August 2020
 
 
Stay Home. Stay Safe.
 
In the midst of our second pandemic lockdown, we urge business and the community in the region to stay at home during Stage 3 coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions to help protect you and your loved ones.
 
The restrictions, which have been in place since August 6, are aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus and minimising impacts on the community.
 
There is a real and growing threat in some regional communities; we only have to look at the rapid increase in infection rate in Colac to see how quickly the virus can spread.
 
Given the rise in cases across the G21 region, we were not surprised that the Premier has taken this course of action.
 
G21 strongly urges the community to abide by the Victorian Government directives to stay home as much as possible and to limit your movements.
 
We all have a responsibility to follow the Stage 3 restrictions in order to reduce new case numbers and save lives.
 
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Federal Recognition of Princes Highway’s Significance
 
The Australian Government has added the Princes Highway from Colac to the South Australian border to the National Land Transport Network.
 
The move recognises the critical importance of the section of highway as a key freight link for the Victorian and National economies.
 
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Kardinia Park Stadium Trust benefits in $10.5 million rebound
 
As part of the recently announced $2.7 billion Building Works Package announced by the Victorian Government, Kardinia Park Stadium Trust (KPST) will be provided with $10.5 million in capital funding for security, safety and infrastructure upgrades throughout GMHBA Stadium.
 
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Feature film shines spotlight on Geelong locations
 
The Victorian Government is investing $126 million to improve regional freight and passenger rail services, as part of the economic response to the coronavirus crisis.
 
The upgrades will be vital to support local communities and create jobs and boost economic activity in regional Victoria.
 
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Local stations to undergo upgrade
 
More than $3 million will be spent by the State Government to upgrade three Geelong line train stations.
 
North Shore, Lara and North Geelong will undergo improvements including installation of public address systems, CCTV and seating, and upgrades to toilets, lighting and access points for those with a disability.
 
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Torquay cultural facility site revealed
 
The Surf Coast Shire Council has determined the location and features of a future cultural facility in Torquay.
 
 The preferred model is an entire redevelopment of the site that currently accommodates the Surf Coast Sport and Recreation Centre, Australian National Surfing Museum and Visitor Information Centre.
 
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Funding to keep Victorian’s creating
 
Hundreds of Victorian creatives hit hard by the ongoing impacts of coronavirus have received a lifeline from the Victorian Government, enabling them to keep working, adapting and creating through the pandemic.
 
Almost $2.3 million in Sustaining Creative Workers grants will directly support 373 independent creatives and micro-businesses across the state.
 
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Funding boost to improve freight and passenger rail
 
The G21 region has lit up the screen at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) this month, with several Geelong locations featuring in the world premiere of local production Paper Champions.

Scenes were shot locally at Geelong West Town Hall, McDonald Reserve in Belmont, Eastern Beach and on local roads.
 
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Agriculture jobs boost for region
 
Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CMA) has been engaged to undertake a range of work to support the G21 region’s vital agricultural sector.
 
New team members will undertake a range of work, including improving local land health through revegetation and fencing of important environmental areas such as waterways, weed control, soil sampling and water quality monitoring on private and adjacent public land.
 
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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
 
Regional Development Australia Barwon South West Supporting SMEs
 
As the economic impact of COVID-19 begins to deepen and evolve, so does the need for urgent action to help people and businesses in our communities who have been hit the hardest.
 
Small to medium businesses across our region are feeling the brunt of the economic and social pacts of COVID-19.
 
RDA BSW is here to offer support, guidance and assistance to ensure any response to this pandemic can set our economy and community up for success in economic recovery.

The information attached will help you navigate through some of the current support that is available.
 
This includes acces to Financial Assistance, Financial Counselling amd Mental Health services.
 
We will endeavour to keep you updated as new program funding is announced.
 
 
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Research, Funding & Grant Opportunities
 
Grant opportunities for artists
Geelong Arts Centre's Creative Engine is offering grants for artists and creatives working in the G21 region. 
Totalling $16,000 in financial grants and in-kind occupancies at the arts centre’s landmark Ryrie Street building, the eight available grant packages will directly benefit individuals and organisation who demonstrate the desire and ability to drive bold and exciting contemporary arts practice and performance. Applications close Sunday 30 August at 5pm.
 
G21 region households and small businesses impacted by COVID 19 can continue to have their electricity network charges deferred after Network Relief Package is extended for a further 6 months to January 2021.
 
New interactive heat maps by Everybody’s Home shows widespread homelessness and social housing needs across Corio and Corangamite electorates. A lack of affordable housing is the biggest cause of homelessness and also a barrier to escaping homelessness.
 
OECD Publishing
This report suggestshows that if environmental policies can be designed in a way that minimises economic burdens, they can help achieve economic & environmental goals and a cleaner growth model.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This email has been designed to provide you, a valued member of the broader G21 Family, with a snapshot of the key projects and activities of the G21 Alliance over the past month. You have been included in the distribution list of this G21 Snapshots email, because you have an important role in improving people’s lives in the G21 region as a Federal or State parliamentarian, Councillor, Regional Management Forum member, senior manager with regional Councils, senior manager with Regional Development Victoria, G21 Member, G21 Pillar participant, G21 Board member or member of the media (a list of over 700 individuals or organisations).
 
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Bill Mithen
G21 Chairperson
(03) 5227 4000
chair@G21.com.au
 
Elaine Carbines
Chief Executive Officer

0437 202 300
ecarbines@G21.com.au
 
 
 
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