G21 Snapshots newsletter - October
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  October 2014
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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.

G21 Stakeholder Forum standout success
G21 co-hosts Bay West vs Hastings port public debate
Two New Schools for Armstrong Creek
$22 million investment brings new jobs to Colac
Aboriginal youth spread the message
Geotechnical drilling underway for western section of East West Link
On Track for Avalon Rail Link
Labor commits to $200 million Regional Job Fund
G21 Board farewells Director
AFL Victoria supports Central Reserve redevelopment
Queenscliff champion recognised for commitment to coast
Great Ocean Road history cast in bronze
A vision for a thriving Winchelsea

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


G21 Stakeholder Forum standout successStakeholder Forum

Victoria’s political leaders spoke to a sell-out audience of 200 people at the recent annual G21 Stakeholder Forum at the RACV Torquay Resort.

Premier Dr Denis Napthine, Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews and Leader of the Victorian Greens Greg Barber made it clear they each understood the importance of the G21 region to the election outcome. They each spoke at length about the commitment their party had to the region. The major parties stopped short in making any formal commitments, hinting that it was a long campaign and there was more to come, but Greens leader Greg Barber threw his in-principal support behind the redevelopment of the Apollo Bay Harbour precinct; a G21 2014 Priority project.

ABC Radio 774’s Jon Faine changed pace when he spoke about the public’s perception of politics; painting a picture of a society becoming increasingly disillusioned with politicians and the media.

Stakeholder ForumVictoria Police Superintendent Daryl Clifton gave an eye-opening account of the growing problem of ‘ice’ abuse in our community. He spoke positively of the organisations across the G21 region who are pulling together to combat this growing problem, forming a collective community effort.

Damian Armour, Epworth Geelong’s CEO, gave an update on construction of Epworth’s new hospital at Waurn Ponds. Scheduled to open in 2016, the hospital, where possible, will use local contractors. Already contracts worth $12.5 million have been let to local companies.

G21 co-hosts Bay West vs Hastings port public debate
Claims and counter claims over the best site for Victoria’s next major container ship port were debated by Victoria’s Ports Minister and the Shadow Minister in Geelong on 6 October in the leadup to the November state election.
The location of a major new port in Corio Bay, as the Labor Opposition proposes with Bay West, is a matter of potentially significant interest to Geelong and the G21 region. The Coalition Government has nominated Hastings, to the east of Melbourne, as its preferred location for a new port.
The debate created heated discussion as the speakers addressed their key points. Minister for Ports David Hodgett MP raised environmental issues, suggesting that Bay West would block recreational fishing on Bellarine Peninsula. Shadow Minister for Ports Natalie Hutchins MP noted that two thirds of Victoria's freight is located in the west, and would therefore have the unnecessary expense of being freighted 100kms to Hastings.
The location of the new port is potentially one of the most important decisions to be taken by any government about our region, with impacts that will be felt for decades into the future. It is clear that the economic, environmental and logistics considerations of both proposals need to be further explored and properly explained to the whole community.
The debate was jointly hosted by G21 and the Committee for Geelong. The debate and a Q&A session were moderated by ABC News Geelong’s Cameron Best.
Two New Schools for Armstrong Creek
On 10 October, Premier Denis Napthine announced that families in Geelong’s Armstrong Creek growth area, a G21 Priority Project, will benefit from two new schools.
Armstrong Creek is forecast to expand rapidly, and when fully developed will provide housing for between 55,000 and 65,000 people. These two co-located schools, a primary school and a special school, will offer new education opportunities for families in the area in close proximity to other community services.

Also supporting the growth of Armstrong Creek, Geelong’s newest railway station has opened, with locals gathering to celebrate the commencement of V/Line train services from Waurn Ponds Station. It took just over seven months to build the new station, which will run 100 return services a week to Geelong and Melbourne.
And in other Armstrong Creek news, Minister for Planning Matthew Guy has finalised plans for the Armstrong Creek town centre through the approval of Amendment C267. This extension is planned to ensure residents in the southern growth corridor have access to local jobs, retail, community and sporting facilities as well as public transport.

$22 million investment brings new jobs to Colac
Up to 200 jobs will be created in Colac, after Australian Lamb Pty Ltd was awarded a $3.25 million grant from the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF).
The grant will allow Australian Lamb to establish their $22 million Production Expansion and Export (PEEP) Program that will see them increase export capacity to meet growing demand in foreign markets, including China and the Middle East.
The expansion will create 125 new full-time jobs by June 2017, potentially increasing to 200 jobs by October 2017. There will also be 100 trade jobs during the two year implementation period. The expansion will boost productivity and increase the production capacity of the Colac production plant by 25 per cent.
The investment is a welcome boost for the local agricultural community, as it is anticipated that the plant expansion will also result in an extra 100 indirect jobs in the local supply chain, as local suppliers, cleaning and transport companies take on additional work to support Australian Lamb’s growing production.
GRIIF is a $29.5 million competitive, merit-based grants program. Eligible projects focus on encouraging new investment in the G21 region, creating new or additional business capacity that results in sustainable jobs.
Aboriginal youth spread the message

