Regional Assemblies consolidate community priorities23/05/2017
The Victorian Government has recently allocated $29 million to meet specific priorities identified by Regional Partnerships, including projects in health, education, transport, housing and digital connectivity. Work continues with the state’s nine Regional Partnerships as they report back to government on their local priorities.
The Mallee Regional Assembly – the first for 2017 – was held with great success on 29 June in Swan Hill. Conversations are now in full swing as regional Victorians prepare for the remaining eight Regional Assemblies. Each will give people the chance to share their views on local matters and influence Victorian Government decisions about their region.
In 2016 the Victorian Government established nine Regional Partnerships to give communities a unique opportunity to contribute to the future of their region, particularly during annual Regional Assemblies.
Top priorities identified during the inaugural Regional Assemblies last year included greater investments in roads and rail, better digital connectivity, greater investment in tourism and improved early years programs.
As a way to help communities realise their priorities, the Victorian Budget provided funding for job-creating projects that include:
- Developing a business case for the Networked Centre for Grains Innovation in the Wimmera Southern Mallee to increase Western Victoria’s reputation as a centre for agricultural innovation
- Munarra Centre of Regional Excellence in the Goulburn Murray, to plan for a state of the art indigenous, sporting, cultural and education precinct
- Shipwreck Coast early works, for upgrades to this much-loved attraction
- Northeast cycling optimisation project, to increase cycling tourism potential
- Robinvale Community Hub, for the development of multipurpose facilities including a community library
- Swan Hill Riverfront Development, to revitalise the heart of Swan Hill
- Gippsland Destination Management Plan, to bring more tourism and more jobs to Gippsland
This year’s consultation period and Regional Assemblies will give every community a chance to build on the momentum already gained, discuss priorities in more detail, and share thoughts about other local opportunities and challenges across government portfolios.
Regional Partnerships operate in Barwon, Central Highlands, Gippsland, Goulburn, Great South Coast, Loddon Campaspe, Ovens Murray, Mallee and Wimmera Southern Mallee. Each continues to transform the way regional Victoria engages with government.
Following the success of the Mallee Regional Assembly, the second Regional Assembly for 2017 will convene on 27 July in Wodonga. It is important that local communities in the Ovens Murray region engage with the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership ahead of the event to make the most of the opportunity to have their say on the future of their region.
Dates and locations for forthcoming 2017 Regional Assemblies are:
- Ovens Murray – Wodonga 27 July
- Wimmera Southern Mallee – Horsham 2 August
- Gippsland – Sale 16 August
- Loddon Campaspe – Bendigo 17 August
- Goulburn – Seymour 30 August
- Central Highlands – Ballarat 31 August
- Barwon – Geelong 14 September
- Great South Coast – Portland 12 October