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Strategic Projects


Region Population Levers for Economic Development
Growing Business Opportunities in China (Completed)
Regional Livestock Freight Study and Live Export Strategy - Avalon Airport (Current)
Disruptive Technology Advances In Wearable Sensors - Investigative Study (Completed)
Portland Cruise Vessel Study (Completed)
Development of G21 Regional Public Transport Strategy 2014-2017
Geelong Central Transportation Links
Barwon South West Region Strategic Integrated Transport Review
Avalon Airport 3D Master Plan
Digital Economy Planning for G21
Budj Bim Master Plan
Great South Coast Pillar Group Establishment
Great South Coast Family Violence Strategy (PVAWC)
Great Ocean Road Tourism Destination Management Plan
Barwon South West (BSW) Tertiary Education Attainment Strategy
Barwon South West Information (I.T) Research & Development (R&D) and Commercialisation Strategy
Barwon South Western Region Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy and Action Plans
Scoping & Implementation Plan for Grampians Way Tourist Road (joint project with RDA Grampians)
Filling the Glass
Green Triangle Plantation Timber and Beyond project


Region Population Levers for Economic Development

This project identified innovative actions required to activate significant population levers to support population growth and economic outcomes in the Barwon South West region by looking beyond current initiatives and explore actions and interventions.

Population Levers for Economic Development Report (PDF 1.3 MB)


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ACBC Report coverGrowing Business Opportunities in China (Completed)

The project identified what the current regional trade activity with China is and what sectors are more active than others. The project also identified existing civic relationships and investment relationships. The Australia Chine Business Council (ACBC) engaged a consultant to deliver a report identifying existing regional relationships with China, including future trading and investment opportunities and recommended next steps to grow the regional business opportunity.

ACBC Report "Growing the Opportunities for Trade with China" (PDF 2.3 MB)


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airplaneRegional Livestock Freight Study and Live Export Strategy - Avalon Airport (Current)

This project will support Avalon Airport to undertake a freight opportunities study to develop a strategy for the airport to maximise its potential to become an approved premises in the exporting of livestock. A suitably qualified consultant was engaged to undertake the project in consultation with the applicant and other stakeholders.

This report advocates for Avalon becoming Victoria’s primary live animal airfreight hub. It recognises that, although slower, with the attendant animal welfare considerations arising from prolonged travel, sea transport is more cost efficient for freighting larger numbers of live animals for slaughter. However airfreighted animals are more valuable. (In 2012, while breeders only made up about 19 % of the total number of cattle exported, the value of these animals was 42% of the total value of cattle exported that year.)

Recommendations that Avalon Airport

  • Pursues the freighting of live animals because it is uniquely positioned to become an efficient exemplar of the industry in Australia.
  • Be set up to cater for the trade: including stockyards, loading facilities and any other required infrastructure.
  • Makes a formal application to become a licensed quarantine site.
  • Approaches both state and federal government at the highest level, to seek confirmation of government support for the airport’s aspirations.

Avalon Airport - Draft Regional Livestock Export Strategy (PDF 1.5 MB)


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R&D imageDisruptive Technology Advances In Wearable Sensors - Investigative Study (Completed)

This project involved ‘implementation’ of the Barwon South-West Information Technology (I.T.) Research & Development (R&D) and Commercialisation Strategy (Stage 1). Stage 1 was prepared by ICT Geelong (Geelong Region ICT Cluster) in February 2013.

Stage 1 highlighted the opportunity to continue development of regional IT capability involving sensors and wearable computing technologies. It was proposed that these technologies provide an important ongoing focal point for the growth of the I.T. industry in the region.

Stage 2 addressed the recommendations highlighted in the Strategy (Stage 1), and leverages off the industry networks developed during this original project.

The Stage 2 Strategy;

  • provided a focus for future sensors and wearable computing research in the region;
  • provided an understanding of future industry need and potential market opportunities for sensors and wearable computing, and;
  • better co-ordinates industry stakeholders to develop research and commercial opportunities to grow the industry in the region.

Stage 2 also involved investigating and initiating development of research and commercial opportunities focussed on sensors and wearable computing technologies. This included undertaking;

  • A study into high potential commercial markets for sensors and wearable computing technologies
  • A study into technology advances in sensors and wearable computing technologies.
  • Industry collaboration and development Initiatives involving key industry stakeholders.

IT R&D and Commercialisation Strategy (Stage 2) Executive Summary (PDF 750.5 KB)
IT R&D and Commercialisation Strategy (Stage 2) Final Report (PDF 1.9 MB)


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Portland HarbourPortland Cruise Vessel Study (Completed)

The project generated a report that evaluated and provided advice on:

  • The maximum size of cruise vessels that could safely berth within the port and any associated marine safety issues;
  • Logistical issues that POPL and GSC need to consider with cruise vessels visiting the port;
  • Recommendations for improvements to port and shire infrastructure;
  • Issues the cruise industry will face at Portland that may impact on a positive passenger experience;
  • Benchmarking Port of Portland port costs with other regional ports that receive cruise vessels;
  • Likely market demand from the cruise industry for Portland as a cruise destination over the next 20 years.


