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 four Economic Development Pillar projects as ‘G21 Priority Projects’:
  • The best opportunity for regional growth via increased tourism, secondary airport prospects and a logistics precinct with direct access to road, rail and port.
  • Upgrading, maintaining and managing the potential of the Great Ocean Road and surrounds to support a $2.1 billion tourist industry.
  • To strengthen critical road, rail and channel links and protect adjoining land to allow for Port of Geelong growth.
  • Creating outstanding marine facilities to strengthen tourism appeal and support thriving marine industries.

Latest Pillar Activity

Community and defence industry leaders have welcomed positive news regarding the multi-billion-dollar howitzer defence project in Geelong.
Lendlease appointed to deliver the $128M next stage of the Geelong Arts Centre redevelopment fronting Little Malop Street.
Colac Otway Shire calls for community feedback on a draft Apollo Bay Harbour development 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 (Chair)
City of Greater Geelong
Cr Trent Sullivan (Deputy Chair)
City of Greater Geelong
Tony Anderson
Trades Hall
Cr Stephanie Asher
City of Greater Geelong
Nat Anson
David Boyle
G21 Agribusiness Forum
Elaine Carbines AM
Chief Executive Officer
G21 - Geelong Region Alliance
Helena Charles
Senior Economic Development Officer
Golden Plains Shire
Ed Coppe
Ed Coppe Wealth Management
Jennifer Cromarty
Chief Executive Officer
Committee for Geelong
Paul Davis
General Manager
Andrew Elliot
Operation Manager
Avalon Airport
Tim Ellis
Manager Economic Development & Events
City of Greater Geelong
Ben Flynn
Chief Executive Officer
Geelong Chamber of Commerce
Daphne Henderson
General Manager Finance & Corporate Services
Kardinia Park Trust
Brett Ince
Executive Director
Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine
Simon Kelleher
Chief Financial Officer
Geelong Football Club
Simon Loone
Coordinator Economic Development
Surf Coast Shire
Stuart Lucas
Research Operations Manager
Brett Luxford
Director Investment & Attraction
City of Greater Geelong
Stewart Lyons
WT Partnership
Peter McCracken
Regional Manager
Industry Capability Network
Kevin Murphy
Executive Director Facilities Services
Deakin University
Erica Naughtin
Manager Communication & Engagement
Deakin University
Louise Osborne
R&D Partnerships & Strategic Relationships Analyst
David Peart
Executive Officer
Geelong Manufacturing Council
Cr Boyce Pizzey
Borough of Queenscliffe
Cr Chris Potter
Colac Otway Shire
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
Shank Somers
Investment & Trade Specialist Professional Services
Regional Development Victoria
Kathy Timmins
Manager Investment & Trade
Regional Development Victoria
Bill Winter
PointNorth Consulting