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

Joint delegation advocating for Shipwreck Coast investment heads to Canberra.
An expert taskforce on the Great Ocean Road releases an issues paper for public feedback.
Architects appointed for Stage One of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan.

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

Cr Bruce Harwood (Leader)
City of Greater Geelong
David Peart (Deputy Leader)
Executive Officer
Geelong Manufacturing Council
Mike Barrow
Manager Executive Unit
Golden Plains Shire
Felicity Bolitho
Executive Unit Team Leader
Golden Plains Shire
Michael Brown
Chief Executive Officer
Kardinia Park Trust
Elaine Carbines
Chief Executive Officer
G21 Geelong Region Alliance
Helena Charles
Senior Economic Development Officer
Golden Plains Shire
Ed Coppe
Ed Coppe Wealth Management
Jennifer Cromarty
Creative Geelong
Andrew Elliot
Manager, Business Improvement
Jetstar Airways
Roger Grant
Executive Director
Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine
Tim Head
Business Development Manager
Brett Luxford
General Manager Investment & Attraction
City of Greater Geelong
Stewart Lyons
WT Partnership
Peter McCracken
Regional Manager
Industry Capability Network
Cr Carol McGregor
Surf Coast Shire
Kevin Murphy
Executive Director Facilities Services
Deakin University
Erica Naughtin
Manager, Communication and Engagement
Deakin University
Louise Osborne
R&D Partnerships & Strategic Relationships Analyst
Lisa Pitre
Investment and Trade Specialist, Manufacturing
Regional Development Victoria
Cr Boyce Pizzey
Borough of Queenscliffe
Cr Chris Potter
Colac Otway Shire
Kathy Reid
Linux Australia
Anne-Marie Ryan
Executive Officer
Geelong Region Local Learning & Employment Network
Cr Owen Sharkey
Golden Plains Shire
Cr Trent Sullivan
City of Greater Geelong
Matt Taylor
Manager Economic Development & Tourism
Surf Coast Shire
Kathy Timmins
Manager Economic Development BSW
Regional Development Victoria
Bernadette Uzelac
Chief Executive Officer
Geelong Chamber of Commerce
Colin Vernon
Geelong Trades Hall
Gary Warrener
Manager Economic Development & Tourism
Colac Otway Shire
Lauren Watt
Finance Manager
Geelong Cats
Bill Winter
PointNorth Consulting