Snapshots 3
  October 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.

Federal funds for Queenscliff, Bannockburn & Winchelsea 
Welcome new GROW Compact signatories 
VCOSS praises G21 region work on disadvantage 
GROW commended in parliament
Victoria's future ports capacity 
Port lease delivers $970m for regional Victoria 
Oberon High moves to Armstrong Creek 
Shaping the future of Barwon Region 
Local Organisations Reap Benefit of New Energy Fund
Better Drug and Alcohol Support in the Otways
Helping Geelong’s Auto Industry Change Gear 
Deakin wins education export award 

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 


Federal funds for Queenscliff, Bannockburn & Winchelsea 

Bannockburn Heart VisionThree local projects have received $4.84 million funding under Round Three of the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF), creating local jobs and improving community infrastructure:  
  • Destination Queenscliff (which includes the Fort Queenscliff Tourism Precinct) received $3.5 million to create a nationally significant tourism precinct 
  • The Bannockburn Civic Heart Precinct received $1.2 million for a new community civic space in the main street of Bannockburn, creating a ‘heart’ for the town’s rapidly growing population and transforming the liveability of Bannockburn. 
  • The Winchelsea Town Centre Beautification project received $155,000 to build a themed shopping and recreation precinct to attract visitors, potential investors and for the community to enjoy. 
All three are G21 Pillar projects and the grant applications have been actively supported by G21. 
Funding fight continues for safe harbour 
The Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct is one of many major projects across Australia that was unsuccessful in its application for funding under Round Three of the NSRF. A G21 Priority Project under the Cruise Ship Destination project, redevelopment of the precinct will greatly increase the capacity of events of great value to Geelong. The Royal Geelong Yacht Club confirms that it will now apply for ‘Building Better Regions’ funding. 

Welcome new GROW Compact signatories 

GROW Compact signingOn September 16, GROW (G21 Region Opportunities for Work) launched the Alcoa Foundation Social Procurement Toolkit, the first of its kind in Australia. 
The Toolkit is a series of ground-breaking and innovative tools and templates to support local and social procurement and economic development in the G21 region. These tools have been crafted by ArcBlue (Procurement Specialists) working closely with the GROW Compact Action Network in response to the identified needs of buyers and suppliers in our region. 
The Toolkit will help G21 businesses achieve local and social outcomes, particularly when preparing tenders and contracting work, including capital projects. An ongoing project, the Toolkit will be continually updated and expanded to meet the needs of procurers and suppliers working towards the GROW objectives of addressing disadvantage in the G21 region. 
The launch event also celebrated the ten organisations who have recently signed the GROW Compact committing to integrating the GROW principles into their own values and daily operations. 
Thank you to ArcBlue, Bethany, BTS Business Technology Specialists, Colac Area Health, Corio Waste Management, Encompass Community Services, Energy of the People, Lyons Construction, Hamlan Homes and Programmed for signing on!
These businesses join the twenty inaugural GROW Compact signatories.

VCOSS praises G21 region work on disadvantage 

Victoria’s peak social advocacy body has used G21 as an example of an organisation embracing place-based policymaking and a community working together to address social challenges in its blueprint Communities Taking Power
The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) policy report calls on entire local communities—including political leaders, business representatives, health officials, educators and everyday people—to jointly develop local solutions to seemingly intractable social challenges. 
It will be sent to every state MP, local council and community leader to give them a blueprint to fight poverty and disadvantage in their backyard. 
It uses work within the G21 region (such as that of G21 and the Give Where You Live Foundation, through the innovative GROW project) as an exemplar, stating that the time for ‘one size fits all’ policy responses has long past. 
The report highlights the frameworks and relationships needed for collaborative problem solving. These include shared leadership, data sharing in communities, a focus on prevention, joint funding of local initiatives and support for local economy building. 

GROW commended in parliament

Earlier this month, Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson praised G21 and the GROW project in parliament, identifying that it was an ideal candidate for the Try, Test and Learn Fund.
Ms Henderson said:
“I want to commend G21 and its GROW project. I believe that the Try, Test and Learn Fund provides ideas like the GROW project with a very significant opportunity. The GROW project is all about partnering with our community to reach out to employers and to identify, through social procurement and also local procurement, how we can work with our key employers in our own community to drive job opportunities.
“I want to commend the Give Where You Live Foundation in our community, which has committed $2 million over 10 years to support the implementation of the GROW Strategic Plan across the whole G21 region. The GROW program is doing amazing work. The Victorian government has funded GROW to the tune of $1 million over five years. It is wonderful to see so many people in our community coming together, and I am hoping this fund will be part of the solution.” 