Spreading the MessageRelationships between young Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people have been strengthened by a unique sharing of experiences and stories through Aboriginal art at a Geelong school.
The Spreading the Message project brought together a group of Aboriginal young people at Northern Bay College to share their stories through designing and painting timber bollards. The artworks show the diversity of young Aboriginal people, their understanding of their culture and their connections to family and community.
Award winning Aboriginal artist Nathan Patterson and proud Wathaurong woman Corrina O’Toole helped the students with how to express what they wanted to say in words, symbols and story art.
The bollards are now significant pieces of public art that form a basis for discussion between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth. The collaboration between G21 and Northern Bay College included the production of a short book and video as a resource to help other schools launch similar activities.
The project was warmly welcomed by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, who later featured it on the home page of their website, and on their Twitter and Facebook profiles.

Spreading the Message was funded by The Rory McCaffrey Reconciliation Collaborative and Transport Accident Commission
Geotechnical drilling underway for western section of East West Link

Geotechnical drilling works for the western section of the East West Link, a G21 Priority under the Transport Links to Melbourne project, have started, which will inform construction of the $8-10 billion connection from CityLink to the Western Ring Road.

The western section of the East West Link will complete the link between the Eastern Freeway and the Western Ring Road. It will reduce general congestion and cut 15 – 20 minutes from travel time when commuting from Geelong to the city and other key destinations.

It has also been announced that at least 150 automotive workers will be employed on the East West Link project, with a targeted program to retrain automotive industry workers, and give them the skills they need to transition into an exciting new career.

On Track for Avalon Rail Link

The next stage in planning for the Avalon Airport Rail Link, which will connect Avalon Airport to Melbourne and Geelong, has been announced. A rail link to Avalon Airport is part of G21's Avalon Airport Priority Project.

The preferred alignment for the Avalon Airport Rail Link has been developed through a detailed planning study, and is currently under public exhibition.

The Avalon Airport Rail Link will support the development of Avalon Airport as Victoria’s second international airport. It will complement a Melbourne Airport rail link and give Victoria a massive economic advantage by allowing for increased competition in the aviation industry and improved tourism access.

An amendment to the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme has also been prepared to create the reservation for the rail link.

Click here to view the preferred alignment. Any submissions must be made by 27 October 2014.

Labor commits to $200 million Regional Job Fund

Victorian Labor will establish the Regional Jobs Fund, a $200 million investment fund to support job-creating projects in regional Victoria, if elected to government.

The fund, which is estimated to create 100,000 full-time jobs, will grow industries by:
  • upgrading manufacturing and processing plants facilities
  • providing incentives for large companies to move to, or expand into, regional Victoria
  • providing marketing support for regional businesses who are exporting internationally
  • encouraging companies to invest in renewable energy.
If elected, Labor have also committed to:
  • establishing Regional Business Centres to provide expert advice and assistance to businesses looking to expand or relocate to regional Victoria
  • establishing Regional Cities Clusters, bringing together representatives of regional businesses, research centres and government to collaborate, innovate and increase competiveness
  • introducing the Back To Work Act – a $100 million fund to provide payroll tax relief to companies hiring unemployed youth, the long-term unemployed and retrenched workers into full time work
  • guaranteeing $1 billion in funding for the repair and upgrade of regional roads.
G21 Board farewells Director
Stephen WallThe G21 Board has farewelled Director Stephen Wall, after his resignation as the Chief Executive Officer of the Surf Coast Shire. Mr Wall has accepted a position as Chief Executive Officer of Maribyrnong City Council.

During his time on the G21 Board, Stephen was a valued member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Board liaison for the Sport & Recreation Pillar. He worked enthusiastically to advocate for projects of importance to the Surf Coast Shire, and particularly enjoyed leading discussions with key politicians during G21’s Canberra delegations.

We wish him well in his new role.
AFL Victoria supports Central Reserve redevelopment

AFL Victoria has thrown its support behind Colac’s Central Reserve redevelopment project, which is a G21 Priority under its Addressing Disadvantage project.

AFL Barwon Region General Manager Lee Hartman has joined Colac Otway Shire Council in calling for both sides of state government to provide bi-partisan support for the $4.5 million project. The Federal Government has pledged $2.5 million towards the project, leaving $2 million outstanding.

Having been recently upgraded, Central Reserve has the best playing surface in the region. With facilities to match, it could attract VFL and TAC games to Colac.

The proposed upgrade includes a grandstand redevelopment, competition lighting for netball and football, change rooms for netballers and an upgrade to the netball courts.

The project will benefit a diverse range of sporting and community groups, including football, netball, little athletics, school students, dog obedience participants, people with disabilities, musical groups and more.

Queenscliff champion recognised for commitment to coast

Barwon Coastal AwardsThe Borough of Queenscliffe Council has won the prestigious Coastal Building and Design Award at the 2014 Victorian Coastal Awards for the Point Lonsdale Foreshore Revitalisation project.

