June 2020
 
 
Move to boost region’s Social and Affordable Housing
 
An $80,000 seeding grant will help identify ways to increase Social and Affordable Housing available for low-income people within the Geelong region to meet a rapidly growing need.
 
Homelessness-service-provider data from within the G21 region shows there had been a 10 per cent increase over the four years to 2019 in people needing homeless services generally, with about 5 per cent of homeless people 60 years of age or older.
 
Geelong-based not for profit affordable housing provider Sirovilla Incorporated has received a $80,000 grant from the Percy Baxter Charitable Trust to engage a project officer for 12 months.
 
The project officer will engage with a wide range of stakeholders including the existing providers of affordable and social housing across the region to develop a long-term strategy for funding social and affordable housing to reduce housing stress.
 
The 12-month project will focus its efforts on increasing affordable and social housing availability, including housing for older members of our community.
 
G21 will host the project officer and provide access to its resources and networks to help develop the regional strategy.
 
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G21 welcomes GOR Authority
 
Years of advocacy by G21 has resulted in the state government delivering once-in-a-generation reforms to better protect and manage the Great Ocean Road and its iconic coasts and parks.
 
The Great Ocean Road and Environs Protection Bill 2019 has been passed by the Victorian Parliament, clearing the way to establish the Great Ocean Road Coast & Parks Authority (GORCAPA) by 1 December this year.
 
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Geelong COVID Recovery Collective
 
Six local organisations, including G21, have joined forces to agree on a list of projects that support the Geelong region through our economic and social recovery from COVID-19.

Together we are committed to ensuring Geelong, and the wider G21 region, is positioned to recover and build on the significant growth and resilience our community has shown in recent times.
 
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Works begin on Civic Precinct
 
Work has commenced on the City of Greater Geelong’s new Civic Precinct, with pre-construction demolition works beginning on Bayley Street. Construction of the precinct is scheduled to commence at the end of July.

The development will create around 900 jobs, and with a commitment to purchase locally where possible, will have a significant impact on the region’s economy and social outcomes.
 
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Feedback Bannockburn Growth Plan
 
Work continues on the Bannockburn Growth Plan following public consultation undertaken by the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) and Golden Plains Shire Council in March.
 
Almost 400 people provided feedback, providing valuable opinion on Bannockburn’s future, the two top priorities for growth and renewal and what makes Bannockburn great.
 
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Dredging safeguards Apollo Bay fishing
 
Commercial and recreational boat owners will enjoy better access and improved safety at Apollo Bay Harbour thanks to the completion of dredging works at the popular site.

More than 72,000 cubic metres of sand has been removed from the harbour, providing a minimum depth of 3.5 metres.
 
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Surf Coast CEO Keith Baillie will leave lasting legacy
 
Surf Coast Shire CEO Keith Baillie has announced he will be taking up a new CEO position at Geelong based not-for-profit, Gforce Employment Solutions, after more than five years as CEO at Surf Coast Shire Council.
 
Outgoing CEO Rob Birch is to be commended for his strong dedication to Gforce during his 21 years with the organisation, the past eight years as CEO.
 
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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.
 
 
 
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RDA BSW Committee Update
 
RDA Barwon South West supporting communities during coronavirus (COVID-19)
 
The Australian Government has commended the outstanding work of RDA Barwon South West in supporting the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
 
Led by Chair Mr Bruce Anson, RDA Barwon South West’s engagement with their community, businesses and all levels of Government has been vital in identifying emerging issues throughout the crisis and opportunities for the recovery phase.
 
 
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Research, Funding & Grant Opportunities
 
Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) wants to financially support new and existing programs in our communities to help ensure no-one feels alone as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding of $350,000 is available to support the development of cross-sectorial partnerships and support activities that provide an immediate and localised response to the social and economic impacts of isolation. Find out more including the funding criteria and how to apply here.

Community Safety Infrastructure Grants
Funding of up to $500,000 is available to improve public infrastructure to strengthen community safety, security and confidence in public places and support local economic activity.

Projects must have a primary focus on strengthening public safety and security infrastructure to help prevent crime and improve perceptions of safety using situational or environmental approaches. Closes 17 July.

Number of Australia’s vulnerable children is set to double as COVID-19 takes its toll
The Conversation
Three quarters of a million Australian children are likely to be experiencing employment stress in the family as a result of COVID-19. This is on top of around 615,000 children whose families were already dealing with employment stress, whose situation may have worsened.

The stress and anxiety facing parents who have lost their jobs, coupled with social isolation and educational disruption, are likely to put many children at a significantly higher risk of poorer education and health outcomes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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G21 Chairperson
(03) 5227 4000
chair@G21.com.au
 
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Chief Executive Officer

0437 202 300
ecarbines@G21.com.au
 
 
 
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