Committee for Bellarine Inc.



A two part series of presentations to challenge and stimulate our collective approach to the opportunities and challenges within our region.

Where: Bellarine Estate Winery,

2270 Portarlington Road, Bellarine.Buy-Bellarine-BELLARINE ESTATE

Location of BUYBELLARINE Produce Barn,

a Committee for Bellarine program.






 M.C. Peter Kronborg oversees the proceedings for the evening.


YOUTUBE VIDEO of Introduction – Part 2 Scene #1.

“The Future of Work” presented by Dr. Jude Walker / Futurist & Labour Market Analyst.  


“The Future of Work” YOUTUBE VIDEO of Presentation – Part 2 Scene #2

“Response to the Commission of Enquiry Report” presented by Lawrence Elms / Founder Elms Partners, international group based in London & Dubai.    


“Response to the Commission of Enquiry Report”  Presentation – Part 2 Scene #3




First Part: – When :  Thursday March 24th 2016  –  **Successfully COMPLETED as below..

 MARCH 2016 – Keynote speaker / Lawrence Elms – founder Elms Partners.

Elms Partners is an master real estate developer and development partner based in Dubai and London specialising in creating sustainable urban communities and the places and spaces within them, from inception to completion, generating highly valued real estate in every sense.
Elms Partners was formed in 2008 by Lawrence Elms, a 23-year veteran of international development with extensive experience in landmark, strategic, and transformative development projects undertaken by public-private partnerships (PPP).
Lawrence was the senior development executive on Taipei 101 (the world’s tallest building at the time), then CEO of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC – a $4 billion mixed-use project totalling approximately 2 million square meters) during its conception and construction.
Developed in phases and involving multiple developers and investors, DIFC is the epitome of the large-scale PPP project Elms Partners is organised to lead as Master Developer.
Refer for more detail.

ELMS Partners Vision for ‘eastshore Geelong’
ELMS Eastshore Geelong VIC

East Shore Geelong project



Application for a grant of crown land MAY 2012 | version 1.0

“ Elms Partners Limited has developed what we call a “Transformational Plan” for the City of Geelong, a plan that contributes socially, economically and environmentally to the City.

In order to commence detailed analysis and planning work required to give effect to the “Transformational Plan”, the City of Greater Geelong has asked Elms Partners to assist with the preparation of this application for the grant of a small slice of Crown Land to be excised from the Eastern Gardens water front edge in Geelong. “

Lawrence Elms

Chairman and founder, Elms Partners


This rare universal support has been achieved because the basis of the Transformational Plan creates an outstanding, fully funded, community benefit that includes;

• A world-class arena with convention and exhibition facilities,

• Substantial improvements and beautification of the Eastern Gardens,

• A hotel and serviced apartments, together with the generality of the plan to underpin and support increased Geelong and regional tourism,

• A highly desirable water front lifestyle precinct, including an increased number of marina berths that capitalizes on Geelong’s northerly facing Corio Bay frontage, and

• An express water taxi service that connects Geelong to Avalon, Melbourne and Frankston.

In combination, the sum of all the component parts of the Transformational Plan contributes to the economic, environmental and social sustainability of Geelong and the Region.




The Transformational Plan has been developed with the objective of substantially contributing to Geelong’s economic prosperity and desirability through the catalyst of a comprehensive development thesis, the sum of which will transform Geelong and the wider Bellarine by including;

01:: Financial structuring, strategy and detailed analysis that integrates with the optimum master plan, and defines a complete build programme achievable at no cost to the public purse.

– A world class cultural and business landmark – the East Shore Centre to be retained as public property with an estimated net surplus in excess of $7.5 million per annum.

– Significantly enhanced public spaces including a privately owned and operated world- class hotel and serviced apartments,

– Privately owned shoreline residential apartments constructed on piers extending into the shallow water of Corio Bay

02:: Employment and flow-on business creation within the development project that ensures economically sustainable development.

03:: Differentiation of Geelong’s distinct character from Melbourne as a welcome lifestyle alternative.

04:: Iconic architecture that positions Geelong as a desirable destination in which to work|play|stay|live. G




High level analysis of the economic impact focuses on the macroeconomic, flow-on effects of introducing more income into the local economy from external sources. Internal regional cash flows into the project (endogenous) are a substitution of local spending from one locus to another.

However, increased external (exogenous) spend will add to the pool of local wealth.

