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February 2017



Good afternoon {FIRST_NAME|friend of G21},

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 - Geelong Region Alliance and the region. G21 is the formal alliance of government, business and community organisations, working together to improve people's lives in the G21 region.

Smart lighting in Ocean Grove
Funds & workshop tackle youth crime
Taskforce for $20m investment fund
Parkland plan for historic aqueduct 
Colac CBD revitalisation
Fixing the Great Ocean Road
SkyBus arrives at Avalon Airport

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 


Smart lighting in Ocean Grove

The City of Greater Geelong recently announced it had installed an integrated smart lighting system in Ocean Grove, connecting LED public lighting to WiFI and smart phone applications.think outside the box Web

The project will also provide the groundwork towards a sophisticated IoT (Internet of things) network to the benefit of the greater community.

The lighting innovation will provide some amazing benefits for local traders, residents and people visiting Ocean Grove.

The installation of LED smart lighting is a G21 Environment Pillar Project.

The smart lighting system also:
  • addresses safety concerns of local traders by improving the lighting of public areas
  • will reduce the City’s (lighting) energy costs by up to 70 per cent
  • reduce carbon emissions, and
  • require less maintenance than regular street lights.
General Manager City Services William Tieppo said: "The City decided to lead the way in local government by being one of the first municipalities to install integrated smart street lighting in Australia."

"Saving power and lowering CO2 by installing LED lights is a logical step, and by optimising this and including smart city networks at the same time, lowers costs which will be of great benefit.

"Our smart lighting system has everyone talking. So far we’ve received inquiries and interest from New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

"When people are in The Terrace they will be able to access free WiFi that is connected to the lights.

"We aim to roll out smart lighting across the municipality as part of a combined G21 Councils’ partnership initiative to future proof lighting infrastructure throughout the region.

"This will allow the City of Greater Geelong to provide improved traffic and parking conditions, safer pedestrian environments, improved services for tourists, improved commercial output and lower energy and maintenance costs as well as integrating any other future smart city developments that can be adapted quickly and cost efficiently into the new networks."

Funds & workshop tackle youth crime

Victoria's Minister for Police Lisa Neville recently announced $700,000 to help tackle youth crime in the Geelong area.
Youth support
Minister Neville and the Member for Geelong Christine Couzens also joined representatives from Victoria Police, the City of Greater Geelong, G21 - Geelong Region Alliance, local youth services agencies and community groups at a youth crime prevention workshop.

While the number of young offenders has fallen over the past decade, a small number of young criminals are committing serious crimes more frequently.

The Victoria Government provided the $700,000 to support specific interventions in Geelong for those young people at risk of offending or offending now. This will be a joint partnership of courts, youth agencies and police.

The funding is part of the Government’s $10 million Youth Crime Prevention Grants Program to tackle the underlying causes of this youth crime.

Minister Neville said: “We are working with local Geelong leaders and experts to intervene early to break the cycle of crime and build a safer community.”

Taskforce for $20m investment fund

Federal Minister for Regional Development Senator Fiona Nash and Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson recently announced members of the Geelong Regional Jobs and Investment Packages (RJIP) local planning committee.Investment growth - hand with tree

Professor Jane den Hollander was appointed chair of the committee along with the following members:
  • Helene Bender OAM
  • Bronwynne Calvert
  • Elaine Carbines (G21 CEO)
  • Justin Giddings
  • John Gorman
  • Assoc Prof Mark Kennedy
  • Jodie Sizer
  • Kylie Warne
“These local leaders know their region,” Minister Nash said.

“This Local Planning Committee will nominate the sectors of local industry the package will invest in.”

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, said the local planning committee for the Geelong and Corangamite regions would be known as the “Geelong Region Jobs and Investment Taskforce”.

The Taskforce will develop a local investment plan, which will identify forward looking strategic growth sectors to drive economic growth and create jobs.

“Once the investment plan is finalised, funding across all three streams of the programme will open for applications,” said Ms Henderson.

“The $20m Jobs and Investment fund is a great opportunity for the Geelong and Corangamite regions to drive job creation and new investment for our region into the future.

“This $20m investment is designed to strengthen and stimulate long-term economic growth and deliver sustainable employment,” Ms Henderson said.

For more information, visit the Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

Parkland plan for historic aqueduct

The State Government recently unveiled plans with Barwon Water to develop 66 hectares of public parkland around the heritage-listed ovoid sewer aqueduct in Breakwater.Breakwater viaduct

Parliamentary Secretary for Water Anthony Carbines said the proposal would connect the Geelong community with the environmental and recreational values of the Barwon River, as well as the significant history of the 100-year-old aqueduct.

The project is one element of the G21 Adventure Trails Priority Project and the G21 Environment Pillar's Barwon River Parklands project.

