G21 Snapshots - February 2011
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.Feature Articles
Welcome message from G21’s CEO
New bus service from Colac to Geelong
State Government's Port of Geelong announcement
Central Geelong Taskforce
G21's four new Pillar Projects
COGG releases the Economic Indicators Bulletin 2009/10
Regional Land Use Plan (RLUP) update
Federal health reforms
G21 Report to the Region released – February 2011
Regular Snapshots Features
Welcome to 2011! After the rush of the holidays, the New Year is well and truly here–probably faster than any of us expected. I am looking forward to 2011, there's lots G21 will be doing this year to increase the profile of the G21 region's Priority Projects and obtain support and funding for these. I am also keen to continue connecting with G21's stakeholders including our members.
With the changes to Mayors within the G21 municipalities and end of terms we have seen changes to G21's leadership group. I would like to thank our out-going 2010 Board members – Cr Libby Coker, Cr Lyn Russell and Michael King and welcome Cr Dean Webster, Cr Brian Crook and Cr Jan Farrell. 2011 is going to be a great year with this gexceptional leadership team - I look forward to working with you all.
On 4 February the Public Transport Minister, Hon Terry Mulder MP, announced a new bus service between Geelong and Colac.
Advocacy for, and support toward the successful delivery of the regional transport connections is one of the Pillar Projects of the G21 Transport Pillar.
The new weekday service will start as a 12-month trial leaving Geelong at 5.30pm and arriving in Colac at 7pm. The bus will depart from Geelong Train Station, stopping at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus, Winchelsea, Birregurra before terminating at Colac Train Station.
The new bus service will fill a vital gap in the existing timetable, allowing Colac residents an early evening public transport option from Geelong.
On 3 February the Minister for Ports, Dr Denis Napthine MP, announced that a feasibility study into relocating the export and import of cars from the Port of Melbourne to the Port of Geelong will be undertaken.
The potential relocation of car import and exports to the Port of Geelong would help create up to 1,000 jobs and provide an additional $200 million to the G21 region’s economy.
In 2009/10 approximately 375,000 new vehicles, carried on 320 vehicle carrier vessels, moved through the Port of Melbourne. This included export of 125,000 motor vehicles built in Victoria.
A taskforce convened by the City of Greater Geelong to consider the future of Central Geelong met for the first time on 23 December 2010 at City Hall.
Membership of the taskforce includes Councillors and City officers, State and Federal politicians, real estate agents, retailers, police, and representatives from Deakin University, Committee for Geelong and G21 - Geelong Region Alliance.
The taskforce agreed to formalise the collaboration between the City of Greater Geelong, Deakin University and the Committee for Geelong to develop the Vision II project for the City. The project involves feeding ideas by leading architects and planners into computer modelling to create a vision of how the city could look.
The taskforce also identified six priorities for immediate action, which are:
A follow-up half-day workshop on 8 March has been convened by the City of Greater Geelong.
G21 Pillar Groups identify projects that will benefit the G21 region and implement the Geelong Region Plan. This year G21 has welcomed four new projects that are now endorsed as G21 Pillar Projects. G21 has 53 Pillar Projects of which 15 are endorsed as Priority Projects. The new Pillar Projects include:
Health & Wellbeing Pillar
Economic Development Pillar
The City of Greater Geelong recently released the annual Economic Indicators Bulletin - 2009/10 edition. The bulletin monitors the annual performance of the region's economy and is a key resource for those who invest, live, study or work in the G21 region.
The 2009/10 Bulletin is available online and brings together latest available data on:
Work on the G21 RLUP has commenced. The Plan will address the G21 region’s land needs in the short (2016) and medium-term (2026), also considering longer-term planning scenarios (2050).
Since the State Government funded this project in June, initial project scoping has been completed, with a Project Steering Group in place, a Project Manager appointed, and establishment of the Technical Reference Group and Project Team.
A Stakeholder and Community Engagement program is in development and a tender has been prepared for a Community Engagement consultant to work with communities across the G21 region. The Consultant will help identify values in the G21 region to provide input to the RLUP planning processes.
On 13 February the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to work in partnership on National Health Reforms to help deliver a better deal for patients and secure the long-term sustainability of Australia’s health system.
G21 continues to support the GP Association of Geelong in their interest to apply to be an early adopter of the Medicare Local initiative, which is part of the National Health reforms. Medicare Locals will support health professionals to provide better coordinated care, improve access to services, and drive integration across the primary health care, hospital and aged care sectors.
The G21 Report to the Region publication features:
Click here to view the G21 Report to the Region – February 2011
REGULAR SNAPSHOTS FEATURES
The Regional Development Australia (RDA) Barwon South West Committee has released its Barwon South West – Victoria’s region of opportunity brochure that provides a comprehensive snapshot of RDA's activity in the region.
The new Victorian Government has committed to constructing at least six new passing lanes between Colac and the South Australian border. The RDA Committee is interested to hear your thoughts on the matter.
The RDA Committee is working with regional stakeholders on two key strategic projects. These projects are the:
Please visit www.barwonsouthwest.org.au for further information about the RDA Committee’s projects and activities.
The City of Greater Geelong have released the January 2011 Key Economic Indicators Report which monitors the region’s economy. The key points are:
Click here to view the Key Economic Indicators Report for January 2011Latest news from the G21 Pillars
Each of the eight G21 Pillars meets on a regular basis to discuss regional issues and progress regional projects. Click on the below links for the most recent Pillar activity report.
G21 Arts & Culture Pillar
G21 Economic Development Pillar
G21 Education & Training Pillar
G21 Planning & Services Pillar
G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar
G21 Transport Pillar
G21 Environment Pillar
G21 Sport & Recreation Pillar
Click here to view the full list of G21 Pillar Projects
G21 tracks articles within the region that discuss G21 and the region’s Priority Projects.
Asthma and Allergy Education Night
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Women in Freight Logistics and Marine Scholarship
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