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G21 MEMBERSHIP G21 region has made an extraordinary start to 2018 with confirmation of:
G21 is proud to have provided advocacy and a focused voice for each.
With other regional priorities in focus, we look forward with anticipation to the promise of a State Election and potentially a Federal Election year. The approaching Victorian Election will be headline focus at G21’s annual Stakeholder Forum in August, with both Premier Daniel Andrews and Opposition Leader Matthew Guy confirmed as speakers.
The two leaders have accepted invitations to address the forum, highlighting its profile and importance as a major annual regional think tank.
They will field questions from the audience at the conclusion of their presentations.
G21 is hoping Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam will also attend.
This year’s forum, on August 17, will provide ideal timing for leaders to outline policies with the November 24 election looming.
Be sure to save the date, and stay tuned for announcement on ticket sales and confirmation of other speakers.
Pictured left Matthew Guy, right Daniel Andrews. Avalon Airport will provide G21 region with international wings, with news of a breakthrough partnership with AirAsia generating widespread excitement and relief.
The airline will launch twice daily flights between Avalon and Kuala Lumpur later in 2018, unlocking immense potential economic gains and scope for growth.
AirAsia CEO and co-founder Tony Fernandes joined Linfox Airports chief David Fox, Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Victorian Industry and Employment Minister Ben Carroll for announcement of the deal in an Avalon aircraft hangar.
Hundreds of regional leaders and airport partners attended and heard political leaders hail a profound moment in Geelong’s economic history, and the beginning of a ‘beautiful partnership’ with potential tourism benefits which should not be underestimated.
G21 has strongly advocated for Avalon’s growth during talks across years with federal and state government leaders, and the airport maintains Priority Project status.
Air Asia’s arrival is expected to bring 500,000 international passengers through Avalon in the first year of operation, with generation of 200 jobs and far-reaching implications for G21 region and Great Ocean Road tourism.
The Kuala Lumpur flights will open up more than 130 connecting destinations across Asia and beyond for travellers, and AirAsia jets will be able to export 14 tonnes of fresh Victorian produce to Asia every day.
Avalon Airport owner Linfox is set to start $20 million work on an international terminal. G21 will continue to seek state and federal government support for developments including establishment of customs and quarantine facilities and an essential public transport link.
Avalon CEO Justin Giddings said a 10-year deal with AirAsia had been structured to accommodate the airline’s significant growth.
“It is the first such deal in Australia and provides a unique low-cost opportunity for people and businesses to access over 130 destinations throughout Asia,” Mr Giddings said.
“Low-cost flights combined with an easy airport experience makes for the perfect partnership.”
Read more here.
Caption: Air Asia flight crew members are pictured after the announcement with, back, from left Linfox Airports chief David Fox, AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail, Victorian Industry and Employment Minister Ben Carroll, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, Federal Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings, Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, State Tourism Minister John Eren and Member for Corio Richard Marles. Potential location of a new Geelong convention and exhibition centre has generated headline discussion following confirmation Geelong and the Great Ocean Road will receive a Federal City Deal.
G21 played strong part in securing the deal for the region and was at the forefront of lobbying including important talks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra in March.
G21 has also helped keep stakeholders involved in and focused on the bid and now welcomes playing a central role in discussion on prioritising projects to be included for visionary investment. Stakeholders will meet for talks next week.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Acting Premier James Merlino signed the City Deal Memorandum of Understanding on Geelong waterfront on January 17, 2018.
G21 CEO Elaine Carbines and chair Bill Mithen and representatives of several of the Alliance’s member municipalities were present to witness and applaud the landmark event.
A long-discussed convention centre is among G21’s top investment priorities, alongside the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan, Great Ocean Road, Geelong CBD Revitalisation, Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour and continued growth of advanced manufacturing.
G21 believes supporting our visitor economy remains an important objective and aligns with the central aim of establishing the convention centre.
Successful City Deals focus on leveraging cities’ particular strengths and qualities.
G21 region has much to work with and much to gain but exacting the funding process will depend strongly on unified voice and sharing of vision for realising potential and economic growth.
Read more here.
Pictured: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with, from left, G21 CEO Elaine Carbines, Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor Susan Salter, Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson and G21 chair Bill Mithen. G21 board members have endorsed the Port of Geelong’s elevation as a Priority Project, magnifying its importance as an economic driver and the need to plan for its growth.
The Priority Project focuses on strengthening of the port’s critical road, rail and channel links and protecting availability of suitable adjoining land for 24-hour port activities and related industries.
Operated by GeelongPort, it is already Victoria’s premier bulk and largest regional port but is expected to significantly expand operations during the next 15 years.
The port currently processes more than 11 million tonnes of cargo each year, about 25 per cent of Victoria’s total trade, generating $7 billion and 1400 jobs for the Victorian economy.
