Nine new Regional Partnerships have been established by the Victorian Government across the State to give regional communities greater say about what matters to them and ensure their voices reach the heart of government.
Partnerships will significantly increase collaboration between communities, industry, businesses and government to address the most important challenges and opportunities in each region.
Each Regional Partnership is guided by a diverse group of members drawn from local communities, businesses and the three-tiers of government.
Members will engage with their communities on priorities for their region, building on existing strategies and plans - harnessing the good ideas, the energy and the passion of locals. Priorities will be presented directly to the Victorian Government’s Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee.
Regional Partnerships are the centrepiece of Victoria’s Regional Statement.
Each Regional Partnership will hold a Regional Assembly to bring together people from the community, industry and government to discuss and debate the region's top priorities.
Members of the community have an opportunity to help set the agenda for their local Assembly in the weeks leading up to the event.
Visit the Engage Regions website and select your region to share your thoughts and ideas with Regional Partnerships Members and other people who live or work in your region. If you prefer to provide feedback in person you can share your ideas with your Regional Partnerships members or visit or write to your local RDV office.
The 2017 schedule was as follows:
||Date of Assembly
||14 September 2017
||31 August 2017
||16 August 2017
||to be confirmed|
||30 August 2017
|Great South Coast
||3 August 2017
||to be confirmed|
||17 August 2017
||to be confirmed|
|Mallee||29 June 2017
||13 July 2017
|Wimmera Southern Mallee
||2 August 2017
Check back for further updates including the 2017 Regional Assemblies schedule.
Regional Partnership boundaries were mapped in consultation with local communities, bringing together areas with common interests.
As a result, the Partnerships are smaller than Regional Development Australia areas or Regional Development Victoria’s five administrative boundaries.
The nine Regional Partnerships are:
- Barwon - Colac Otway (Shire), Greater Geelong (City), Queenscliffe (Borough), Surf Coast (Shire)
- Central Highlands - Ararat (Rural City), Ballarat (City), Golden Plains (Shire), Hepburn (Shire), Moorabool (Shire), Pyrenees (Shire)
- Gippsland - Bass Coast (Shire), Baw Baw (Shire), East Gippsland (Shire), Latrobe (City), South Gippsland (Shire), Wellington (Shire)
- Goulburn - Greater Shepparton (City), Mitchell (Shire), Moira (Shire), Murrindindi (Shire), Strathbogie (Shire)
- Great South Coast - Corangamite (Shire), Glenelg (Shire), Moyne (Shire), Southern Grampians (Shire), Warrnambool (City)
- Loddon Campaspe - Campaspe (Shire), Central Goldfields (Shire), Greater Bendigo (City), Loddon (Shire), Macedon Ranges (Shire), Mount Alexander (Shire)
- Mallee - Buloke (Shire), Gannawarra (Shire), Mildura (City), Swan Hill (Rural City)
- Ovens Murray - Alpine (Shire), Benalla (City), Indigo (Shire), Mansfield (Shire), Towong (Shire), Wangaratta (Rural City), Wodonga (Rural City)
- Wimmera Southern Mallee - Hindmarsh (Shire), Horsham (Rural City), Northern Grampians (Shire), West Wimmera (Shire), Yarriambiack (Shire)
Each Regional Partnership is guided by around 15 members, including community and business people with diverse backgrounds and broad skills, local government CEOs, and one State Government deputy secretary.
The nine Regional Partnership Chairs will also come together to discuss cross-regional issues and opportunities as the Regional Development Advisory Committee.
Find out who your Regional Partnership members are: