The Pillar met on 25 February 2021 at 3.00 pm.
Creative Industries Strategy – Tony Grybowski
- Encouraging investment from Councils, government and private industry.
- Cultural and creative economy A$111.7 Billion (6.4% of whole A$1.745 Trillion economy) – The cultural and creative industries A$91 Billion (5.2% of whole economy), include arts, culture, screen, design, publishing, advertising.
- A vibrant Arts and Culture activity has direct economic effects on GDP and indirect effects on the rest of the economy – impacts visitation, bed nights and transport, with timing ideal due to alignment opportunities with current strategy’s/visions /reports = sustainable/ collaborative/ diverse creative culture.
- Sustainable creative – governance, skills development, research framework, co-design and livability.
- Collaborative creative – policy & Council plan alignment and partnerships with government, research, tourism, UNESCO City of Design.
- Diverse creative – strengths-based, first nation’s engagement and ethnic diversity.
- Partnership: Between Committee for Geelong/G21 and many others, eg Creative Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, RDV, RDA and G21 Councils.
- Delivering a report with recommendations in April 2021, a strategy outlining pillars and a case for support.
- Steering Committee to review the results to determine the priorities and speak to Creative Victoria.
COVID Recovery Plan – Stephen Ryan
- Circuit Breaker Business Support package.
- The DJPR developed economic recovery policy principles to guide and target recovery activities, focusing on four sectors: (1) Place-based, (2) Community-led, (3) Strategic and targeted, (4) Coordinated and complementary.
- COVID19 Regional Recovery Committee: Established to track impact and discuss responses – five committees (across Victoria) to develop and deliver the economic recovery plan for each region.
- The circuit breaker $143 million package to support eligible businesses is expected to help more than 50,000 businesses, including hospitality, tourism, events and selected retail.
- This work has commenced and will engage across the region over the next 4 – 6 weeks.
Great Ocean Road Authority Progress – Daniel Aitken
- The Committee commenced 1 December 2020 and resulted in the merger of the Great Ocean Road and Otway Coast committees, working to incorporate all coastal crown land over the next five years.
- We will be a self-funded organisation (existing revenue from caravan parks), but have received Government funding to implement this authority (currently a $20M organisation) – necessary to find new sources of revenue to reach $50M (tourism bus fees could be a future opportunity and look to target visitors to the area, though no Tolls).
- Will engage local communities a major focus and include mandated ATO engagement.
- Bring together all the major corps including: DELWP, Vic Roads and Parks Victoria.
Great Ocean Road Planning Reforms overview – Libby Sampson
- The Authority’s first core reform is protecting the natural environment and beauty experience for visitors and the second core reform is to establish clear direction and consistent decision making.
- Legislation calls for a Strategic Framework plan for the region – coordinated and integrated of three systems: (1) land use, (2) Visitation and transport with a clear focus on the GOR, (3) Scenic landscapes to provide the strategic basis and direction to future land use, protection and development within the region, guide visitor management and government investment.
- Long term focused and large-scale planning to shape the bigger picture (50+ years).
- Currently not fully funded (2-year project). Current focus on foundational studies will help inform where commercial development can occur. Overlays provide conflicting directions which causes issues.
- 90 different development and design overlays along the GOR; each with a different approach – plan is to streamline these (Fire risk not currently in the planning overlays).
- Another 3,000 rooms needed in the region – identify clear direction to developers.
Updates from Representatives:
Brett Ince (COGC)
- ‘Greater Than’ campaign to encourage tourism in our area.
- ‘You Belong in Geelong’ program is offering to host 50 delegates per corporate event.
- RONE in Geelong – Saturday 27 February – 16 May.
Brett Winter (GeelongPort)
- Ports Victoria, created by the Victorian Government, will have headquarters in Geelong. Commencing on 1 July 2021, it will have overarching responsibility for the channels and commercial port waters, uniting the Victorian Regional Channels Authority and the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne).
David Peart (GMC)
- Major grants announced for manufacturing/engineering from Federal Government Modern Manufacturing Initiative and the Victorian Government Regional Jobs Fund.
Yvonne Yip (Deakin)
- Two new construction projects: (1) Anam Cara hospice and (2) Geelong City Deal Future Economy precinct Epworth Place road construction project, finalised by September 2021.
- Domestic enrolment numbers better than expected due to the ‘University Higher Education’ State Government investment fund grants.
- Student accommodation down despite government funding for international students.