By 2035 the port will manage more than 18 million tonnes of cargo annually, generating $11 billion and 3100 jobs.
Strengthening of its freight links focuses on improving rail and road connections and deepening of the Geelong shipping channel to accommodate larger vessels with larger loads.
GeelongPort is analysing its channel deepening and road and rail requirements. Details of work required and associated costs are expected to be available late in March, 2018. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull value-added his City Deal trip to Geelong with announcement of $20 million in Regional Jobs and Investment Packages program allocations.
Ranging from $5 million to $70,000, they will accelerate projects in fields ranging from advanced manufacturing and specialist production to tourism and municipal works in a significant boost for the regional economy.
Together they are expected to generate more than 1200 jobs, including 200 in advanced manufacturing alone.
A headline allocation of $5 million went to LeMond Composites for continued design and construction of Australia’s first carbon fibre manufacturing plant in Geelong, using technology developed by researchers at Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus.
The $250 million Cape Otway Road Australia (CORA) world-class elite sport training facility proposed for Modewarre also received a major boost with a $3.28 million allocation, despite not yet having received formal planning approvals.
Other allocations included:
The shire will match the funding and is excited to proceed, with community members having identified the work as important.
G21 CEO Elaine Carbines was a member of the Corangamite Jobs and Investment Panel which assessed funding priorities.
See the full list of allocations here. Work is underway on $3.5 million upgrading of Queenscliff sport and recreation precinct, including construction of new netball courts, cricket nets and car parks.
A new playground, landscaping and improvements to adjoining roads, kerbing and footpaths are also part of the project, scheduled for completion in April.
The Victorian Government has funded the work via its Community Sports Infrastructure Fund for the Borough of Queenscliffe, as delivery of a 2014 election commitment.
Mayor Susan Salter said members and supporters of the precinct’s sporting clubs would enjoy vastly improved facilities. Local contractor John Monahan Pty Ltd is completing the work. Alcoa is seeking public response to a draft Concept Master Plan for its former mine and power station site adjoining Anglesea.
The plan proposes possible future uses for four areas of freehold land owned by Alcoa and incorporates potential changes to existing land tenure arrangements.
People have until March 6, 2018 to view the plan and provide feedback. People can download the plan here.
Among proposals are a potential major ecotourism attraction, accommodation and community facilities, conservation of high-value native flora and the ability to facilitate delivery of sustainable residential housing and tourism accommodation.
The plan has been shaped by broad community consultation, consideration of the site’s natural attributes and histories, future economic opportunities and key planning documents including the Anglesea Futures Land Use Plan and Anglesea Structure Plan.
A final community drop-in session to view the plan will be outside Anglesea IGA supermarket from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on Thursday, February 15, 2018. New eras in learning are underway at Armstrong Creek and Bannockburn with opening of new schools, supporting rapidly growing populations.
Premier Daniel Andrews formally opened the Armstrong Creek Education Precinct, which integrates 400-pupil primary and 208-student special schools alongside community hub facilities including sport courts, fields and a gymnasium.
A next stage of development will see Oberon High School relocated to the site.
Mr Andrews also helped welcome students to Bannockburn’s new P-12 College, the first secondary school in Golden Plains Shire.
The school was established after extensive campaigning by the community and shire, strongly supported by G21.
Provision of infrastructure and services for the Armstrong Creek urban growth area is a G21 priority project,and Bannockburn P-12 School an Education and Training Pillar Project. Colac Otway Shire has identified 30 major project priorities requiring more than $10 million in funding.
They include $1.3 million for a Lake Colac Foreshore Master Plan and $1.35 million for road upgrades and maintenance. Priorities also include advocacy for implementation of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan and Great Ocean Road authority.
Community consultation helped define the list, along with assessments of merit, cost, feasibility and necessity.
Mayor Joe McCracken said many of the projects would require advocacy for state and federal government support.
People can visit www.colacotway.vic.gov.au or contact the shire to register to receive a formal priority projects document.
Pictured: Lake Colac foreshore. The innovative G21 Region Opportunities for Work (GROW) project is in the running for a prestigious state award next week.
GROW is among finalists in the policy development category in the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) Victoria awards.
Other finalists are the Department of Education and Training for its Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan and VicRoads for its graduated motorcycle licensing system.
Award winners will be announced on February 20, 2018.
GROW is a joint initiative of G21 and the Give Where You Live Foundation, targeting place-based disadvantage by focusing on local business procurement and generation of jobs.
The program continues to provide a model for other regions.
During the past few weeks G21 Chief Executive Officer Elaine Carbines, Give Where You Live Foundation chair Bill Mithen and GROW director Anne O’Brien have outlined GROW’s objectives and achievements for visiting delegations from the Latrobe Valley Authority and the Committee for Greater Shepparton.
Learn more about GROW here.
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