programme and how to apply for a team.

Geelong: 25 August, 6.30-8pm, Conservations Volunteers Australia, 407 Yarra St, South Geelong
Colac: 26 August, 6.30-8pm Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, 64 Dennis St, Colac

Bethany Film Festival - Living is Easy (With Eyes Closed)

The Bethany Arthouse Film Festival raises vital funds for a variety of programs offered to the Geelong community through Bethany Community Support. Inspired by true events, multi award winning box office hit Living is Easy is a buoyant and heartfelt comedy about a free-spirited English teacher’s quest to meet his idol, John Lennon, and the inspirational effect he has on two young runaways who share his journey.

8 September 2015, 8pm, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, 50 Little Malop St, Geelong

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 June - July 2015

Welcome to our new G21 members

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


Click here to see the full list of G21 member organisations or to find out about becoming a G21 member organisation.

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.

If you want further information or wish to bring something to our attention, please contact either of us at the numbers or addresses given below or refer to the G21 website at www.G21.com.au.
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Cr Darryn Lyons
G21 Chairperson


Elaine Carbines
Chief Executive Officer

0437 202 300

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