G21 Snapshots - April 2016
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  April 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.

State goes head with western distributor 
Interim administrator sworn in at City of Greater Geelong 
Target's support HQ to leave Geelong 
G21 makes push for funding through social media 
New soccer hub for Corio 
Central Reserve architect's designs unveiled  
Geelong Koori Court to start mid-year 
Colac scores new Police Station 
Helping Victoria’s auto industry transform and survive 
My Geelong My Idea 
Save the Date: G21 Health & Wellbeing Partner Forum 

RDA BSW Committee update 
Items of regional interest 
Latest news from the G21 Pillars
Key Economic Indicators released
Media articles of interest to the G21 region
G21 Membership


State goes ahead with Western Distributor

The State Government has announced its 2016/17 Victorian Budget will provide the full funding required to build the Western Distributor Project – a second river crossing that will slash travel time to Melbourne from the G21 region by 20 minutes.
The $1.46 billion project provide a much-needed alternative to the West Gate Bridge and will remove thousands of trucks from local streets. In turn, this will reduce congestion around the West Gate Bridge, which is G21 Priority under its Transport links to Melbourne project.
The Western Distributor will provide a better, faster, safer and more reliable route between Melbourne and Geelong, supporting the region’s long term economic growth. The current bumper-to-bumper traffic on the West Gate Freeway will be relieved by increased capacity.
Concept designs for the project have been released. This design is not final and will continue to develop in response to new information and feedback - including community and stakeholder input, planning approvals decisions and through the competitive tender process.
Consultation is currently taking place. To participate, click here: www.westerndistributorproject.vic.gov.au.
The Government and Transurban have signed an agreement on processes for the tender, planning and engagement stages and will establish the Western Distributor Authority to oversee development of the project.

Western Distriutor benefits

Interim administrator sworn in at City of Greater Geelong

The City of Greater Geelong’s new interim administrator Yehudi Blacher was sworn in at City Hall on 16 April, ready to assume the role of Mayor and Councillors and to begin addressing the issues raised in the Commission of Inquiry’s report.

Mr Blacher has extensive senior leadership experience in a number of government departments. From 2002 to 2011 he was Secretary of the Departments of Victorian Communities and Planning and Community Development.
Mr Blacher aims to bring confidence and stability back to the City of Greater Geelong while ensuring normal Council functions continue. He will work with Council staff until ongoing administrators can be appointed.

Greater Geelong CEO Kelvin Spiller has also made a strong commitment to resolve the Commission’s findings, and will use the report as a valuable blueprint for improvement, and get on with the business of running an efficient and well-governed organisation.’
With Greater Geelong’s former Mayor no longer representing the City of Greater Geelong as a G21 Director, the G21 Board will elect a new Chair at its April Board meeting.

Target's support HQ to leave Geelong

Target has announced that it is cutting staff and will move its Head Office operations from North Geelong to a location closer to Melbourne.

Around 900 employees have been offered voluntary redundancies before forced redundancies will be considered.
It has been suggested that up to 180 jobs will be axed. There is also the possibility that some employees will be redeployed elsewhere within the Wesfarmers group.
The decision to move Target Head Office operation is a huge blow for workers and their families and to the regional economy.
Minister Jacinta Allan convened a meeting this week with the Company’s management team and key regional Stakeholders, including G21 CEO Elaine Carbines. 

G21 makes push for funding through social media

TweetsThe formal election period may not have started yet, but here at G21 we have been long prepared. Numerous meetings with politicians and candidates have taken place, explaining our Priority Projects and why they are important to the region’s future.
As in previous elections, G21 is keeping a running tally sheet of commitments against G21 Priority Projects.
We have also re-introduced our election Social media campaign, which is currently placing pressure on key government officials as we lead into July’s federal election.

Each week, @G21_Geelong has been raising awareness about a G21 Priority Project, quoting facts, emphasising the need for important infrastructure and promoting the benefits it would provide to the G21 region.

We have directed these tweets directly to Ministers, Shadow Ministers, local members and candidates.

To monitor G21’s social media campaign, ‘like’ G21 on Facebook and follow @G21_Geelong on Twitter. And make sure you re-tweet to show your support!