The 756-metre long aqueduct was commissioned in 1916 and provided the means for Geelong’s first main outfall sewer pipe to cross over the Barwon River on its way to Bass Strait.

Barwon Water’s plan involves removing some aqueduct spans, subject to Heritage Victoria approval, to allow safe access to the river and bank.

The majority of the historic structure would be retained.

The parkland proposal also provides for walking tracks, viewing platforms, signage and seating on the north side of the river.

Barwon Water has been working closely with the Barwon River Parklands Steering Committee, Heritage Victoria and other agencies, and is now seeking feedback from the broader community.

Colac CBD revitalisation

Colac is a step closer to revitalisation of its CBD, with the Colac Otway Shire recently calling for tenders for works on Murray Street between Corangamite and Queen streets.murray-street-colac-night-time

The CBD Revitalisation Project will deliver almost $2 million worth of improvements to the eastern end of the Colac central business district.

The Revitalisation of Colac CBD is a G21 Economic Development Pillar Project.

Shire CEO Sue Wilkinson said final funding had been approved from the federal government, which was the final step in the process before implementation.

“Council already had $975,000 towards the project from state and Council funding,” Ms Wilkinson said.

“Council is really excited about the positive effects this project will have on our CBD.

“Cost-benefit research has shown that every dollar invested in CBD upgrades will result in $3.60 of benefit to local traders, and that goes to the heart of what this project is about.”

Ms Wilkinson said there had been an enormous amount of community input into the planning stages of the CBD Revitalisation Project, and she thanked all the people who had so far contributed to the project.

Key highlights of the project include:
  • Creation of a pocket park on part of the Telstra site, corner of Murray and Queen streets
  • Centre median improvements including installation of up lighting from Corangamite Street through to Queen Street
  • Improved pedestrian safety measures
  • Replacement of the footpath between Corangamite Street and Queen Street
  • Installation of new street furniture including seating, bins and bike racks.

Fixing the Great Ocean Road

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan in December announced the State Government would invest $53 million to improve the surface of the Great Ocean Road, and reduce the risk it will be closed in the future due to landslips.GOR VicRoads

The 240 kilometre iconic tourist route will receive urgent repairs, including new rock fall netting, retaining walls and armour stone to prevent erosion by waves.

New traffic management technology – including electronic traveller information signs, CCTV monitoring devices, real time traffic counters and more signage – will also be installed to help tourists and residents in an emergency.

This investment is on top of the $50 million of joint State/Commonwealth funding for capital works and maintenance on the Great Ocean Road between Apollo Bay and Allansford.

The works will start in early 2017 and include further investigations along the length of the Great Ocean Road.

SkyBus arrives at Avalon Airport

A new SkyBus service now runs between Melbourne’s CBD and Avalon, making it quicker, easier and cheaper to get to the growing airport.Avalon Airport SkyBus - Acknowedge Avalon for pic

Victoria’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Member for Lara, John Eren joined the SkyBus operators on the tarmac late last year to announce the new service.

It is another great win for Avalon Airport which now offers Jetstar services to Hobart, Adelaide, Sydney and the Gold Coast.

There are more than 900,000 seats to and from the Airport each year. That is great for locals who work at the Airport and the entire region, which welcomes thousands of new visitors each year.

The SkyBus Avalon Express replaces existing services currently linking Avalon Airport and the city. Passengers will be able to use the new Airport Gateway facilities at Southern Cross Station, use free WI-FI and easily access ticketing options.

In just two years, the State Government has secured an additional 173,000 aeroplane seats for Victoria, which has an estimated economic impact of between $386 million and $575 million.

The SkyBus Avalon Express service began on 1 Feburary.


RDA BSW Committee update

Building Better Regions Fund

The Federal Government's Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) opened on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

The BBRF will invest $297.7 million over four years in infrastructure projects and community investments to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. Grants are available through two funding streams.

The Infrastructure Projects Stream will provide funding for projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas.  Applications for the Infrastructure Projects Stream close on 28 February 2017.

The Community Investments Stream will fund community-building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities. Applications for the Community Investments Stream close on 31 March 2017.

RDA BSW invites prospective applicants to request a letter of support for projects that fully meet the funding criteria and strongly align with the Barwon South West Regional Strategic Plan.

Prospective applicants are asked to forward any requests for a letter of support for the Infrastructure projects stream prior to 14 February 2017 and for the Community Investment stream prior to 17 March 2017.

For more information on the BBRF, please contact Lyn Moore at the RDA BSW Regional Office, phone: (03) 5215 6062 or email:
RDA BSW Committee meets in Portland

The RDA BSW Committee h
eld their first meeting for 2017 in Portland.  The meeting included site visits to Southern Canning Pty Ltd, Yumbah Aquaculture (Narrawong Abalone Farm) and the Portland Fish Market.

