May 2020
G21 welcomes Federal funds for Local Governments
G21 welcomes the Federal Government’s recent announcement delivering $1.8 billion for community infrastructure projects to local governments across Australia as they battle the economic impacts of COVID-19.
G21 floated the idea with the Government in March when the G21 CEO and the five G21 municipal council CEOs went to Canberra advocating for projects on behalf of the G21 region.
G21 CEO Elaine Carbines said the delegation proposed the idea to the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Rachel Bacon who undertook to consider it further.
“At that stage we could see the economic impacts of COVID-19 beginning to bight on jobs and knew it would only get worse,” Ms Carbines said.
“We floated the idea of infrastructure funding direct to local governments as an effective means of getting a much-needed injection of funds on-the-ground to worthy projects swiftly and effectively."
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City Deal vital to tourism rebuild post-COVID
COVID-19 has hit the G21 region’s economy hard, but no section has been harder hit than the tourism sector.

Thanks to the recently signed City Deal for Geelong and the Great Ocean Road few regions are better positioned with a pipeline of tourism-related infrastructure projects to support long-term recovery of tourism and construction.
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Innovative Avalon to help COVID recovery
Avalon Airport is a cornerstone contributor to the economic prosperity of the G21 region, however as we transition out of COVID-19 the airport’s role will take on even greater importance.

Prior to COVID-19 decimating air travel worldwide Avalon Airport was powering ahead. In typical fashion, Avalon Airport chief executive Justin Giddings has not been idle during the forced COVID-19 hibernation.
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$2.7b construction blitz to stimulate economic recovery
The State Government has announced a $2.7 billion construction blitz to stimulate the Victorian economy and create thousands of jobs.

This include almost $40 million worth of projects in the G21 region as part of the ‘Building Works’ package, with funding for six “shovel-ready” school and infrastructure projects announced.
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Delivering projects and creating jobs in regional Victoria
Two projects from the G21 region were rewarded earlier this month following announcements from the State Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund.
The ‘Three Trails’ project in Golden Plains Shire and Surf Coast Shire’s ‘Connecting Torquay’s Town Centre’ project both received a $500,000 grant towards infrastructure that will help improve liveability and attract more visitors to towns.
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Message from G21 CEO
Congratulations to everybody in our community for following self-distancing regulations so well. The relatively low rate of community transmission means that the State Government has started to ease restrictions.

There is now an additional fifth reason for us to be out; to visit our family and friends. And kids will make a staggered return to school from next week (26 May). This is a welcome step, and makes us enthusiastic for what’s to come.
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Small business roadmap for recovery and beyond
The outbreak of COVID-19 is continuing to cause disruptions for many small-to-medium businesses, and is fundamentally changing the way you do business, now and in the future.

Deloitte has prepared this workbook for small business owners, taking some of the complexity out of the situation and giving small business some of the tools needed to drive business through recovery and beyond
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Draft plan unveiled for world class wetlands
The City of Greater Geelong has released a draft 20-year master plan for the Sparrovale Wetlands, a new world class 500-hectare nature reserve being created near Armstrong Creek.

The mix of natural and constructed wetlands will be home to a vast range of plant and animal life, protecting and increasing the region’s biodiversity and serving as a major drawcard for locals and visitors.
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Kardinia Park Stadium Trust & Geelong Arts Centre benefit in $150m rebound
Kardinia Park Stadium Trust and Geelong Arts Centre will receive a share of a $150 million State Government package aimed at helping the sport, tourism and creative industries rebound from the effects of the pandemic.

The ‘Experience Economy Survival Package’ will support sporting clubs and competitions across the state, as well as major tourist attractions, galleries, museums and the racing industry.
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Whipper Snapper Whiskey Distillery gets go ahead
Plans to develop a whiskey distillery, restaurant and function centre in Colac have been approved by the State Government, providing a boost to the community’s future tourism, employment and economic growth.

The Colac distillery will be a drawcard for whiskey lovers. Head distiller Jimmy McKeown was named Master Distiller of the Year at Icons of Whisky Australia awards late last year.
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News from the G21 Pillars
The eight G21 Pillars meet on a regular basis to discuss issues and progress regional projects. Click on the boxes below for the most recent Pillar activity report.
RDA BSW Committee Update
RDA BSW Chair, Bruce Anson and RDA BSW Deputy Chair, Elaine Carbines have been engaging in regular teleconferences with The Hon Nola Marino MP, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories to discuss the impact COVID-19 has been having on the Barwon South West region’s economy.
As part of this ongoing engagement RDA BSW progressed a series of stakeholder working groups across the region to develop insights for an accelerated and diversified economic recovery. Working group members included a mix of regional stakeholders including members from RDA BSW, the Great South Coast Regional Partnership and the Barwon Regional Partnership.
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Research, Funding & Grant Opportunities
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Membership
To help all businesses during these difficult times the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) has waived its entry level VCCI Essential Membership fees for 12 months. VCCI has added two free calls to the workplace relations helpline, plus $700 of credits to be used towards consulting or training services, and they are running free weekly webinars to assist businesses through COVID-19. 
If you would like to join VCCI as a free Essentials member contact James Gulli on or 0419 754 775.

Free Geelong Chamber of Commerce for new members
Become a new member of the Geelong Chamber of Commerce now and receive free membership through to the 1st of September 2020. This will give businesses and individuals the opportunity to access the Geelong Chamber of Commerce resources and the ability to connect with the Chambers’ membership community.
Home for good: social housing for an ageing population
Per Capita
This paper considers how older Australians fit into the existing social housing system and what older people want from social housing. It investigates the ways in which the current system falls short, creating problems for older Australians, including problems of access, affordability, stock design and condition, and location.
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