Economic Development Pillar Update
WestWind Energy – Tobi Geiger
Situated at Rokewood in the Golden Plains Shire, WestWind Energy planned windfarm will generate about a third of the electricity output of the former Hazlewood Power Station – enough to power 500,000 homes. Once complete, it will be the largest windfarm in the southern hemisphere.
It will provide over 700 jobs during construction and 70 ongoing jobs. It will deliver over $1m in rates to the Golden Plains Shire Council and provide free electricity to homes/businesses within three kilometres of the windfarm. Battery Energy Storage is also planned for the site.
Colac Civic, Health and Railway Precinct – Gary Warrener
Colac Otway Shire is wanting to develop a masterplan for the Colac CBD encompassing the health, civic and railway precincts. The aim is to stimulate the Colac economy and to provide enhanced health facilities, revitalize COPACC and the municipal offices and to provide good quality accommodation in Colac. It is partnering with Colac Area Health, and Vic Track to develop the masterplan.
Action: The G21 Economic Development Pillar endorses the Colac Civic, Health and Railway Precinct as a priority for the pillar. Bruce Harwood / Matt Taylor.
Economic Development Australia – Helena Charles
Economic Development Australia is a peak body for economic development practitioners. It has over 700 members nationally and both Helena Charles and Tim Ellis are on the board. Helena encouraged pillar members to subscribe to EDA’s newsletter and webinars.
Federal Budget update – Cr Bruce Harwood
Cr Harwood outlined the significant transport infrastructure funding announced in the federal budget including the $736m to duplicate the line between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds plus $2bn towards fast rail to Melbourne. The budget also included extra funding for the Geelong and Great Ocean Road City Deal. It did not however include any funding for the much needed Northern Arc project in Geelong’s northern suburbs.
City Deal update - Elaine Carbines
Elaine distributed a briefing note outlining the projects funded under the $355m Geelong and Great Ocean Road City Deal.