Our History & Achievements
This video was produced in 2004 and looks at the formation and early years of G21 - Geelong Region Alliance.
The concept that initiated G21 Geelong Region Alliance was initiated in late 2001, when the City of Greater Geelong identified the need to improve community wellbeing across multiple industries. However, to implement the plan, they needed multi-regional expansion and support. As the idea grew, the mayors and chief executive officers of neighbouring municipalities, Golden Plains, Queenscliffe, Surf Coast and Colac Otway Shire, as well as the state government and community and business leaders, held a consultation forum to ascertain the level of support and discuss the benefits of a collaborative regional approach to planning (2002).
The Consultation Forum was a success, and led to the creation of a ‘Foundation Document’ based on nine themes (Pillars). The State Government were supportive of the concept providing $150,000 funding, and a series of Leadership Group Meetings were planned to guide the delivery of the ‘G21 Strategic Regional Plan (2003)’.
By 2004 the G21 Leadership Group had endorsed the G21 Constitution (subsequently revised in 2012) and Board Charter, while Pillar and Working Groups were collaborating to deliver the 24 projects identified in the Strategic Regional Plan.
In 2005, G21 Geelong Region Alliance was formally formed as a company. The first Board of Directors was established, with David Morgan elected as the inaugural Independent Chair of G21. By this stage, 21 of the 24 projects identified in the Strategic Regional Plan were delivered or significantly advanced.
In 2006, research and consultation for a regional sustainable growth strategy began, with the work culminating in the launch of ‘The Geelong Region Plan – a sustainable growth strategy’ by Premier John Brumby in 2007. As a strategic framework and agreed vision for the G21 region looking toward 2050, the plan identifies and addresses the challenges the region will face in areas such as environment, settlement, land use, community cohesion and the economy.
Since then, G21 has focussed on the funding and delivery of projects and activities that contribute to the delivery of ‘The Geelong Region Plan’.
This includes the
- establishment of clusters and working groups designed to ignite thought and undertake targeted activities to increase the prosperity of its sector
- publication of numerous strategies and reports of regional significance
- funding and delivery of projects within the G21 region.
A selection of G21’s achievements to date includes:
- Growing up in G21 report published
- Geelong’s Active in Parks launched
- Simonds Stadium Stage 3 redevelopment funded
- Geelong Library and Heritage Centre funded
- Climate Resilient Communities funded
- Our Place magazine launched
- G21 region Arts Directory launched
- Regional Growth Plan completed
- Princes Highway West duplication to Colac funded
- Regional Economic Development Study funded
- Health & Wellbeing Strategic Plan launched
- G21 Health & Wellbeing Community Profile released
- G21 Agribusiness Forum created
- ICT cluster created
- G21 Regional Water Security Study released
- Economic and Land Use Impacts of the Geelong Ring Road Study released
- A number of the long-term issues identified in the G21 Integrated Public Transport Strategy recognised in the Victorian Transport Plan
- G21 Region Demographic Profiling and Forecasting System a demographic profile and forecast system that provides easy to access, reliable data for planning and decision making by the public and private sector alike
- BioGeelong created
- Telecommunications Needs Assessment Report released
- G21 Region Energy from Waste Framework released
- G21 wins National Award for Innovation in Regional Planning and Development