April 2020
G21 region will strengthen for COVID challenge
These are extraordinary and unparalleled times.

COVID-19 has created a range of regional issues we are challenged by.

It is important that we learn from them, so that we can adapt to our new environment and work to strengthen our community.

Already we have seen the devastating impact of the pandemic on employment. The state and federal governments have committed unprecedented funding to help people and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Geelong City Deal (City Deal) will play a significant role in our region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus.

The funding agreement for the $370 million City Deal was signed earlier this month by all three levels of government.

The infrastructure and projects delivered through the City Deal will be critical to rebuilding the visitor economy, generating local employment and encouraging people to visit the G21 region.

City Deal projects include construction of a $170 million Convention and Exhibition Centre on Deakin University’s Geelong Waterfront campus car park, the Revitalising Central Geelong Action Plan, tourism infrastructure projects along the Great Ocean Road and Shipwreck Coast and redevelopment of the Queenscliff Ferry Terminal.

Significantly, the Deal adopted the GROW principles of using local suppliers and workers for projects wherever possible to maximise the economic and social benefits to the region.

G21 was instrumental in not only securing the City Deal but having these social procurement measures recognised. It is now essential that employment opportunities are created for our community which has been hit hard by huge job losses.

The coronavirus pandemic means it’s more important than ever to plan in rebuilding the region’s economy.

G21 has a well-researched suite of regional needs and priorities to focus our advocacy work for future investment. Our Priority Projects represent a number of infrastructure projects that are not only ready for investment, but will stimulate considerable employment outcomes for our region.

We know that we will get through this crisis. We are confident that the people in the G21 region will stay strong and work through this challenge together, as we always have, in times of adversity.

And G21 looks forward to playing our part in the recovery of the region.
G21 Board Update
The G21 Board is pleased to advise that they are successfully undertaking their monthly Board meetings via Zoom.

G21 Pillar meetings will also be moving online, re-commencing from the end of this month via Zoom.

As key decision makers within their Pillar category, it is vital in this time of uncertainty that they continue to connect, identifying and driving projects of importance.
G21 CEO delays departure
G21 Chief Executive Officer Elaine Carbines AM will delay her departure until the end of 2020 to provide stability to G21’s operations during the period of COVID-19.
G21 has an important role to play as we emerge from this pandemic. This will ensure G21 is positioned to meet those challenges and to provide a smooth transition to the next CEO.
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Feeding the most vulnerable during COVID crisis
An innovative proposal that supports the redeployment of the hospitality workforce to ensure the continuity of food relief has been put to government by the Give Where You Live Foundation.

The proposal would save jobs and help the vulnerable in our community, providing access to food and meals for people in need.
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Fears domestic violence support needs will rise
As more people are forced to work from home, and others may be made redundant, family and domestic violence organisations are becoming increasingly concerned about the ramifications for families that will be put under emotional and financial stress.

The advice to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19 means women in abusive relationships are trapped.
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Healthy body for a healthy mind during isolation
Staying active is critical for maintaining physical fitness during the COVID-19 restrictions but a recent Deakin study shows regular exercise will also deliver mental health benefits during this period of social isolation.

Mental disorders are among the leading causes of disease and disability globally.
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Loneliness, social connection and COVID-19
Loneliness and social isolation cause people significant emotional pain and can have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing.

The Centre of Social Impact provides some short-term tips on how we can be healthy social humans in these unusual times.
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Taking care of business..
As the impact of COVID-19 continues to grow, so do the measures released by the government to support businesses through the crisis.

Deloitte has prepared this summary of Federal and State Government support packages that may be available to your business, so you can respond, recover and thrive.
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G21 Mayors unite behind stay at home message
Staying home is one vital way that we can support our brave frontline health workers. If we all do our bit and keep infection rates down, the doctors and nurses who stand ready to support our community will have a fighting chance. Without our help, there simply won’t be enough intensive care beds and ventilators for everybody who becomes sick. We don’t want our medical teams forced to choose who gets care and who doesn’t. #StayHome #BeKind
RDA BSW Committee Update
Youth innovation grants now open

At the 2020 Heywire Regional Youth Summit, 37 young people from across Australia set out to answer the question: "How can we make life better for young people living in regional Australia?"

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) are now offering more than $100,000 in seed funding to help at least 10 not-for-profit community organisations make these innovative ideas a reality.
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Research, Funding & Grant Opportunities
Great Ocean Road Action Plan Newsletter
This quarterly community update includes news on the legislation introduced to reform the management of the Great Ocean Road, an update on where offices will be located and a brief update on the 18 actions outlined in the Great Ocean Road Action Plan.

Ending youth homelessness: solutions from young people
Youth Affairs Council Victoria
'Ending youth homelessness: solutions from young people' elevates the voices of young people with lived experience of homelessness who have shared their stories and the solutions they believe can end youth homelessness in the next ten years.

Prospering in a low-emissions world: an updated climate policy toolkit for Australia
Climate Change Authority
This report presents 35 recommendations to help transition Australia to a low emissions future, driving down emissions in the transport, industrial, electricity, agriculture and land, and waste sectors.

Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy
The State Government has commissioned an independent review into Victoria’s post-secondary education and training system. The review is focused on developing a system that meets the needs of the economy, students and the broader community. You can complete an online survey, attend a community event or upload a submission. By 5 June 2020.

Applications for the Coastcare Victoria Community Grants 2020 are open!
Grants of up to $30,000 are available to support community volunteer groups working to protect and enhance the coastal and near-shore marine environment. Applications close 7 May 2020.
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