New soccer hub for Corio

SoccerThe State Government is building a FIFA standard synthetic soccer pitch at Geelong’s Leisuretime Centre.
This is a G21 Priority under the Addressing Disadvantage project, and recognises that upgraded facilities can keep a community active, and will help tackle obesity, community health and wellbeing and depression.
A $600,000 Community Sports Infrastructure Fund grant will transform the Corio site into a state-of-the-art soccer hub the whole community can enjoy.
Soccer participation is increasing throughout the G21 region. It recorded a 12.1% increase in the 2014-15 season, which follows a 19.2% increase in the 2013-14 season. This significant growth in recent years has resulted in an overuse of current facilities and maximised club capacity.
The new complex includes a synthetic pitch, complete with floodlighting, fencing, player shelters, removable goals, storage areas and benches for spectators. When complete, the project will increase participation by 1,500 people each year.
The FIFA standard synthetic soccer pitch will provide extra space for a range of growing sports, including AFL 9s, Touch Football and Ultimate Frisbee.

Central Reserve architect's designs unveiled

Central Reserve user groupsArchitects' designs for Colac’s Central Reserve off-field facility redevelopment have been unveiled.
A committee of Central Reserve users have played a key role in the designs, which will bring the 1960s facilities up to modern standards for footballers, netballers, umpires and other reserve users.
The designs have now been put out to tender as three separate components – the new pavilion, netball changerooms and amenities, and the grandstand refurbishment.
The upgrade of Central Reserve is an important element of the G21 Addressing Disadvantage Priority Project. The Federal Government has contributed $2.5 million to the project, while the State Government recently contributed $200,000.
Additional funding is being sought through Sport and Recreation Victoria and Regional Development Victoria funding programs to complete the full scope of the Central Reserve Master Plan.
In the meantime, the Project Reference Group has done a lot of work on the Central Reserve designs to ensure that the project has the flexibility to make required adjustments if the budget falls short.
Once complete, the Central Reserve will cater for the needs of the Colac Tigers footballers and netballers, as well as the Colac and District Football Netball League, which used the reserve for finals.  It would be fit to host Geelong Falcons, VFL games and AFL NAB Challenge matches.

Geelong Koori Court to start mid-year

Aboriginal elders will play a prominent role in Geelong’s justice system, when Victoria’s newest Koori Court opens this June.
Attorney-General Martin Pakula launched the court last month during an official ceremony at the Geelong Law Court, making it the 11th adult Koori Court and the 12th Children’s Koori Court in the state.
Koori Courts were established in 2002 to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal Victorians in the criminal justice system, ensuring offenders are sentenced in a more culturally appropriate manner and are able to discuss the underlying life issues that contribute to their behaviour.
They involve the Koori community, Aboriginal Elders and Respected Persons in the court process, with an Elder or Respected Person providing cultural advice to the magistrate and discussing the background of the offender.
The magistrate still sentences the offender in accordance with the same requirements that apply in mainstream courts.

Colac scores new Police Station

13012819_1047728635297346_2523065839671458446_nThe State Government has announced $11.47 million for a new police station in Colac as part of a $36.8 million package to be included in the 2016/17 Victorian Budget.
In total, seven new police stations will be built in regional Victoria and a further 15 stations will be upgraded, including Geelong Police Station.
The new stations and refurbishments will ensure regional police are working in modern facilities, to better support victims, hold perpetrators to account and assist officers in carrying out their critical work.

Helping Victoria’s auto industry transform and survive

The Victorian Automotive Transition Taskforce has held its first meeting with the goal of helping Victorian automotive businesses, workers and communities transition to new opportunities and secure jobs.
The meeting was chaired by Minister for Industry Lily D’Ambrosio, who was joined by fellow taskforce members, Minister for Employment Jacinta Allan and Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert, along with representatives from Ford, Holden, Toyota, unions and industry groups.
They were joined by local MPs who will chair local automotive transition taskforces that will provide advice on emerging issues affecting communities that are heavily impacted by the closure of the car manufacturers.
The taskforce will help oversee the implementation of Victoria’s Automotive Transition Plan, which includes:

  • $5 million Automotive Supply Chain Transition Program to help businesses identify and capture new opportunities in other markets
  • $33 million Local Industry Fund for Transition to support communities hit hard by the departure of Ford, Holden and Toyota
  • Up to $7,000 incentive payments for businesses employing retrenched auto workers.

A Skills and Jobs Centre has been set up at the Gordon Institute to help workers access training and job support services.

My Geelong My Idea

My Geelong, My Idea is a community-based innovation competition to help shape Geelong's tomorrow. The project intends to spark a deeper regional conversation about Geelong's future, encourage and facilitate citizen-led action and instil a sense of possibility.