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G21 Public Transport Strategy coverDevelopment of G21 Regional Public Transport Strategy 2014-2017

This project was for the development of an integrated public transport action plan that reflects the priority needs and strategic actions for each LGA as well as the regional public transport needs and strategic actions to effectively plan for and respond to public transport opportunities and challenges 2014-2017.

The G21 Region Public Transport Strategy has the goal of increasing utilisation of public transport, and in turn:

  • Reducing traffic congestion
  • Improving the environment
  • Overcoming social isolation.

The strategy has been developed in close collaboration with G21 region stakeholders and the G21 region community. Following a review of the G21 Integrated public transport strategy (2008) and current policy, the community was consulted about different possible ways to develop public transport in the G21 region. From this consultation, strategic objectives have been developed that reflect the different needs of communities across the G21 region. A series of actions that can be delivered within the next four years to progress the strategic objectives have been detailed in the Action Plan.

G21 Regional Public Transport Strategy (PDF 5.9 MB)


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Geelong Transport Links coverGeelong Central Transportation Links

The study assessed & quantified changes to freight movements in and around Geelong CBD and identified a number of measures that can provide a road network that addresses the conflict between modes and more accurately represents the agreed hierarchy of the road network in central Geelong.

Geelong Central Transportation Links Study (Volume 1) (PDF 7.3 MB)
Geelong Central Transportation Links Study (Volume 2) (PDF 11.9 MB)


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Barwon South West Region Strategic Integrated Transport Review

The strategic review provided a stakeholder engagement plan to increase the awareness and understanding of key stakeholders within the Barwon South West region to enable a planned approach of engagement with the aim to maximising the ability leverage existing projects.


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Avalon Airport 3D imageAvalon Airport 3D Master Plan

A 3D animation product was developed to bring the Melbourne – Avalon masterplan vision to life, so that potential investors and partners can understand the end goal and the future of the airport and the region.


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Digital Economy imageDigital Economy Planning for G21

Project provided status of digital uptake and adoption within the G21 region. The G21 Digital Economy Strategy was distributed to all councils in the Barwon South West.

The project provided information on the current status of digital uptake and adoption within the G21 region. It also provided case studies of ‘best practice’ in digital adoption by businesses and regions, to show what can be achieved by successful implementation of digital initiatives. This was also assessed in the context of future implementation of high-speed broadband (via the NBN) in the region.

The project also included ‘base data’ analysis that will provide local, state and Commonwealth government stakeholders with a better position to jointly consider future economic policy to influence economic growth and development opportunities around the digital economy.

RDA-BSW G21 Digital Economy Strategy Proposal (PDF 730.8 KB)


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Budj Bim Masterplan summaryBudj Bim Master Plan

The Masterplan outlined the overall vision for the Budj Bim site by collating existing work into one single, seamless document.

Budj Bim Master Plan Summary (PDF 7.9 MB)


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Great South Coast Pillar Group Establishment

The GSC group engaged a suitably qualified and skilled consultant to support the pillars during the establishment phase and skills to conduct vital research as they developed sound, evidence-based business cases for their first projects.

The funding played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Great South Coast Group’s four Pillars.

It provided administrative support as the Pillars seek to establish a sustainable modus operandi into the future. This included maintaining up-to-date records in relation to Pillar Group membership, establishing Terms of Reference, coordinating meeting schedules, preparation of agendas, attendance at Pillar meetings, preparation and archiving of meeting minutes, event coordination, preparation of reports and liaison with external stakeholders.

The regional forums have helped to rally our region for action! Bringing together disparate groups of people, the forums have provided important opportunities to collectively discuss and decide upon our priority areas for action.

In addition, the marketing collateral was produced that helped establish the Great South Coast brand and corporate identity.

In summary, the funding helped to cement the partnerships that underpins the Great South Coast Group and has enabled them to collectively agree upon regional priorities.

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Great South Coast Family Violence StrategyGreat South Coast Family Violence Strategy (PVAWC)

This project developed an integrated strategy to prevent Family Violence within the community of the Great South Coast (GSC).

GSC PVAWC Strategy (PDF 897.0 KB)


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Great-Ocean-Road-VictoriaGreat Ocean Road Tourism Destination Management Plan

The RDA Committee, in partnership with regional stakeholders, has released the Great Ocean Road Tourism Destination Management Plan. The plan identifies the actions and investment necessary to further develop tourism opportunities in the region for both international and domestic markets in line with forecast visitor growth identified in the national strategy Tourism 2020.

Great Ocean Road Destination Management Plan (PDF 5.5 MB)


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Barwon South West (BSW) Tertiary Education Attainment Strategy

The RDA Committee has been working with regional stakeholders to develop a Barwon South West Tertiary Education Attainment Strategy that identifies actions to help increase tertiary education attainment rates in the region. The intent of Stage 1 of the Barwon South West (BSW) Tertiary Attainment Project was to identify, gather and analyse relevant information that could be used to inform Stage 2. This second stage of the project, built on Stage 1, defined strategies and actions that lead to the preparation of an implementation plan covering the period to 2025.

