Join the conversation on our future economy

Friday, 24 March 2017

Jointly our discussion about industries that hold the key to the region’s future economic growth.

Deakin, the City of Greater Geelong and G21 are jointly inviting the community to a series of discussions about industries that hold the key to the region’s future economic growth, following today’s launch of a report outlining four major projects worth about $2 billion to the local economy.

The Our Futures Deakin Lecture Series will include four public events in Geelong between May and July, centring on key industries and themes contained in the Geelong Economic Futures report that identifies the major project potential within the region. 

The projects include a $1 billion plan to make Avalon Victoria’s largest interstate and seaport road and rail freight terminal, an up to $800 million water solution to drought proof regional food production, a $300 million investment at CSIRO’s Animal Health Laboratory to create the Asia Pacific hub for infectious disease and biosecurity, and an injection of $70 million to Deakin’s Carbon Nexus.

The report, released today, finds that the scoped projects would help shape Geelong’s future, primarily harnessing private equity investment to remove reliance on Government subsidy.

The lecture series themes will align with industries relevant to the projects, including biosciences, agriculture, advanced manufacturing and pathways to prosperity, and be led by experts who will create broader discussion about future opportunities for the Geelong region across each industry.

 To register to attend any of the lectures in the series please contact Lisa on 03 5272 4075 or email

Our Future Deakin Lecture Series details:

  1. Thursday 4 May 2017 from 6:00pm
    Deakin Waterfront, with Professor Peter Doherty AC and Dr Graham Mitchell AO

     Professor Doherty is Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne and shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 for discovering how the immune system recognises virus-infected cells.  Dr Mitchell is one of Australia’s leading biological scientists, a veterinary graduate and University gold medallist of the University of Sydney.

  2. Agriculture - Thursday 8 June 2017 from 6:00pm
    Deakin Waterfront, with Robert McGavin and Lyndsay Sharp

    Mr McGavin is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman, Boundary Bend Limited, is directly involved in a large scale vineyard in South Australia, a grazing operation in Western Queensland and a cropping and grazing operation in South Western Victoria.  Ms Sharp is a Director at Leura Park Estate Vineyard, Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Flying Brick Cider Co, Curlewis Golf Club.

  3. Advanced Manufacturing - Thursday 6 July 2017 from 6:00pm

    Deakin Waurn Ponds, with Natalie Waldie and Jake Dingle.
    Ms Waldie is Project Manager, BAE Systems Australia. Mr Dingle is Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Revolution and has a background in engineering, operations, strategy and mergers and acquisitions within Australian listed companies.

  4. Pathways to Prosperity - Thursday 20 July 2017 from 6:00pm
    Deakin Waterfront, with James Pearson and Andrew Cardwell

    Mr Pearson is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Australia's largest business advocacy network. Mr Cardwell is a Partner at InfraInvest, and an accomplished PPP commercial director, project financing specialist and project engineer across a range of industry sectors including roads, rail, energy, military, telecommunications, environmental services and social infrastructure.