The Impact of Construction

· The total project cost is currently estimated at A$725,000,000

· The estimated number of jobs created during the construction phase is 830 of which 500 are local

· The estimated number of jobs created during the operational phase is direct employment 550 and indirect employment 800

· Over the construction period of approximately four years, we estimate the direct injection of funds into the economy from external sources to be roughly A$450,000,000.

· The estimated annual economic impact during the operational phase is $86,600,000


We intend to uncover the value inherent in the site to attract private investment on a scale that will pay for the entire development including the landmark East Shore Centre.

The East Shore Centre and all of its economic and social benefits will be a gift to the people of Geelong, and in addition they will have access to an exciting and vital new hub for the city.

Our plan includes landscaping the shoreline park areas, and providing a promenade that houses vibrant cafes, bars, and restaurants. This too will become a major asset to the city at no cost to the ratepayer.


01:: Transformation of the waterfront adding a vibrant new dimension to the city’s character.

– State of the art infrastructure with an emphasis on a waterfront lifestyle and leisure precinct to match the best in the world.

– Public parks devised around the principals of genius loci, including public space features, sculptures and art.

02:: An iconic venue to host entertainment, business and education events.

03:: A “zero” cost to government on the basis of our plan and yet it is a major economic stimulus and jobs creator.

04:: An increased sense of city pride.



01:: Contemporary landmarks and World-Class Hotel

02:: Positive change in perceptions of Geelong

03:: Greater visibility of investment opportunities in Geelong

04:: More reasons to visit and stay in Geelong

05:: A greater experience in Geelong



01: The transformation of Crown Land achieving the required development approvals based on a coherent master plan creates land value conservatively estimated at $120,000,000 and as high as $140,000,000.

02:: We propose the realized value of the master planned buildable area will be invested in the necessary infrastructure, public place making, recreational facilities and the capital costs of The East Shore Event Centre.

03:: The East Shore Centre managed and operated efficiently will deliver an ongoing positive cash flow to the City. The significant residential and commercial components will also increase rate revenues to the City, however this plan does not assume or rely on any net increase in rate revenues.

Further development potential outside the water front precinct envisaged by the Transformational Plan could also be realised through capital raising financed by cash flow from the East Shore Centre.



Positioning Geelong as a waterfront lifestyle destination and events centre gives definable purpose to the downstream master plan ideas we have generated.

Elms Partners objectives are based on some key principals;

01:: Activating the Geelong waterfront to create an unmatched, purpose designed, culture and lifestyle precinct in Australia.

02:: Giving emphasis to the parkland by activating its edge and definition.

03:: Creating a place making architectural statement for the East Shore Events Centre.

04:: Aid the City’s efforts in attracting inward investment and further development.

05:: Creating a boulevard, anchored by the East Shore Events Centre and creating a vibrant retail and entertainment strip.



Lee Troop video message to Rory Wilson Auction Diners

On 25th October there was a Dinner (SOLD OUT) sponsored by Bellarine Estate Winery to conclude an online Auction of items donated and sponsored by local generous supporters of the Rory Wilson Future Fund.

The auction raised a considerable sum for donation to the Rory Wilson Future Fund.

Lee Troop's tracksuit Lee Troop's 2nd tracksuit

Lee Troop donated his treasured Sydney Games Uniform and recorded a heart-warming video [HERE] message to Rory and all attendees where he relates Rory’s influence on his career over some 35 years.
A must watch and listen to video from one of our world class sporting champions.

Click below to view video.


to the winning bidder for my 2000 Sydney Olympic Uniform but more importantly for contributing to the Rory Wilson Fundraising event.

As I stated in the video clip, the uniform is priceless to me and to be able to donate something of great personal value for this event is what is most important to me.

The uniform has no faults, has not been worn outside of the Olympic Games back in 2000, and was the uniform that all Australian athletes, who medalled and had the honour of standing on the medal dais, wore at those Olympics.

Again, my sincere congratulations and gratitude for enabling me to be part of this very special experience.

Cheers,     Lee Troop

The uniform was purchased at the Fundraising Dinner Auction, but the new owner has generously  re-donated the uniform back to the Rory Wilson fund who are auctioning it again on ebay and Gumtree here:

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2013 Bellarine 2050 Energy Security

2013 Bellarine 2050 “Energy Security” at Forum III

A 2013 program of the Committee for Bellarine.

Brendan McCartney / Senior Coach Bulldogs, was the introductory guest speaker at Forum 3 to be held at Suma Park, Bellarine Highway, Marcus Hill, on Friday 18th October, commencing 9.00am .

