With a population growth rate of 2.6% or more per year over the last 5 years, the G21 region is rapidly outgrowing its transport infrastructure. A new, low-emissions network to connect the region must be developed to accommodate the influx of residents, tourists and industry.
G21 is currently preparing an Integrated Transport Strategy to investigate intra-regional gaps, worsening road congestion, a lack of public transport options, a patchwork of cycling and pedestrian connections, a lack of dedicated routes for the growing freight industry, a need for new transport corridors to link growing settlements outside central Geelong and an over-reliance on road vehicles which is causing inactivity, pollution and a drag on productivity in the regional economy.
The strategy will examine low or no emissions transport modes in line with G21 communities’ desire to create a sustainable region.
Renewable energy-powered electric vehicles, EV charging stations, electric bikes and buses will all play a role in the region’s future transport network. Trials of hydrogen powered buses are underway at Deakin University as well as hydrogen fuel cell testing for trucks and other heavy vehicles currently powered by high-emissions diesel fuel.
The next five to ten years will be critical in setting up the region’s growing communities for long-term social and economic success. A multi-modal, thoughtfully planned intra-regional transport network will be fundamental to this.
What G21 needs
Electric vehicle charging stations to be strategically located across the region to encourage uptake of clean energy vehicles and reduce carbon emissions.
Recommendations from the G21 Integrated Transport Strategy will be available mid-2022 to guide future transport planning over three time horizons.
The Integrated Transport Strategy recommendations will indicate suitable transport modes based on passenger volume, cost, carbon emissions and other key indicators.
A commitment to embed GROW training, employment and procurement principles in all government projects within the region.