G21 - Geelong Region Alliance (G21) is the formal alliance of government, business and community organisations working together to improve the lives of people within the Geelong region across five municipalities – Colac Otway, Golden Plains, Greater Geelong, Queenscliffe and Surf Coast.
G21 works as a forum to discuss regional issues across interest groups and municipalities resulting in better co-ordinated research, consultation and planning.
G21 supports the delivery of projects that benefit the region across municipal boundaries and is a platform for the region to speak with one voice to all levels of government.
G21 is also the official Strategic Planning Committee for the G21 region and, as such, is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the region’s strategic plan.
In this role, G21 works closely with, and provides advice to, Regional Development Australia (RDA), the Regional Management Forum (RMF) and the state and federal governments on the region’s needs and priorities.
The G21 alliance is made up of more than 300 community leaders and specialists who are passionate about the future of the G21 region and who volunteer their time to be involved in G21 as directors, Pillar members and within working groups.
As a not-for-profit organisation, the majority of G21’s financial support comes from the five municipal council members, its broader membership base and occasional government or community foundation grants.
G21 is a registered company: ACN 110 680 647. ABN 14 110 680 647.
G21’s Geelong Region Plan - the region’s strategic plan
‘The G21 Geelong Region Plan – a sustainable growth strategy’ is the foundation of all G21 activities and projects. The plan was the result of a consultative process undertaken across our region in 2006 and was launched in 2007. It is the most comprehensive, up-to-date and widely supported strategic plan in regional Victoria.
The plan looks towards 2050 and addresses the challenges and opportunities the G21 region will face in the areas of environment, settlement, land use, community strength and the economy.
G21's Pillar groups are at the heart of G21. There are eight Pillar groups based on the region’s key priorities: Arts & Culture, Economic Development, Education & Training, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, Planning & Services, Sport & Recreation and Transport.
Pillars are made up of key decision makers and experts within the Pillar categories, who meet on a regular basis and work towards implementing ‘The G21 Geelong Region Plan’.
G21 also has several working groups and taskforces to address key issues confronting our region. Examples have included the G21 Addressing Disadvantage Taskforce, G21 Regional Growth Plan Project Steering Group, the Bicycle Infrastructure Group and the G21 Climate Change Taskforce. These groups usually include Pillar and non-Pillar members.
G21 Pillar Projects & Priority Projects
Pillar Groups identify projects that will benefit the G21 region and implement ‘The G21 Geelong Region Plan’.
The G21 Board endorses a number of these Pillar Projects as ‘Priority Projects’ to become the key focus of G21’s activities in any year.
G21 and Regional Development Australia
With the establishment of Regional Development Australia (RDA), an Australian government initiative, G21 has been working closely with the RDA Barwon South West (BSW) Committee to further strengthen ties with all levels of government.
‘The G21 Geelong Region Plan’ and our Priority Projects, along with those of G21's sister body the Great South Coast Group, are the foundation of the RDA BSW Committee’s work to create sustainable regional communities.