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  1. David Finlayson
    January 19, 2018 @ 12:31 pm

    Hi Leonie, thanks for your useful blog. We at G21 – Geelong Region Alliance very much agree with the nine points in the commentary; they reflect Geelong’s experience. Although Geelong is still involved in discussions with the State and Federal governments about the specific content for an eventual City Deal, G21 would particularly emphasise the importance of your points 1, 2 and 4. Having clear economic priorities (in our case around the visitor economy), working as a region (not just as a city – we have included the Great Ocean Road) and selectively negotiating to maximise outcomes (after all, this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity) are all essential to success. Also, the city/region/state presenting a unified approach to Canberra has been important to receiving a timely consideration of Geelong’s bid by the relevant federal department officials and Ministers, although we understand we have a way to go yet. Regards, David Finlayson (Communications Manager, G21 – Geelong Region Alliance).


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