The Partnership engages with the Barwon community throughout the year and takes our region’s priorities annually to the Victorian Government.
Over time, the Partnership has been able to refine the region’s priorities as it has consulted further.
In some cases, Government has responded to the priorities with funding for specific initiatives at Budget time or through the year.
But not all of our priorities require funding initiatives to get off the ground.
The Partnership recently completed an Outcomes Roadmap - a summary of the key outcomes the Partnership is striving to achieve, the actions and key projects the Partnership is focussing on, and what success will look like for the region. This is a living document and will be updated going forward.
One way in which our Partnership priorities can be realised is through the Budget process.
You can read about our 2018/19 Victorian Budget Outcomes below. These outcomes relate to 2017 priorities.
You can read about our previous Budget outcomes here.
Barwon Partnership priorities supported in the Victorian Government Budget 2018/19 include:
- $1.3 million for Project Runway, a collaborative pilot entrepreneurial ecosystem project led by Runway Geelong to grow industry and jobs and support scale-ups, innovation and research
- $1.6 million for Skilling the Bay to raise educational attainment levels and improve pathways to employment in the Geelong area
- Funding to expand the Geelong Project to four more government secondary schools to address student wellbeing, homelessness and disengagement
- $153.2 million for the Geelong City Deal, including funding towards implementation of the Shipwreck Coast Master Plan Stage 2, development of the Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre and the revitalisation of central Geelong
- A share of $25 million for continuation of the Community Crime Prevention Program to fund local crime prevention initiatives, develop positive promotion of local communities and promote positive results of local crime prevention projects
- $4.8 million to prepare the Barwon region for climate change with a focus on emergency management, maintenance and renewal of coastal infrastructure on public land, and landscape scale adaptation
- A share of $11 million for the Victorian Mobile Project Round 4, building on the Government’s existing commitment to remove mobile black spots in regional Victoria