Economic Development Pillar

The G21 Economic Development Pillar works collaboratively to improve the region’s prosperity by becoming a globally significant competitor in industry sectors of high comparative advantage, generating and attracting skilled workers and business investment within a sustainable business environment. The Pillar supports activities that:

  • expand current industries and foster new and emerging industries
  • build enabling infrastructure
  • develop a capable workforce
  • market the region.

Priority Projects

The G21 Board has endorsed six Economic Development Pillar projects as ‘G21 Priority Projects’:

Latest Pillar Activity

Colac is a step closer to revitalisation of its CBD, with the Colac Otway Shire calling for tenders for works.
Royal Geelong Yacht Club to keep fighting for federal funds for the Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct Project.
Local projects in Queenscliff, Bannockburn and Winchelsea to receive funding under Round Three of the federal government’s National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).

Working Groups

The Economic Development Pillar has Working Groups of experts who meet to discuss and plan specific Pillar Projects.

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Pillar Leadership

Brett Luxford (Leader)
General Manager Investment & Attraction
City of Greater Geelong
David Peart (Deputy Leader)
Executive Officer
Geelong Manufacturing Council
Mike Barrow
Manager Executive Unit
Golden Plains Shire
Elaine Carbines
Chief Executive Officer
G21 Geelong Region Alliance
Helena Charles
Senior Economic Development Officer
Golden Plains Shire
Sue Clark
Chief Financial Officer
Geelong Cats
Ed Coppe
Ed Coppe Wealth Management
Jennifer Cromarty
Creative Geelong
Kerri Erler
Manager Economic Development BSW
Regional Development Victoria
Roger Grant
Executive Director
Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine
Tim Head
Business Development Manager
Sharon Kerlin
Project Manager
Skills and Jobs The Gordon
Claire Malone
Economic Development Manager
Colac Otway Shire
Peter McCracken
Regional Manager
Industry Capability Network
Cr Carol McGregor
Surf Coast Shire
Kevin Murphy
Executive Director Facilities Service
Deakin University
Erica Naughtin
Manager, Communication and Engagement
Deakin University
Louise Osborne
R&D Partnerships & Strategic Relationships Analyst
Lisa Pitre
Business Development Manager
Regional Development Victoria
Cr Boyce Pizzey
Borough of Queenscliffe
Cr Chirs Potter
Colac Otway Shire
Anne-Marie Ryan
Executive Officer
Geelong Region Local Learning & Employment Network
Cr Owen Sharkey
Golden Plains Shire
Matt Taylor
Manager Economic Development & Tourism
Surf Coast Shire
Bernadette Uzelac
Executive Officer
Geelong Chamber of Commerce
Helen Vaughan
Regional Director
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning
Colin Vernon
Geelong Trades Hall
Bill Winter
PointNorth Consulting