Voices of GROW

BTS inspiring change

As a reasonably small business, with a strong vision and focus on supporting the local community, BTS-Business Technology Specialists joined GROW knowing their commitment aligned strongly with GROW principles. However, on providing expenditure data to GROW and receiving their individual dashboard, Stan Corner (CEO) was surprised to find how much  leakage of spend had occurred...

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Procurement Analysis – 2018 financial year

Following the GROW report card, we took some time to further analyse the procurement data provided by Compact Signatories. The attached report looks at key trends, spend flows in to the G21 region and also down to suburb level, as well as digging a little further in to spend that is occurring outside of the...

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Reporting on Compact Action Plans

For the first time at the recent 2019 GROW Report Card Event, collective progress against the Compact Action Plans of GROW signatory’s was able to be reported. Of 110 Compact Signatories, 72 have developed compact action plans. These bespoke plans have been co-designed with signatories to deliver, monitor and report on their collective action. Over...

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GeelongSafe – GROW collective action

In 2018, the City of Greater Geelong initiated a unique program to improve occupational health and safety, called GeelongSafe. This included the funding of five traineeships hosted by GROW Compact signatories – Corio Waste Management; City of Greater Geelong; Aus Pits; WorkSafe and Epworth Geelong. In line with the GROW objectives of supporting employment for...

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2019 GROW Report Card #3

On Thursday, 2 May, GROW signatories and partners met at the presentation of 2019 GROW Report Card, held at the new Baptcare Coasthaven Community. This beautiful facility is providing significant local employment and high quality aged care support for 3214 residents. Bill Mithen, CEO of backbone organisation the Give Where You Live Foundation delivered the GROW Report Card...

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Data Snapshots

Snapshots of the latest census data has been compiled for GROW target communities: Corio, Norlane, Whittington and Colac. Did you know that in some areas 27% of households don’t have access to the internet? Or that youth unemployment rates can be as high as 75%? Or that rental stress is significantly higher in some suburbs...

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What are the principles of GROW?

The GROW initiative is tackling barriers to employment by convening a regional approach, bringing together business, government and community. By working collaboratively to change everyday business practices, the GROW initiative aims to drive inclusive growth and create sustainable and sustaining jobs for people from Norlane, Corio, Whittington and parts of Colac. You can find out...

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What job seekers are telling us

In partnership with local Jobs Victoria programs, Jobs Victoria Colac, Whittington Works Alliances, Whitelion and Northern Futures, action research was undertaken with long-term job seekers from Norlane, Corio, Whittington and Colac. The aim of this research was to hear directly from those who have experienced barriers to getting and keeping a job. You can also...

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