The Partnership engages with the Central Highlands 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.
Central Highlands Partnership priorities supported in the Victorian Government Budget 2018/19 include:
- $0.5 million to build and activate the Prevention Lab brand, a community-based project to encourage healthy eating and exercise
- $0.3 million for a Housing First Response pilot feasibility study to identify locally-appropriate responses to homelessness in the Central Highlands
- $130 million for rail infrastructure upgrades from Maryborough and Ararat to Ballarat
- $0.55 million for a workforce planning project to address skill development, housing and transport connections currently impacting the Ararat, Pyrenees and Northern Grampians Shires
- $32 million for the water security for East Grampians project, building 1600km of pipeline to provide a secure water supply to 530,000 hectares of unserviced land
- $0.05 million towards developing a hub for premium produce in the region.