Barwon South West Tertiary Education Attainment Strategy - Stage 2 Report (PDF 827.0 KB)

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Barwon South West Information (I.T) Research & Development (R&D) and Commercialisation Strategy

The aim of the Project was to determine two or three I.T. centric technologies that;

  • are ‘disruptive’ (ie game changing) technologies that the region could be recognised as world leaders in;
  • involve collaboration between tertiary institutions, research institutions and private enterprises;
  • are activities that can attract significant R&D grants / funding, and;
  • have excellent commercial potential in global markets.

A focused effort on developing a small number of niche technologies would potentially lead to the establishment of a research node or centre of excellence, commercial spin-outs or start-ups and knowledge-based investment, jobs and export in the region. This does not mean that other I.T.-based research and commercial opportunities won’t be pursued – rather the identified niche technologies will provide a focal point for future efforts.

The report is based upon the two game changing technology applications and its relevance to the region.

Executive Summary of the Barwon South West Information (I.T) Research & Development (R&D) and Commercialisation Strategy (PDF 880.9 KB)
Barwon South West Information (I.T) Research & Development (R&D) and Commercialisation Strategy (PDF 2.6 MB)

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Barwon South Western Region Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy and Action Plans

The purpose of the project was to develop an innovative action oriented workforce strategy for the growing health and wellbeing sector that will add economic and social value and lead to a gradual strengthening of the regions longer term prosperity, liveability and sustainability.

The region wide project delivered an integrated strategic framework for both the G21 and Great South Coast regions that takes a ten year view with strategies to:

  • improve staff recruitment and retention outcomes;
  • develop a range of pathways to careers in health;
  • strengthen regional leadership and governance arrangements;
  • establish integrated regional workforce planning capacity that is aligned with regional development goals and objectives;
  • create an environment for the innovations and reforms needed to sustain local health systems;
  • promote healthy workplace policy and action;
  • improve workforce planning and development infrastructure;
  • strengthen regional capacity for local education training and development.

Barwon-South Western Region Health & Wellbeing Workforce Strategy, 2012-2022 (PDF 367.8 KB)
Barwon-South Western Region Health & Wellbeing Workforce Planning Model and Process - Technical Paper 2013 (PDF 1.8 MB)
Barwon-South Western Region Health & Wellbeing Workforce Strategy, 2012-2015 Action Plan (PDF 155.7 KB)

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Scoping & Implementation Plan for Grampians Way Tourist Road (joint project with RDA Grampians)

The purpose of the Grampians Way Ring Road Scoping Study is to analyse options for a tourist route around the Grampians National Park that will:

  • Promote increased dispersal of visitation in the region;
  • Provide alternative ways to travel around the park, mitigating the impact of closures that have had a considerable impact on the tourism industry;
  • Open up new areas and tourism nodes around the National Park to investment; and,
  • Provide a new experience: the Grampians Way Ring Road should be considered a tourism product in its own right.

This paper represents the initial phase of the project. It provides background and research into the need for and potential benefits arising from the development of the Grampians Way Ring Road, and then a discussion of the various options identified for the route.

For the purpose of this analysis, the Grampians has been divided into 4 sectors that closely align with the Shires in the study region:

  • The North West within the Horsham Rural City Council;
  • The South West with the Southern Grampians Shire;
  • The South East with the Ararat Rural City Council; and
  • The North East with the Northern Grampians Shire.

Grampians Way Ring Road Scoping Study (PDF 2.5 MB)

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Filling the Glass

Filling the Glass is an impact study of growth in the Western Victorian and south-east South Australian dairy industry designed to provide improved understanding of the likely pattern of growth, its drivers and barriers, and a clear set of recommendations to facilitate growth.

The objectives of Filling the Glass were to:

  1. Identify and learn from the drivers and impacts of historical growth.
  2. Develop the most likely future growth trajectories and the scenarios to achieve them.
  3. Identify and describe the likely impacts of each scenario.
  4. Provide a set of recommendations to government and the industry to facilitate growth.

The purpose of this report is to allow the key regional stakeholders to understand the likely growth patterns in the dairy industry, and the likely drivers and barriers to achieving that growth. The improved knowledge and understanding developed from this project will assist government and industry to facilitate sustainable growth for the benefit of the whole region.

WestVic Dairy "Filling the Glass" Executive Summary of the Report (PDF 1.9 MB)
WestVic Dairy "Filling the Glass" full Report (PDF 6.5 MB)

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The RDA Committee, in partnership with the RDA Limestone Coast in South Australia, and other regional stakeholders, has completed the Green Triangle Plantation Timber 2011 and Beyond project. The report provides clear evidence and advice on the current forestry activity in the Green Triangle region, collect data on development trends, (including production forecasts and wood flows) and identify opportunities for investment and value-adding in the Green Triangle timber industry.

Green Triangle Plantation Timber 2011 and Beyond project document (PDF 8.8 MB)


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Last Updated: 11 May 2017