09 March 2017

$20m Jobs and Investment Taskforce

The Taskforce driving the Turnbull Government’s $20m Jobs and Investment Fund met for the first time today at Deakin University, in Geelong.

The purpose of the Taskforce is to devise a local investment plan for the fund.  The investment plan will provide strong direction and guidance for the government in deciding how best to allocate grants for projects and initiatives to drive economic growth and create jobs across the Geelong and Corangamite region.

The Taskforce comprises:

  • Prof Jane den Hollander AO, Vice-Chancellor Deakin University (chair)
  • Mrs Helene Bender OAM, Independent Director
  • Mrs Bronwynne Calvert, Owner of Irrewarra Sourdough
  • Mrs Elaine Carbines, G21 CEO
  • Mr Justin Giddings, Avalon Airport CEO
  • Mr John Gorman, Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce President
  • Assoc Prof Mark Kennedy, Managing Director of the Corio Medical Clinic
  • Ms Jodie Sizer, Principal at PwC Indigenous Consulting
  • Mrs Kylie Warne, Geelong Chamber of Commerce President

The investment plan will identify investment sectors and strategic priorities which create sustainable industries and jobs into the future.

The plan provides an economic and strategic overview of the region based on an assessment of the region’s competitive advantages and potential areas of growth.

Once the investment plan is finalised, funding across all three streams of the programme will open for applications – competitive business innovation grants to grow jobs, new or upgraded infrastructure and training to address skills shortages.

All applications to the Jobs and Investment Fund should align with one or more of the priorities outlined in the plan.

The Taskforce is not responsible for funding decisions which will be determined by the  Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The Department will release funding guidelines when applications open in the coming months.

I am very proud that our region (encompassing the Corio and Corangamite electorates) is only one of ten in Australia which has secured one of these funding packages.

8 March 2017