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Premier announces $600,000 boost for G21 projects
Monday, 6 September 2004

Click here to visit photo galleryA 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 Strategic Plan.

Click for larger view of map and information about G21"The 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 Marketing Strategy.

Other key projects include:

  • 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 processes;
  • Completing a Regional Telecommunication Needs Assessment to identify future needs and develop relevant strategies; and
  • 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 last year.

"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 departments.

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 G21."

Key Note Speaches

The mpg3 audio files below were recorded and prepared by Nicholas Soames. If you have problems listening to them and would like some help, email me at - [email protected]

 

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

Source: Media release from the Premier of Victoria - www.vic.gov.au

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