The Need

Our climate is getting hotter and drier.

Communities across Australia are experiencing less rainfall and more extreme heat, with Australia’s climate warming by 1.4 per cent since 1910.

Our changing climate is having a direct impact on the region’s water supply.

Since 1997, there has been a marked reduction in the amount of water being captured in local reservoirs.

For example, West Barwon reservoir, which helps supply greater Geelong, has seen a 32 per cent or 9 billion litre reduction in average annual inflows since 1997.

1,300 jobs projected for Eden Project Anglesea concept

Economic Development Pillar
Economic modelling shows that Eden Project Anglesea would create more than 1,300 new jobs and generate $350 million in the Surf Coast Shire in the first 10 years of operation.

Great Ocean Road turns 100!

The Great Ocean Road which starts within the G21 region celebrates its 100th birthday in September.

New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Opens In Torquay

Environment Pillar
Powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, a new electric vehicle fast charging station on our Surf Coast will charge an electric vehicle in under 15 minutes – the fastest of any charger in Australia.

Water for Our Future project launched

Barwon Water asks the regional community to help design a new 'water future' to meet emerging supply challenges.

Helping Geelong’s Back To Back Make Its Big Screen Debut

Arts and Culture Pillar
Geelong creative powerhouse group Back to Back Theatre receive $100,000 grant to develop a script for a feature film based on the company’s internationally-acclaimed theatre production Ganesh Versus the Third Reich.

Moolap strategic framework plan released

Planning and Services Pillar
The state government releases the Moolap Coastal Strategic Framework Plan (Moolap Plan).

The Need

Our coastline is a prominent asset and plays an important role in driving economic growth in the G21 region; strengthening our tourism appeal and supporting our thriving marine industries.

Throughout the region, increased investment is needed in quality tourism infrastructure; creating destination facilities and indulgent visitor experiences.

Upgraded marine facilities are also required to underpin the growing commercial fishing and aquaculture industries. The lack of adequate amenities is both an economic barrier and a safety issue.