Victoria's future ports capacity 

G21 was part of a recent joint submission to Infrastructure Victoria, coordinated by the City of Greater Geelong, on future port capacity for Victoria. 
The submission advocated for the development of a second container port somewhere between Melbourne and Geelong, and emphasised the importance of the Port of Geelong to the regional economy. 
The joint submission included input from 11 organisations, including peak industry, community and government bodies from Geelong and the Wyndham area.

Port lease delivers $970m for regional Victoria 

Regional Victoria is a major winner thanks to the successful leasing of the Port of Melbourne, with more than $970 million to be invested in regional and rural infrastructure projects. 
The Lonsdale Consortium, comprising of the Future Fund, QIC, GIP and OMERS signed a lease of the port’s commercial operations for a term of 50 years. The lease, worth in excess of $9.7 billion, reflects strong bidder interest and the port’s value, as the biggest container and cargo port in the country. 
Ten per cent of lease proceeds will be invested in regional and rural Victoria, totalling more than $970 million, creating jobs and supporting economic growth across the State. 
The proceeds are available for infrastructure projects and programs that will benefit the agricultural sector, including transport, irrigation, and energy projects, as well as skills development programs and market access campaigns. 

Oberon High moves to Armstrong Creek 

Armstrong Creek Education precinctOberon High School will be moved to new growth area Armstrong Creek, to be part of an education precinct that will include a primary school and special school ready for students to start in 2018. The new Oberon High School will be ready before 2021. 
Development of the Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area, and the supply of adequate community facilities such as schools for the precinct, is a G21 Priority Project. 
Oberon High School’s relocation was announced as part of a review into secondary school provision in Geelong’s south. 
The review investigated enrolment demand for existing local government secondary schools in Geelong’s south, before considering whether these schools have sufficient space to cater for future enrolments. This included the extra demand expected to come from nearby Armstrong Creek, which is expected to boom over the next 20 years with an extra 7,000 school-age residents living in the area by 2036. 
The Community Reference Group involved in the review strongly supported relocating Oberon High School and the State Government will now prioritise funding in future state budgets for the relocation.  

Shaping the future of Barwon Region 

Online consultation has started for the Barwon Regional Partnership community ahead of its first Regional Assembly to be held in Torquay on November 2. 
Share your ideas about creating a strong and diverse economy generating jobs, improving transport connections, strengthening social equity, new opportunities for young people and maximising the attractiveness of the region to businesses and visitors. 
There are also polls about local issues and links to strategic regional plans.
Feedback received online will help form discussion for an Assembly involving 100 community members, Members of Parliament and local government, who will come together to discuss priorities for each region. 
The Barwon Regional Partnership includes the shires of Colac Otway, Surf Coast, the Borough of Queenscliffe and the City of Greater Geelong and members include G21 chair Bill Mithen and CEO Elaine Carbines. 

Local Organisations Reap Benefit of New Energy Fund

CORE projectTwo local organisations have received funding under the State Government’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund.
SEA Automotive in Geelong will receive $516,720 in funding to support its work producing electric powered commercial vehicles. 
This grant will fund the first stage of a commercial electric vehicle manufacturing facility, with the long term aim of developing an innovative range of electric powered commercial vehicles. 
The initiative is expected to create employment for around 80 highly skilled, automotive assembly workers in the Geelong region over the next four years. 
Geelong Sustainability’s Community Owned Renewable Energy (CORE) project received funding to complete a Business Case that will develop an investment model that unlocks community investment in renewable energy. The Business Case will find ways to provide financial benefit to investors and host sites as well as ongoing social and environmental benefits.
The project aims to encourage community participation and investment in renewable energy while also benefiting the environment and establishing a revolving fund for investment in renewable energy projects and social enterprise. 

Better Drug and Alcohol Support in the Otways

The State Government is investing in a pioneering project using telehealth to make it easier to access drug and alcohol recovery services for people living in the Southern Otways region. 
Otway Health and Lorne Community Hospital will receive $241,220 to establish a joint partnership with Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery to deliver remote telehealth recovery services to the Southern Otways region. 
Using telehealth, people will be able to engage in recovery at local healthcare sites, whilst being supported by their families and communities within their own homes and save on travel and accommodation costs. 
The funding is from the new $10 million Better Care Victoria Innovation Fund, which aims to drive innovation across the health system to improve patient care and treatment.  

