Snapshots - November 2008
Colleagues and friends of G21,
As a key member of the broader G21 family, each month we will keep you informed of the key projects and activities of the G21 alliance. G21 is the formal alliance of government, business and community organisations, working together to improve people's lives in the G21 Region.
This month, Ross Synot concludes his term as an Elected Director of G21. Ross was elected as a member of the first G21 Board from June 2005. He also served as the leader of the G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar group, overseeing the delivery of major projects including the Regional Sports Development Plan and the Regional Infrastructure Development Plan. In addition to this, Ross has been instrumental in securing the Australian Masters Games 2009 for the G21 region, as well as the establishment of the Barwon Sports Academy. G21 extends gratitude and appreciation to Ross for his outstanding contribution to the G21 region, particularly in the field of sport and recreation.
This month we welcome Lenny Jenner, the new Chief Executive Officer of the Borough of Queencliffe to the G21 extended Board, as the Borough of Queenscliffe’s Nominated Alternate Representative. Lenny is also the Chair of the G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar Executive Committee, which has become much more focused and active during 2008. Lenny will provide another valuable link between the Board and the Health and Wellbeing Pillar. Congratulations to Lenny on his new appointments.
Regional Planning Ministerial Taskforce
The Regional Planning Ministerial Taskforce held a round table in Geelong on November 5, with over 50 invited guests from around the region. The G21 Chairperson gave an opening address summarising the strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities facing the G21 region:
The presentation concluded with the announcement of a G21 forum, supported by Regional Development Victoria, to be held in February/March 2009, to refresh in people’s minds the G21 Geelong Regional Plan, understand the changes to our region since the plan was adopted, review the current list of priority Regional Projects and explore potential new priority projects, leading to a refreshed regional work plan for the next 12 to 24 months.
· The ‘Geelong Region - The Best Place to Live’ campaign, which includes the four Age lift-outs, market research, a promotional website, and a television commercial; and
· A marketing business plan to facilitate ongoing public and private sector regional marketing collaboration.
The program aims to align the external perceptions of the G21 region with its current attributes and vision for the future. It also makes more effective use of marketing dollars in delivering the initiatives of the G21 Geelong Region Plan by engaging both the public and the private sector to contribute to collaborative co-ordinated campaigns, where mutual benefits can be demonstrated.
Project partners Regional Development Victoria, TAC, Barwon Health, Central Geelong Marketing, Geelong Chamber of Commerce, Committee for Geelong, Deakin University, Geelong Otway Tourism, Gordon Institute of TAFE, GP Association of Geelong, Shell Australia, Target Australia, Victorian Regional Channels Authority, V/Line and our regional Councils are now working on the production of a television commercial, which will air in the first half of 2009.
The campaign website has also been developed and is attracting an unprecedented number of ‘hits’.
G21 presentation to the Interdepartmental Committee (IDC)
When the G21 Geelong Region Plan was launched by Premier Brumby in September 2007, he also announced the formation of a Victorian Government Interdepartmental Committee to assist the G21 Region to pursue significant projects with the Victorian Government.
This Interdepartmental Committee is chaired by Professor Peter Dawkins, Secretary of the Department of Education of Education and Early Childhood Development and includes senior representatives of each significant Victorian Government Department.
On Wednesday, November 19, G21 made a formal presentation of the G21 Region Priority Projects to this G21 Interdepartmental Committee (IDC). The presentation was focused on what the G21 Region sees as its major priorities and what the IDC could do to help bring these projects to fruition. G21 extended Board members Ed Coppe, Kay Rundle and Tracey Slatter and CEO Andrew Scott presented to this IDC.
The IDC provided some initial comments and undertook to provide a formal response to each project and how they might be progressed. The IDC intends to nominate a State Government lead agency for each project. The formal response is expected by mid to late December. The IDC thanked all those involved in G21 for the time and effort to prioritise, document and present these projects.
G21 Annual General Meeting
A reminder that the G21 Geelong Region Alliance Annual General Meeting will be held at Lyndon Grove, this Wednesday, November 26 at 5.00pm. The agenda will include an overview of G21 activities and plans for 2009, the confirmation of two elected Directors and recognition of service of G21 contributors whose commitments concluded in 2008.
Of course it is also a great opportunity to meet with your Board and share a drink to celebrate the achievements of another big year. We look forward to seeing you there.
This email has been designed to provide you, an important member of the broader G21 Family, with a snapshot of the key projects and activities of the G21 Alliance over the past months. You have been included in the distribution list of this G21 Snapshots email, because you have an important role in improving people’s lives in the G21 Region as a Federal or State parliamentarian, Councillor, Regional Management Forum member, senior manager with regional Councils, senior manager with Regional Development Victoria, G21 Member, G21 Pillar participant, G21 Board member or member of the media (a list of some 300 individuals or organisations). If there are other people in your organisation or network that you think should be aware of this email please feel free to pass it on to them.
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Your community thanks you for your continuing efforts.