Brendan-McCartney at Bellarine2050

After Brendan’s inspirational speech the forum attendees were asked to form into adhoc groups to take part in some workshops that were to be formulated into ongoing programs for the benefit of all who live and work on the Bellarine Peninsula.

These workshops were closely monitored by the “master of ceremonies” to keep to a format of “How can we create positive outcomes for various areas of critical Food Water & Energy security issues?”

The first video to actively bring some ideas to the fore on “Energy Security” – More Soon.

Committee for Bellarine - Bellarine2050 Forum-3

Bellarine 2050 Our Place Our Future / Forum 3 Brendan McCartney

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2013 BELLARINE 2050 Forum 3,




We listened to one of the great leaders in AFL,

Brendan McCartney / Senior Coach Bulldogs.


This inspirational video clip from the Rising Star awards gives you a small insight into how a great leader thinks and engages his audience, as well as to the character of the person. His talk was extremely motivating to all who attended the 2013 Bellarine 2050 Forum 3.
Rising Star: McCartney steals the show Watch the Bulldogs coach’s stirring speech at the NAB AFL Rising Star award lunch

Brendan was the introductory guest speaker at Forum 3 to be held at Suma Park,

Bellarine Highway, Marcus Hill, on Friday 18th October, commencing 9.00am Rising Star: McCartney steals the show.

After Brendon’s inspirational speech the forum attendees were asked to form into adhoc groups to take part in some workshops that were to be formulated into ongoing programs for the benefit of all who live and work on the Bellarine Peninsula.

These workshops were closely monitored by the “master of ceremonies” to keep to a format of  

“How can we create positive outcomes for various areas of critical Food Water & Energy security issues?”

The first video to actively bring some ideas to the fore on “Energy Security” – More soon..

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BELLARINE 2050 Our Place Our Future / Forum 3

On 18th October, at Suma Park, the Committee for Bellarine will conduct the next and third of its
Bellarine 2050 Our Place Our Future forums, commencing 9.00 am
with guest speaker Brendan McCartney / Coach AFL Bulldogs, to be followed by a series of managed workshops, and lunch at 12.30pm with a keynote guest speaker.
The program focus will be on the key elements that define great leadership and in turn a level of confidence, within the community, for the future of The Bellarine, that the unwavering vision and skills of great leadership can provide.
In line with the previous two, this forum will attract those active community members with a genuine interest in the future of The Bellarine, along with an appropriate mix of local, State and Federal Government members and staff.
For further information, the outcomes from the previous two forums are available via the website along with further information of the Forum 3 program as it becomes available.
Suma Park Conference Centre & Homestead.
2135 Bellarine Hwy, Queenscliff VIC 3225, Australia
+61 3 5258 3507  ·

Economic growth and conservation – Garnaut reconciles


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Ross Garnaut warned against over-playing the dangers of economic growth damaging the ecosystems AAP/Julian Smith

