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 seven Economic Development Pillar projects as ‘G21 Priority Projects’:

Latest Pillar Activity

State Government unveils landmark plan to protect the Great Ocean Road coast and its parks.
Designs and tender briefs for improved tourism facilities at Twelve Apostles’ Saddle Lookout, the Port Campbell Creek Pedestrian Bridge and the Blowhole Lookout, as part of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan are released.
The State Government has declared a Geelong Convention Centre build to be a ‘strategic project’, meaning a developer would be required to use 90 per cent local content under a re-elected Labor Government.

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
Stephanie Beitzel
Chief Executive Officer
Technology Geelong
Felicity Bolitho
Executive Unit Team Leader
Golden Plains Shire
David Boyle
G21 Agribusiness Forum
Elaine Carbines
Chief Executive Officer
G21 Geelong Region Alliance
Helena Charles
Senior Economic Development Officer
Golden Plains Shire
Ed Coppe
Ed Coppe Wealth Management
Paul Davis
General Manager
Andrew Elliot
Manager, Business Improvement
Jetstar Airways
Tim Ellis
Manager Economic Development & Events
City of Greater Geelong
Roger Grant
Executive Director
Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine
Tim Head
Business Development Manager
Daphne Henderson
General Manager Finance & Corporate Services
Kardinia Park Trust
Sharon Kerlin
Project Manager, Skills & Jobs
The Gordon
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
Cr Boyce Pizzey
Borough of Queenscliffe
Cr Chris Potter
Colac Otway Shire
Kathy Reid
Linux Australia
Shane Royle
Trade & Property Manager
Geelong Port
Anne-Marie Ryan
Executive Officer
Geelong Region Local Learning & Employment Network
Vanessa Schernickau
Chief Executive Officer
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee
Cr Owen Sharkey
Golden Plains Shire
Gareth Smith
General Manager Development & Community Services
Colac Otway Shire
Shank Somers
Investment and Trade Specialist, Professional Services
Regional Development Victoria
Cr Trent Sullivan
City of Greater Geelong
Matt Taylor
Manager Economic Development & Tourism
Surf Coast Shire
Kathy Timmins
Manager Investment & Trade
Regional Development Victoria
Bernadette Uzelac
Chief Executive Officer
Geelong Chamber of Commerce
Colin Vernon
Geelong Trades Hall
Lauren Watt
Finance Manager
Geelong Cats
Bill Winter
PointNorth Consulting