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

Feedback sought on DRAFT 'Sustainable Agribusiness Strategy for the G21 Region'.
Deakin University's $58 million deal with LeMond Composites heralds a new era in carbon fibre manufacturing.

Working Groups

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

For more information

Email bluxford@geelongcity.vic.gov.au
or fill in our contact form.

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
Felicity Bolitho
Executive Unit Team Leader
Golden Plains Shire
Michael Brown
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Kardinia Park
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
Director
Ed Coppe Wealth Management
Jennifer Cromarty
Chair
Creative Geelong
Andrew Elliot
Manager, Business Improvement
Jetstar Airways
Kerri Erler
Manager Economic Development BSW
Regional Development Victoria
Roger Grant
Executive Director
Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine
Tim Head
Business Development Manager
CSIRO
Sharon Kerlin
Project Manager
Skills and Jobs The Gordon
Peter McCracken
Regional Manager
Industry Capability Network
Cr Carol McGregor
Councillor
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
CSIRO
Lisa Pitre
Investment and Trade Specialist, Manufacturing
Regional Development Victoria
Cr Boyce Pizzey
Councillor
Borough of Queenscliffe
Cr Chris Potter
Councillor
Colac Otway Shire
Kathy Reid
President
Linux Australia
Anne-Marie Ryan
Executive Officer
Geelong Region Local Learning & Employment Network
Cr Owen Sharkey
Councillor
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
Secretary
Geelong Trades Hall
Gary Warrener
Manager Economic Development & Tourism
Colac Otway Shire
Bill Winter
Director
PointNorth Consulting