September 2020
City Deal expanding Geelong's network of laneways
Geelong’s network of laneways will be further expanded with a new pathway set to begin construction next year.
As part of the $370 million Geelong and Great Ocean Road City Deal (City Deal), 28 Malop Street has been purchased with the existing building to be demolished.
The demolition will make-way for construction of a new connecting laneway to better link the Green Spine, the city’s waterfront and the university precinct with Little Malop Street’s thriving shops, food outlets and nightlife via Denny’s Place.
The laneway network overhaul is part of the broader, $38 million Revitalising Central Geelong Project, which is a G21 priority project.
And it comes at a crucial time. Investments like this one under the City Deal will provide an important economic stimulus to our region.
Two other City Deal projects have also reached significant milestones. Apollo Bay Harbour Precinct Development Plan is currently out for community feedback, while the design of the next section of the Green Spine has commenced, both of which are also G21 priority projects.
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Funding secured for new youth hub
A new purpose-built youth hub will be established in Bannockburn.
The Golden Plains Youth Hub will become the centre for youth services in the area and a place for young people to make new friends, get involved in decision-making and make their voices heard.
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Important step for defence manufacturing deal
Community and defence industry leaders have welcomed positive news regarding a multi-billion-dollar defence project in Geelong.
The deal would provide 350 local jobs and support Geelong’s manufacturing sector for the next decade.
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Geelong Arts Centre builder appointed
The Victorian Government has appointed Lendlease to deliver the $128 million next stage of the Geelong Arts Centre redevelopment.
Lendlease’s ‘Geelong First’ commitment will put local partnerships, skills and innovation at the heart of the project and will ensure local suppliers and tradespeople, including social enterprises, are invited to tender on works packages throughout construction.
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Australian Taxation Office to remain in Geelong
The Australian Taxation Office is set to continue in Geelong, following an announcement they were reviewing their lease two months ago.

G21 had called on the federal government to retain its Australian Taxation Office presence in Geelong to help the region’s post-COVID economic recovery and honour its commitment to government agency decentralisation
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Apollo Bay Harbour Plan - Feedback sought
Feedback is being sought on a draft Apollo Bay Harbour Precinct Development Plan now on public exhibition.
The draft plan is a significant milestone in the redevelopment of Apollo Bay’s Harbour Precinct and follows years of advocacy, community consultation and planning.
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Feedback required! Complete the G21 Stakeholder Survey
G21 welcomes feedback on how it is doing its job. Please help us by taking only a couple of minutes to complete the 2020 survey right here.

Responses will help increase G21's value to you and the region. Thanks in anticipation!
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SAVE THE DATE: G21 Annual General Meeting Thursday, 12 November

You are invited to attend the G21 Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 5pm on Thursday 12 November. The AGM provides members the opportunity to review and celebrate the achievements of the Alliance over the last 12 months, and to hear about G21's plans for the coming year.

This year, two of the elected G21 Directors are due to conclude their two-year term. There is also an extraordinary vacancy open, which will have a one-year term. If you are a member of G21 and interested in becoming a G21 Director, please contact Nada Malinac to obtain a nomination form on (03) 5227 4000 or Nominations close 5pm, Thursday 15 October, 2020.

If the number of nominations received exceeds the number of positions available, the membership will be called upon to vote for their preferred candidate at the AGM.

If a G21 Director or member would like to raise any ‘special business’ at the AGM they must submit their request in writing or via email to Elaine Carbines CEO of G21 at by 5pm, Thursday 15 October, 2020. Please ensure you include the nature of the special business and personally sign it.

Minutes from the previous G21 AGM and the Agenda will be distributed to members with a formal invitation on Thursday 22 October, 2020.
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
Geelong Careers

RDA Barwon South West recently provided funding for the Geelong Region Local Learning and Employment Network (GRLLEN) to update the Geelong Careers application for regional employers and job seekers.
Business Events Exhibitor Grants program

The Australian Government has announced a $50 million injection to help restart Australia’s vital business events sector.
Government support for the next generation of energy technologies

The Australian Government is supporting the next generation of energy technologies with an extra $1.62 billion for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to invest, as well as expanding the focus of ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to back new technologies that will cut emissions in agriculture, manufacturing, industry and transport.
$2 billion to extend a range of COVID-19 health measures

The Prime Minister has announced that millions of Australians will continue to receive medical care and support in their own homes with more than $2 billion to extend a range of COVID-19 health measures for a further six months (to 31 March 2021).
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Research, Funding & Grant Opportunities
Wander through the Gallery from the comfort of your home to experience Geelong Gallery's permanent collection and current exhibitions in their 360° virtual tour.

Visit the virtual gallery to explore the treasures of our collection, Collection leads: Kate Beynon—kindred spirits, Jacky Redgate—HOLD ON, Going public—portraits from the Colin Holden Collection and Resonance + Reflection—design ideas for an expanded Geelong Gallery.

Activate Leadership program
The Committee for Geelong has facilitated Activate leadership programs since 2016, and it is one of the most highly regarded and competitive leadership programs in the region. This year Activate has successfully transitioned to an online format and has been rated 9.3/10 by participants. Their next eight-week program runs 15 Oct - 3 Dec 2020, and runs a total of 32 hours.

‘I really love the leadership course and it has changed the way I think of myself as a leader. I have often thought about all the reasons I'm not a leader but Activate has helped me to understand that I do have strengths and I can stay true to my values and be a leader. Thank you. I also love all the connection activities that we do.’ Lucy Spanswick, Western Vic PHN

Application close 30 Sept 2020. For further enquiries, please ring Vicki Strachan on 5247 9512 or email
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