The Partnership engages with the Gippsland community throughout the year and takes our region’s priorities annually to the Victorian Government, through a meeting with the Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee.
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.
In 2017, the Partnership, for the first time, published the priorities it took to the Victorian Government.
You can find the Partnership’s 2017 priorities below.
|Theme||Regional Partnership Priority|
|Connectivity||Transport network and digital technologies are current and well-functioning to meet the needs of Gippsland's people.|
|Energy and Resources
||Securing Victoria's future resource needs and uses while also considering new energy technologies.|
|Family and Community Wellbeing
||Ensuring Gippsland’s people meet the health and wellbeing standards of the average Australian.|
|Food and Fibre
||Positioning Gippsland as open for business for Agriculture investment and as a leader in food and fibre technology.|
|Skills and Education
||Gippslanders have increased aspiration and improved infrastructure to participate and succeed in education at all levels.|
|Visitor Economy and Tourism
||Boosting the Gippsland tourism industry and increasing visitors to our unique region.
|New Jobs and Industry
||To improve employment opportunities in our region.|
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.
Gippsland Partnership priorities supported in the Victorian Government Budget 2018/19 include:
- $35.5 million to redevelop Federation Training Morwell, including a Future Skills Training Centre and a Technical Training Centre of Excellence
- $25 million for Federation Training’s Port of Sale Development to consolidate its services in Sale into a new Educational Community and Industry Hub
- $0.7 million to establish a food and fibre taskforce to drive the development of the Gippsland Agriculture Agenda in the food and fibre sectors
- $115 million to expand the Wonthaggi Hospital Emergency Department.
Gippsland Regional Partnership Chair, Maree McPherson shares her thoughts on the 2018/19 Victorian State Budget announcements.