Geelong – from gloom to boom

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Elaine Carbines and John Cain Foundation board members Greg Hunt and Brian Howe AO

Five years ago, Victoria’s second city was ailing, with the imminent closure of  the Ford plant and a host of other troubles bringing bad headlines.

Today, the picture is a good deal rosier with Geelong and its surrounding regions moving into information technology, creative industries, advanced fibres, defence industries, research and education.

G21 – Geelong Region Alliance, which was formed in 2005, has played no small part in the transformation.

At our July lunch, Elaine Carbines,  G21’s CEO, spoke about the alliance’s pivotal role as a forum to discuss regional issues across interest groups and municipalities resulting in better coordinated research, consultation and planning.

Ms Carbines presented a balanced picture, outlining the region’s challenges as well as its many opportunities. Ms Carbines’ presentation is available here.

 

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