Southern Canning Pty Ltd produces canned and cured fish and seafood, exporting into China and Japan. The Committee lo
oked over the facility and then enjoyed tasting samples of wild abalone Abolne 3 doubleand farmed abalone, grown locally at the Narrawong Abalone Farm.

The committee then visited the Narrawong Abalone Farm where Tim Rudge, General Manager of Yumbah Aquaculture provided a guided tour of the facility.  Tim gave an overview of the day to day operations of the farm that has a stock of over six million abalone including Greenlip abalone that is unique to the arctic waters of Australia’s Great Southern Ocean.
(Pictures: Tim Rudge, General Manager, from nursery to ready to harvest)

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


Items of regional interest

Launch of ‘Localised’ – Connecting businesses across the G21 region

G21 and GROW (G21 Region Opportunities for Work) are pleased to be supporting Localised as it launches the Geelong and G21 Region supplier platform, connecting businesses (local suppliers and buyers) across the region.

This exciting new Geelong-based initiative will benefit businesses of all sizes across the G21 region, while supporting the social procurement approach of the GROW initiative.  GROW is a joint initiative of G21 and the Give Where You Live Foundation.

Details about Localised can be found here:

The launch is at 10am, 22 February at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre.  RSVP by clicking here.

Aboriginal Economic Board's Geelong Employer Seminar

G21 encourages diversity in the workplace and is therefore pleased to recommend the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Board's Geelong Employer Seminar on 15 March aimed at creating positive Aboriginal job and career outcomes in our region.

The FREE seminar will:

  • explain the support available to employ Aboriginal people
  • hear from businesses with successful Aboriginal employment
  • hear from young Aboriginal people looking for work.

Although free, tickets are necessary and can be obtained up to 8 March by clicking here.
Award winning, free spirit of ANZAC exhibition

The Award Winning - Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience, is coming to Geelong Arena from 21-27 February. This is the last chance to see this incredible touring exhibition in the State of Victoria. 

The free, travelling exhibition is a government initiative commemorating the ANZAC Centenary and has won awards for experiential design, innovation and technical achievement. You can watch a preview of the exhibition here

Although free, visitors will need to register for tickets on the official website or by calling: 1300 462 313. Group Bookings & Schools Welcomed.
Annual International Women’s Day Event

The Women in Community Life Advisory Committee is hosting the 3rd Annual International Women’s Day Event in the G21/Geelong region on Friday 3 March, 5pm-8pm at Geelong West Town Hall.

This year’s event will celebrate women across the region with the presentation of four categories of the Women in Community Life Awards.

Guest speaker will be Clementine Ford, a Melbourne based writer, speaker and feminist thinker. Clementine is a columnist for Fairfax's Daily Life and is a regular contributor to The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

The event will also include other speakers, light refreshments, live music, a women’s Aboriginal Cultural Ceremony, an opportunity to be part of the Women in Community Life photographic project, door prizes, networking and more.

Spaces limited. Bookings essential – click here.
Powercor Geelong Business Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Powercor Geelong Business Excellence Awards, recognising and acknowledging excellence in the region’s businesses.Powercor-GBEA-2017-Logo

Is this your business’ year to shine? Would you like to nominate a business you believe deserves recognition for its achievement?

Find out how to nominate by clicking here.  You can also register to attend an Awards information expo to hear first-hand about the awards process by clicking here.
Surf Coast Trek

The Surf Coast Trek 2017 – a 40km trek along the Surf Coast Walk, starting in Airey’s Inlet and finishing in Torquay – will be held on 29 April.Surf Coast Trek

The Trek helps raise much needed funds for two of the region’s most valued community organisations – Kids Plus Foundation and Give Where You Live Foundation.

G21 will be participating by entering Team G21, whose members are Elaine Carbines, Janice Lane, Ray Ingwersen, Liz Dando and Nada Malinac.

You can support Team G21 with sponsorship by clicking here.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Find out more about the Trek, and how you too can become involved, at

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, Heritage & 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 December 2016 Key Economic Indicators which monitors the region’s economy. The key points are:
Economic Indicator Data Movement Status
Unemployment rate 5.9% +0.6pts
Average weekly job advertisements 52 -52.3%
New monthly online job advertisements 1,022 -25.6%
Monthly domestic building activity $66.7m -20.8%
Monthly new dwelling building approvals 210 +17.0%
Monthly non-domestic building activity 21.0m -30.0%
Quarterly median house price $450,000 +5.9%

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 Dec 2016-Jan 2017.


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.

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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Elaine Carbines
Chief Executive Officer
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