The project was recognised for highlighting local features both natural and built, using sensitive design to the coast and previously historic built environment and ensuring high level of construction supervision.

The project has been a local priority for over a decade, with ongoing and passionate support and participation in its development since early 2000. The Point Lonsdale Foreshore Revitalisation project aim was to increase foreshore amenity, facilities and accessibility, whilst retaining the iconic foreshore character and village feel.

Great Ocean Road history cast in bronze

The official start of the Great Ocean Road has been marked at Spring Creek in Torquay with a bronze plaque.

The Torquay plaque, installed at Spring Creek, is the last of 14 to be installed as designed by internationally renowned sculptor and war historian Dr Ross Bastiaan. Other plaques are installed at Anglesea, Urquhart’s Bluff, the Memorial Arch near Fairhaven, Devil’s Elbow, Cinema Point, Big Hill, Lorne, Cumberland River, Wye River, Cape Patton, Apollo Bay, Lavers Hill and near Princetown.

The plaque tells the story of the road’s construction as the world’s biggest war memorial, through ‘pick and shovel construction’.

The plaque also includes a synopsis of Torquay’s rich history; from its indigenous heritage as Wathaurung land to the start of the Spring Creek township.

Spring Creek was officially gazetted as the start of the 240km Great Ocean Road in 1936.

The plaques are a tribute to the area’s rich history and to the amazing efforts of those who built the Great Ocean Road.

A vision for a thriving Winchelsea

A vision and 18 principles for growth for Winchelsea’s future have been released as part of Surf Coast Shire Growing Winchelsea project.

“Winchelsea is a welcoming and thriving township with a rich cultural heritage and country village feel. The residents of Winchelsea have the best of both worlds, benefiting from a full range of activities and access to learning, employment, civic and cultural experiences, whilst living in a place that has a strong connection to the beautiful Barwon River and rural hinterland.”

The 18 principles for growth that will guide the development of a structure plan and urban design framework for Winchelsea’s future are grouped under four themes:

  • Celebrating the Barwon River
  • Authentic Country Village
  • Rich Cultural Heritage
  • Activities for Old and Young.

The vision and principles for growth have been developed through extensive community engagement and will provide a basis on which detailed plans for Winchelsea’s future will be developed.


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

On 1 October, the Australian Government announced the opening of the new National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF). 

The National Stronger Regions Fund is an initiative to boost social and economic development in Australia’s regions by funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities. The Australian Government has committed $1 billion to the fund over five years commencing from 2015–16.

Funding will be provided for capital projects which involve construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade, extension or enhancement of existing infrastructure. Projects selected for funding should deliver an economic benefit to the region beyond the period of construction, and should support disadvantaged regions or areas of disadvantage within a region.

Local Government and incorporated not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply for grants of between $20,000 and $10 million. Grant funding must be matched in cash on at least a dollar for dollar basis, and the funded part of the project must be completed on or before 31 December 2019.

Click here for information and guidelines on eligibility and how to apply

Applications for Round One funding will be accepted now until 5pm applicant’s local time on 28 November 2014.

The Regional Development Australia (RDA) Barwon South West Committee are interested to understand what projects that we could potentially assist with in:

  • identifying infrastructure projects
  • facilitate bring key parties together; and or
  • prepare applications, supporting documents and evidence.

For more information or if you would like a copy of this document, please email us rda.barwonsouthwest@rdv.vic.gov.au or visit our website

Click here to follow RDA Committee on Twitter

Items of regional interest

The Geelong Project (TGP) needs your help!
An online petition has been created to lobby state government for $1.3 million in funding over two years to continue TGP’s early intervention model.  The program has been highly successful in preventing youth homelessness, school drop-out and further increases to youth unemployment.
You can help, and sign it here
Recently retrenched?
FREE Jobs4Geelong six-part workshop series designed to support retrenched workers by providing current and localised labour market information, job search strategies and an opportunity to network.
21 October - Advanced Manufacturing, 30 October - Health & Community Services, 5 November - Corrections Victoria, Police, Security, 12 November - Hardware Technology
All workshops held at Simonds Stadium 9.00am – 12.30pm. Click here for further information.

Key Economic Indicators released – September 2014

The City of Greater Geelong has released the September Key Economic Indicators Report which monitors the region’s economy. The key points are:

Economic Indicator
Data Movement Status (Fav/Unfav)
Monthly Unemployment Rate
(Barwon Western District)
9.2% +0.8pts
Average Weekly Job Advertisements
(Barwon Region)
124 +19.2%
New Monthly Online Job Ads
(Geelong & Great Ocean Road)
888 -2.4%
Monthly Domestic Building Activity
(City of Greater Geelong)
403 +3.1%
Monthly New Dwelling Building Activity
(City of Greater Geelong)
195 +1.6%
Monthly Non-Domestic Building Activity
(City of Greater Geelong)
44 +29.4%
Quarterly Median House Prices
(City of Greater Geelong)
$416,000 +0.2%
Quarterly ABN Registrations
(City of Greater Geelong)
1046 -9.7%

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 Aug - Sept 2014

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