Economic Development Pillar Update

Latest Pillar Activity
Economic Development Pillar

A meeting of the G21 Economic Development Pillar took place on February 13 at City of Greater Geelong. 

RISE Project – Tim Ellis

Regional Industry Sector Employment Program (RISE) is a collaborative employment model designed to prepare and connect job ready employees with the local building and construction industry (apprenticeships).

The 12-week program includes work experience, Certificate II in Construction Pathways, soft skills training, White card, PPE and mentoring and support.

We currently have six programs completed (over the last 18mths) with 33 people employed of which the majority are male being sourced from referrals from schools.

The next steps include:  securing future funding, addressing the recommendations from the consultant evaluation and investigate further industry sector opportunities.

Hanwha Defence Bid – Tim Ellis

Australian Defence Force LAND 400 Phase 3 Mounted Close Combat Capability – acquisition of up to 450 Infantry Fighting Vehicles – estimated to be worth up to $15 billion – currently in stage 2, with a final decision in 2022.

Hanwha Defence is a South Korean Fortune 500 company who operates 80 per cent of South Korea’s land defence systems and has established Hanwha Defense Australia to champion projects in Australia.

For more than 12 months, the City of Greater Geelong and key stakeholders through the Geelong Defence Alliance have been working to support HDA’s plans to establish a manufacturing base in the Geelong region.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Hanwha Defense Australia will participate in a Defence facilitated joint Australian Industry Capability roadshow in March 2020. This is an opportunity for Geelong based businesses to pitch for selection in the tender process.

Geelong Manufacturing Council Overview – David Peart

Victoria’s second largest city, Australia’s 11th largest urban centre.

Manufacturing in Geelong - $1b+ in turnover, 500 companies, 10,800 employed.

Geelong’s output per day:

  • 20+ kilometers of carpet
  • 50,000kg of carpet wool fibre processed
  • 100,000 chickens and 10,000 lambs processed
  • 45,000 litres of olive oil
  • 40,000 tonnes of petroleum.

Programs include:  Regional Industry Collaboration, Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence, Entrepreneurs.
Women in Manufacturing Network (WIMN), Geelong Future Leaders of Industry (GFLOI) and Girls Leading Advanced Manufacturing (GLAM).

Committee for Geelong – Jennifer Cromarty

Strategic Objectives – stimulate economic and social prosperity – drive creativity, capability and liveability – deliver collective voice and leadership.

Our purpose – reflect Geelong’s designation as a UNESCO Creative City – Take a design-thinking approach to strategy & action – Work together to plan for long term future.

Working on our Strategic Framework 2019-2022 – Geelong 2047 (aligns with the 30 year Clever and Creative Community Vision) – three-year plan.

Australia’s Gateways to Growth report released, working with foundation members Newcastle and Wollongong councils & university partners on an agreed carter.