Economic Development Pillar Update

Latest Pillar Activity
Economic Development Pillar

Barwon Water Waste to Energy Initiatives

Presentation by Shaun Cummings, General Manager Business Performance, Barwon Water.

  • Waste to Energy Biogrids (WEB) are collaborative projects that convert waste from manufacturing businesses to energy that is used in a closed loop amongst those same businesses. This will reduce business costs and enhance their competiveness, especially in export markets.  It also provides significant emissions reductions through a renewable energy source that is dispatchable (available 24/7).
  • A WEB economic accelerator aims to bring together the capabilities of a wide range of partner organisations to co-design WEB projects that deliver broad and deep benefits greater than those that could be achieved by any single organisation on its own. Potential partners include government, universities, research organisations and training organisations, industry associations and businesses. 
  • Barwon Water has commenced discussions with key stakeholders with regards to establishing the WEB economic accelerator and will provide future updates to G21.

Pivot City Innovation District

Presentation by Andrew and Cam Hamilton, The Hamilton Group

Pivot City will generate

  • 50,000 SQM Finished workspaces
  • 3,500 direct, 3,317 indirect new jobs for Geelong 2013-2021
  • $535 million per annum increase local wages and salaries
  • 300m newly activated waterfront promenade
  • 200 Businesses and organisations workspaces
  • 3 Unique and iconic Innovation Precincts
  • $1.8b per annum of direct and indirect revenue into local economy
  • 1Gbit Internet connection District wide – 10 X NBN Speeds
  • 1 District Vision

Innovation districts are home to a rich diversity of high-tech workspaces industries, start-ups, incubators, offices, retail, education cultural and communities.

The G21 Economic Development Pillar agreed to provide ‘in-principle’ support to the project subject to planning approvals.

Point Grey

Presentation by Vanessa Schernickau, CEO Great Ocean Road Coast Committee

The Point Grey precinct developed a masterplan in 2015, the business case was then presented to the State Government in 2017. With the Lorne Pier a top five attraction on the Great Ocean Road and one million cars passing per annum, this $10 million project will create 30 construction and 14 hospitality jobs. This public open space will protect cultural heritage, proved a gateway to walking racks and provide a destination to stop and experience, linger and enjoy.

City of Greater Geelong Civic Accommodation Project

Cr Bruce Harwood, Mayor, City of Greater Geelong

Advised there has been a working committee put in place to manage this project, the new build will be approx. 10,000sqm which may allow external tenancy and is currently available for public comment online.