Helping Geelong’s Auto Industry Change Gear 

The State Government has announced a $71,000 funding boost to provide auto supply chain business Backwell IXL with intensive business support to plan for their future. 
The funding for Backwell builds on the $590,000 provided to 29 Victorian automotive supply chain companies under the Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program, which was established to help businesses identify future opportunities and new markets. 
As part of the initiative, eligible supply chain companies stand to receive a suite of assistance valued at up to $71,000 to engage the services of a suitably qualified industry specialist to help develop a plan for transition. 
This program is part of the State Government’s $46.5 million Automotive Transition Plan to help Victorian automotive businesses transition into new markets, retrain and find sustainable new work for workers, and attract investment into the communities most affected by the closure of automotive manufacturing. 

Deakin wins education export award 

Deakin University has strengthened its reputation as an international education leader by taking out the Education and Training category at the prestigious 37th Governor of Victoria Export Awards. 
The awards celebrate Victoria’s best exporters, with Deakin taking home the award for outstanding innovation and international success in the field of education and training services, expertise and curriculum including vocational training. 
Deakin began operations at its Waurn Ponds campus on the edge of Geelong in 1977 and has since opened campuses in the Geelong CBD, Warrnambool and Burwood. 
Deakin was one of the first Australian universities to open offices internationally and now has offices in four countries as well as staff in Asia, Europe and Africa. 


RDA BSW Committee update 

National Stronger Regions

RDABSW tableOn 7 October, the Federal Government announced 67 infrastructure projects to receive $126.5 million under Round Three of NSRF.

Overall, Victoria received 14% of the allocated funding in Round Three with four projects successful in the Barwon South West region receiving a total of $4.65 million project funding toward a total investment $9.4 million.

  • $3.5 m to Destination Queenscliff Precinct Revitalisation (Queenscliff) (total project value $7m)
  • $658k to Australian Kelpie Centre (Casterton) (total project value $1.3m)
  • $350k to construct the Mortlake multipurpose facility (Mortlake) (total project value $800k)
  • $155k for Winchelsea Town Centre Beautification Project (Winchelsea) (total project value $310k)

The National Stronger Regions Fund invests in infrastructure projects which deliver economic benefit and address disadvantage.

There will be no further funding rounds under this programme.

During the 2016 Federal election, the Australian Government announced the new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), to support infrastructure and community initiatives in areas outside of major cities.

The new fund will assess projects in three categories depending on the size of the project.  This will mean applications for smaller grants will not be competing with large projects for funding.  Guidelines for the BBRF are currently being developed.  Interested parties are encouraged to monitor the Department's website for future announcements regarding the new fund.

In addition to the NSRF funding, Colac CBD and Entrances project received $975,000 through the Community Development Grant Program. 

Click here to visit the RDA Committee website
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Items of regional interest

Regional Community Sector Climate Resilience Forum
The Community Services Climate Resilience Forum is being held so community service organisations can share their experiences and access sector experts to become more resilient in a future of increasing natural disasters and climate change. The forum will also launch the one-on-one planning phase of the program, where facilitators work directly with organisations to plan their pathway to improved resilience.

8 Nov, 10am-3pm, Corangamite Shire Council, 181 Manifold Street, Camperdown

Access to Justice for Women with Disabilities
Access to Justice is a key issue for women with a disability and is often one of the most significant barriers for women seeking support. This presentation aims to educate and empower women with disabilities to seek access to justice. RSVP by 11 Nov to

25 Nov, 11am-2pm, Deakin Cats Community Centre, Simmonds Stadium

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

Economic Indicator Data Movement Status
Unemployment rate 6.2% +0.7pts
Average weekly job advertisements 103 +24.1%
New monthly online job advertisements 1,478 +32.3%
Monthly domestic building activity $87.7m +26.0%
Monthly new dwelling building approvals 265 +19.9%
Monthly non-domestic building activity $25.7m -21.9%
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 Sept-Oct 2016.

G21 Membership

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

First State Super 
Kardinia Park Stadium Trust 
Shakespeare & Associates 

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
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