G21 Council CEO’s Canberra Bound

G21 region’s municipal council CEOs went to Canberra early this month to meet high-level department officials on key infrastructure and community development projects.

The G21 delegation explained the challenges facing the region and promoted opportunities to invest in key region-building projects.

As principal policy advisers to ministers and important influencers, it is in our region’s interests to ensure department heads and senior officials fully understand our region’s issues.

The delegation was timed to coincide with work on the coming budget already underway in Canberra departments and an election due in the new year.

It follows on from a G21 Board delegation in May this year, which met with senior ministers and shadow ministers, and is part G21’s long-term strategy to reinforce the merits and key projects with decision makers in Canberra.

Of particular focus was gaining clarification around the projects, and the next steps, for a City Deal for Geelong and Great Ocean Road.

The CEOs also advocate for their municipalities’ own local projects, in the context of gaining federal government grant assistance.

Discussions on regional priorities included:

  • A City Deal for Geelong and the Great Ocean Road
  • Rail connections, including fast-rail to Geelong
  • Geelong Convention Centre
  • Relocation of Comcare to Geelong
  • Apollo Bay Harbour Precinct
  • Geelong Gallery extension and GPAC redevelopment
  • Northern ARC and addressing disadvantage
  • Avalon Airport
  • NBN rollout
  • Geelong Economic Futures proposal

It was a whirlwind one day visit of wall-to-wall meetings, however they provided invaluable insights, which will pay dividends to the G21 region in the future.

The delegation met with the heads of departments or senior executives responsible for infrastructure, regional development, the environment, energy, industry, innovation, communication, the arts and social services.