March 2020
 
 
G21 CEOs head to Canbera
 
The G21 CEO and the five municipal council CEOs on the G21 board were in Canberra last week advocating for current and future regional needs, including essential upgrades to rail services.

The delegation pushed for the immediate release of $700 million for the duplication of the rail track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds stations.

Duplication of that section of track is key to a number of other essential rail improvements across the region, including faster and more-frequent services on the Melbourne-Geelong line.

The duplication will also allow more frequent services through to Colac and Warrnambool, opening up commuter and development options west of Geelong.

Funds for the duplication are currently scheduled for 2023-24 financial year, which is an unacceptable delay for long-suffering rail commuters to Melbourne.

In additional to transport officials, the delegation also met with officials from federal departments responsible for a range of projects or needs within the G21 region.
 
 
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Primary Care Partnership safe for now
 
The G21 Primary Care Partnership (PCP) is safe for now after the Minister for Health, Jenny Mikakos MP announced that PCP Program funding would be extended until the end of 2020.

This allows the G21 PCP’s ground-breaking health projects and coordination of resources across the G21 region to continue. A review by the Department of Health and Human Services is ongoing.
 
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Forrest Mountain Bike Trail on Track
 
Mountain bike enthusiasts will soon have new tracks at Forrest, thanks to a $500,000 State Government grant that will complete the first stage of the town’s Mountain Bike Revitalisation Project.

The grant, from the Regional Infrastructure Fund, will help secure Forrest’s future as a key mountain bike and tourist destination in Australia.
 
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New regional toolkit - Preventing violence against women
 
A group of G21 region health services have released a toolkit targeting people in the Geelong, Bellarine and Colac areas to promote clearer and more effective communication on preventing violence against women.

The toolkit will help people communicate the complex topic in a way that can be understood by more people.
 
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Great Ocean Road Authority to be Torquay-based
 
The headquarters of a new authority to manage the iconic coasts and parks along the Great Ocean Road will be located at Torquay.

The Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority (GORCAPA) is a key part of the State Government’s reforms to protect the area for future generations.
 
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Ten-Year Plan to Transform Recycling in Victoria
 
The Victorian Government has released its circular economy strategy – Recycling Victoria – a 10-year plan that will completely overhaul Victoria’s recycling sector.

The $300+ million package brings together a suite of landmark reforms, dedicated to shifting Victoria to a circular economy, including a state-wide four-bin recycling system, a container deposit scheme and nearly $100 million to support businesses, drive innovation and create local jobs.
 
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Reduce your risk of Coronavirus
 
The Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services has up-to-date information and guidance on the current outbreak of coronavirus: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
 
To stop the spread of viruses like coronavirus practice excellent hand hygiene, and cough and sneeze etiquette.
 
For information, including posters: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19
 
If you have concerns about your health, it's best to contact your GP, or if you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep 000 for emergencies only.
 
 
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.
 
 
 
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RDA BSW Committee Update
 
Interstate Collaborations

The RDA Barwon South West team recently met with RDA Illawarra to understand how we might be able to collaborate on common issues and opportunities. Learnings from the Geelong City Deal was a topic of discussion as RDA Illawarra advocate for a Wollongong City Deal.

Wollongong and Geelong are also featured cities in the recently released Australia’s Gateway Cities (Geelong, Newcastle, Wollongong). Discussion included how we might work together to provide advice to the Commonwealth in relation to the common issues and opportunities in each of the three cities.
 
 
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Research, Funding & Grant Opportunities
 
Regional Australia Institute
The Regional Growth Prospects Report explores strategic investment in food processing, tourism, advanced manufacturing and creative industries to help policy makers and communities choose where to focus their efforts for greater impact and value.

Respect@Work: national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces
Australian Human Rights Commission
Workplace sexual harassment is prevalent and pervasive: it occurs in every industry, in every location and at every level, in Australian workplaces. This inquiry report proposes a new approach for government, employers and the community, to better prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the workplace and provide leadership and innovation in addressing this complex and difficult issue.

Measure for measure: gender equality in Australia
Per Capita
This report tracks the life cycle of Australian women, from early childhood, through education, employment, unpaid work, parenting and care, to retirement and old age, and identifies the points at which they fall behind men, in terms of their social and economic power.

Coastal Grants Program
The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee dedicates funds for community-led projects that enhance the natural values of the 37km of coastal Crown land under its management between Point Impossible and Cumberland River. The grants aim to support the work of volunteers and community groups who work to preserve and protect our environment along the Great Ocean Road. Community groups, non-government organisations and school groups are encouraged to apply. Applications close Friday 24 April, 2020.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Chief Executive Officer

0437 202 300
ecarbines@G21.com.au
 
 
 
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