Economist Ross Garnaut has warned against over-playing the dangers of economic growth damaging the ecosystems that are important to life.
Current patterns of economic growth had those effects, he said, but “economic growth is not inherently in conflict with conservation of the natural environment”.
Garnaut, who did much of the groundwork for Labor’s carbon pricing, was launching a booklet of essays titled “Placing global change on the Australian election agenda”.
It has been issued by Australia21, a non-profit group, chaired by a former secretary of the defence department, Paul Barratt, that promotes research on big issues.
The aim of the booklet is to “stimulate a constructive discussion between voters and political aspirants from all parties about the kind of Australia we will leave to our children in an increasingly hazardous, globalised and resource-constrained world”.
The essays have a heavy emphasis on climate change but also cover such topics as defence, the global financial future and the threat from chemical and antibiotic overuse.
Garnaut said that increases in material wellbeing (“economic growth”) derived from increases in population, in the amount of capital each worker used and in productivity.
While an inexorable increase in population was by definition in conflict with finite natural resources, experience showed that rising living standards reduced fertility, in a process that was stronger “than the edicts of imans as well as popes”.
Increases in capital per worker could be resource-saving or resource-using – and he suggested China would provide an example of the former, Garnaut said.
The same went for productivity growth which came from technological change – much technological improvement resulted in less pressure on natural systems per unit of economic value.
“When we see economic growth in this light, we do not need to make enemies of the whole of the developing world’s people as they seek higher standards of living.
“When we see economic growth in this light, we recognise that the important thing is to make sure that we put in place policies that encourage resource-conserving and discourage resource-using capital intensification and technological change”.
That was what Australia had done in a small but so far effective way with its carbon pricing and associated clean energy policies.
He conceded that the linking of the Australian price to the European Union from 2015 would probably lead to lower carbon prices for a while and diminished pressure for the use of carbon-conserving investments and technologies.
“However, the pressure of the carbon pricing causes firms to consider the likelihood that European prices will rise in future, and to think twice about the carbon intensity of future output from investments that they are making now”.
In a shot at the opposition, which is pledged to remove the carbon tax, Garnaut said: “To expect Australians to put the welfare of future Australians near the top of their priorities may be too much to ask as we live through what I hope are the later days of the great Australian complacency.
“But surely it is not too much to expect that we will not make things worse, by retreating on the modest steps forward that we have made in addressing one of the great challenges facing our people”.
In the preface to the booklet Barratt and editor Bob Douglas, former director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at ANU, have framed a dozen sets of questions that they hope “become part of the political discourse in the lead up to the election of our next government”.
If you want to grill your local candidates during this election, here are some of the questions. (Good luck with them.)
GREENHOUSE GASES. Do you believe we should radically curtail energy production from fossil fuels? If so, over what timeframe? Should we also curtail our mining and export of fossil fuels to other countries?
ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT AND GROWTH. Do we need to develop a more “steady state” approach to economic management, in which we can maintain full employment without rapid growth in the demands placed upon our resources and the biosphere?
DEFENCE POLICY. Are we spending enough on defence for the Australian Defence Force to be able to meet your expectations? Are you concerned about the prospect of strategic competition emerging between China and the US, and how should Australia respond?
FOOD FOR OUR FUTURE. What are the prospects of Australia feeding itself in the context of rising temperatures, declining extent and health of croplands, and rising food prices and international famine?
OUR DEPENDENCY ON OIL Should the government adopt policies to ensure we have specified stock levels of fuels and lubricants in-country?
PROSPECTS FOR THE GLOBAL ECONOMY What is the likelihood of another global financial crisis? What should we do to prepare for such an eventuality?
PROTECTION AGAINST TOXINS AND ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE. What role should government play in protecting the community against exposure to toxins and deterioration in antibiotic sensitivity?
THE VALUATION OF SERVICES PROVIDED BY ECOSYSTEMS. Should we include in our evaluation of proposed developments or changed land use the economic value of the services provided by local ecosystems to human communities and to industry?
ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINTS AND EQUITY. How can we reduce our per capita footprint in a way that both assists developing countries and makes limited resources more equitably available to all Australians?
ENVIRONMENTAL REFUGEES. How should we best integrate provision for refugees from the results of climate change into our immigration policy?
DOMESTIC TRAVEL. Do you think that the rising demand for rapid movement between our major cities can be met into the indefinite future by increasing civil aviation capacity?
RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF THE COMING GENERATION. Is Australia preparing its younger population adequately for the likely risks ahead as climate change and resource scarcity challenge the conventional wisdom of endless economic growth?

The global youth unemployment crisis … our responsibility ???

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By Tyler Falk | May 8, 2013, 2:01 PM PDT



The job market for young workers around the world is bad and it could be this way for years to come.

That’s the word from the UN International Labour Organization today in a new report. The jobless rate for youth between 15 and 24 is estimated at 12.6 percent for 2013, meaning about 73 million young people are out of work.

With a weaker global economic recovery this year and last, youth are struggling to find work. The job search is so prolonged that many are giving up on their search for steady work.

“Increasing numbers of youth are now turning to available part?time jobs or find themselves stuck in temporary employment. Secure jobs, which were once the norm for previous generations – at least in the advanced economies – have become less easily accessible for today’s youth,” the report said.

In the developing world — where 90 percent of the world’s youth live — that means much of the work is done in the informal economy. In countries like Cambodia and Peru 80 percent of youth employment is in the informal economy and two-thirds of working youth are poorly compensated.

It’s relatively better in the developed world, but youth employment is hurting there too. In developed economies and the European Union the youth unemployment rate is not expected to drop below 17 percent before 2016. It’s currently near 25 percent.

Here’s how the youth unemployment has looked, regionally, since 2007:


Sara Elder, co-author of the report, explains the cyclical natural of youth unemployment in a statement: “The fewer young people in decent and productive work, the less economic growth there is; the less employment growth there is, the fewer the opportunities to get youth into productive work.”

Read the full report and ILO’s suggestions for improving the situation.—dgreports/—dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_212423.pdf