My Geelong, My Idea invites residents to submit and vote on ideas to solve some of the most pressing challenges in the Geelong community. Ideas are then shortlisted via popular public vote with a panel of Geelong community leaders choosing a winning idea. The outcome includes a commitment to develop and test the winning idea through a rapid proof-of-concept program supported by Geelong institutions. 

To learn more, vote on an idea or submit an idea of their own, http://www.mygeelongmyidea.org.au/

SAVE THE DATE: G21 Health & Wellbeing Partner Forum

save_the_date_-_hwb_partner_forumThe G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar is holding their bi-annual Partner Forum on 26 May 2016 (9am-12.30pm).
The Forum will look at ‘Inclusive practice: an equal experience for all’.
Keynote Speaker Rowena Allen is Victoria’s first Gender and Sexuality Commisioner. A Champion for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians, Rowena was founding CEO of UnitingCare Cutting Edge and established Victoria’s first rural support group for young LGBTI people. This gives her particular insight into the issues faced by LGBTI in rural and regional areas.
The Forum will also hear from leaders across the G21 region, and gain an insight into practical ways of responding to the needs of all users regardless of age, gender, mental and physical abilities, race, ethnic heritage or sexual orientation. 


RDA BSW Committee update 

Regional Development Australia (RDA) National Forum

On 11 April, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development announced that the 2016 Regional Development Australia (RDA) National Forum will be held in Albany WA, on 25 October.
The forum will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conference, which will be held in Albany from 26–28 October.
The RDA National Forum is an important opportunity for RDA Committees to consider models to drive economic development, share information and gain a stronger understanding of Australian Government initiatives and programmes to support Australia's regions.
Minister Nash will be attending both meetings and highlighted that the alignment of the two events provides a unique opportunity for RDA Committee members to explore key issues affecting regional Australia.
Minister Nash's full media release can be found here.
Future Industries Fund
The Victorian Government launched the Future Industries Sector Strategies in March 2016, together with the Sector Growth Program.
The Future Industries Fund is now open for applications under one of the following programs:

The $200 million Future Industries Fund supports high growth industry sectors that are critical to securing Victoria's future as a competitive, innovative and outward looking economy.
The Victorian Government has identified priority sectors that have potential for extraordinary economic growth and the capacity to create high-skill, high wage jobs. These include:

  • Construction Technologies
  • Defence Technologies
  • Food and Fibre
  • International Education
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
  • Professional Services
  • New Energy Technologies
  • Transport Technologies

For more information, please contact the RDA regional office on 03 5215 6000.
Click here to visit the RDA Committee website

Click here to follow RDA Committee on Twitter

Items of regional interest 

Economic transformation through collaboration

What role will the public sector can play in the economic transformation of the G21 region? Geelong Leaders will examine the value of strategic planning and investment, the potential created by infrastructure development and renewal, the relocation of government agencies into Geelong, the best forms of support for private sector growth and innovation, and how all parts of the communities can be engaged in the transformation of Geelong.
26 April 2016, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop Street Geelong

Shed to Ship: Export Advantage
Geelong exporters will receive a major boost with ‘Shed to Ship’; a new, affordable program that focuses on developing strategic export sales outcomes tailored specifically for businesses in the G21 region. This unique program works with you to develop an actionable plan and builds knowledge, skills and confidence to ready your business for export, regardless of your current level of export experience.

Have a say on local government electoral regulations

Victorian council elections are being held on October 22.  Reforms are proposed to ensure the elections are fair and inclusive. Have your say on proposed changes, which include candidate information provided to postal voters and the deadline for postal votes by Friday 6 May, 2016.

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

Economic Indicator Data Movement Status
Unemployment rate 7.1% +2.0pts
Average weekly job advertisements 95 +37.7%
New monthly online job advertisements 1,172 +4.6%
Monthly domestic building activity $68.8m +47.3%
Monthly new dwelling building approvals 204 +36.9%
Monthly non-domestic building activity 67.3m +119.2%
Quarterly mediam house price $430,000 +2.4%

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 Jan - Feb 2016.

G21 Membership

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

Forrest & District Community Group 
Urban Service Solutions 
You Yangs Mountain Bike Club 

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.

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.
Elaine Carbines

Elaine Carbines
Chief Executive Officer
0437 202 300


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