Great South Coast Food and Fibre Plan officially launched13/12/2017
The Great South Coast Regional Partnership today welcomed the official launch of the Great South Coast Food and Fibre Plan which sets out a clear strategy for this crucial sector in the region.
The plan – funded by both state and Commonwealth Government through Regional Development Victoria and Regional Development Australia, and by local councils – is important for driving forward the food and fibre sector which is so important for our region, Great South Coast Regional Partnership Chair, Emily Lee-Ack, said.
The Partnership, one of nine across Victoria established by the Victorian Government in 2016, prioritised support for the Great South Coast Food and Fibre Council and key sector development strategies as identified in the GSC Food and Fibre Action Plan.
“The Partnership listened to what the community wanted and told Government,” says Ms Lee-Ack. “We are pleased that our work has assisted in amplifying the voice of many others who have advocated strongly for investment in food and fibre development in our region”.
“On 12 October, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews announced $500,000 for the GSC Food and Fibre Council – supporting one of the Partnership’s key priorities.
“We’re now looking forward to seeing some of the priority projects outlined in the strategy coming to fruition.”
The Great South Coast Regional Partnership – which ensures, through Regional Assemblies and ongoing consultation, that communities in Victoria’s south west have their voice heard at the heart of Government - is now in its second year.
As well as support for the GSC Food and Fibre Council, it has seen some of its other priority initiatives supported by the Victorian Government including $1 million for Beyond the Bell, a program that boosts educational attainment in the region. The region will also share in the $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program to support digital initiatives.