Monday, 6 September 2004
blueprint to capitalise on the strong economic and population
growth expected in the Geelong region over the next 20 years
today received a $600,000 boost from the Victorian Government.
The Premier, Steve Bracks, and the Minister
for State and Regional Development, John Brumby, said the
funding would assist the G21 Geelong Region Alliance implement
and facilitate key projects identified in the Geelong Region
Geelong Region Strategic Plan is a roadmap for future prosperity
for the 240,000 people living in the Geelong, Surf Coast,
Queenscliffe, Colac Otway and Golden Plains municipalities,"
Mr Bracks said.
"It is about ensuring the region is renowned
for its vibrant, cohesive community, exceptional physical
environment and vigorous economy.
"The plan will deal with strong projected
population growth and pinpoints future economic, environmental
and social drivers for each municipality in the region."
According to the plan, the Geelong region's
population is expected to rise from 240,000 to 300,000 over
the next 20 years, with the economy predicted to grow faster
than the rest of the State.
The Victorian Government is already providing
support for some of the projects listed in the report, including
the West Connect Geelong Ring Road, the Intermodal Exchange
at Lascelles Wharf and the Aquaculture and Seafood Industry
- Establishing a Centre for Population Health
that provides a sustainable and collaborative approach to
serving the region' s needs for information and research;
- Developing a Cultural (and Creative) Precinct
Concept Plan that recognises opportunities for development
in arts, conferencing, research, learning and telecommunications;
- Preparing a Regional State of the Environment
Report to enable the formation of integrated, long-term
approaches to sustainable use of natural resources and preservation
and improvement of the region's environment and ecological
- Completing a Regional Telecommunication Needs
Assessment to identify future needs and develop relevant
- Developing a Regional Waste to Energy Framework
to set clear guidelines for the future establishment ofwaste
to energy facilities within the region.
Mr Brumby said the $600,000 from the Regional
Investment Initiative Program was in addition to $150,000
provided for the plan when he launched it in Geelong in November
"The Geelong region is a great place to
live, work and invest and it offers a range of lifestyle choices
to suit almost everyone," Mr Brumby said.
"The G21 alliance has articulated in detail
where the region is heading over the next 20 years and how
it hopes to get there and it's a great example of a regional
community taking charge of its future."
As well as the five councils, other organisations
involved with G21 include Barwon Water, Barwon Health, Gordon
TAPE, the Committee for Geelong, CSIRO, the Smart Geelong
Region Local Learning and Employment Network, Victoria Police,
the Geelong Development Board and various Victorian Government
G21 Board chairperson and Geelong Mayor, Cr
Ed Coppe, said welcomed the announcement.
"The Victorian Government support is a
huge boost for G21 and will add to the funding of the five
G21 Region Councils and enable us to get on with delivering
what G21 is all about -projects that will strengthen our great
region," Cr Coppe said.
"This support is also clear recognition
of the value the Victorian Government places on community
driven regional planning and development initiatives like
The mpg3 audio files below were recorded and
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- Victorian Premier Steve
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- Minister for State and Regional Development,
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- Geelong Mayor, Cr Ed Coppe - Listen
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- CEO of G21, Rob McHenry - Listen
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The Premier, Steve Bracks
Geelong Mayor, Cr Ed Coppe
Surf Coast Mayor, Cr Beth Davidson, Premier
Steve Bracks and Surf Coast Shire CEO, Peter Bollen
photos by Nicholas Soames