The Central Highlands Regional Partnership is one of nine Partnerships across the state, established by the Victorian Government, recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.
Our region spans the east-west transport corridor connecting Melbourne to western Victoria. The region’s bustling major centre, Ballarat, has the fastest growing population of any regional city in Victoria, while our region also takes in the Rural City of Ararat in the west, the mineral springs at Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh in the east and Bannockburn in the south.
Our region includes:
- Six municipalities (Ararat Rural City, City of Ballarat, Golden Plains Shire, Hepburn Shire, Moorabool Shire, Pyrenees Shire);
- A Gross Regional Product of $7.5 billion;
- A population of more than 186,500;
- 20 per cent of jobs in the accommodation, food service and retail trade industries.
Since our establishment in 2016, the Central Highlands Regional Partnership has been active consulting and engaging with thousands of people living and working in our community, including through annual Regional Assemblies.
As a result of our consultations and what we hear, we present annually on our region’s priorities to the Victorian Government’s Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee and have had a number of these priorities supported by Government in successive Budgets.
As a result, we have seen a number of Partnership-championed projects get off the ground.
However, the Partnership is about more than winning funding at Budget time.
We have been active in bringing different groups and different levels and parts of Government together in our region, in getting people talking and listening, and in providing Governments with insight into how we can better design policy so it fits the needs and expectations of our communities.