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Goulburn Regional Partnership

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From Melbourne’s northern growth corridor to the Murray River, the Goulburn Regional Partnership area is renowned for fertile soils, a mild climate and good water resources.

Often described as the ‘food bowl of Australia’, agriculture underpins the economy here.  

Shepparton, the largest city in region, is the primary location for health, cultural and higher education services.  It, along with other towns including Mooroopna and Yarrawonga, has a culturally diverse population, including a large Indigenous population.  

Capitalising on the region’s significant food industry capabilities, improving education and employment opportunities for young people and indigenous people, ongoing support for communities recovering from the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires and managing the impacts of industries in transition, are likely some of the things tackled by the Goulburn Regional Partnership.  

Local Government Areas:

Email the Goulburn Regional Partnership

2017/18 Victorian Budget outcomes for Goulburn

State-wide Budget Investments benefiting regions:

Regional Victoria will share in a range of significant state-wide investments that address a range of Regional Partnership priorities including:

  • $29 million for priority initiatives by the Partnerships, as well as funding to enable more comprehensive engagement in each region and to undertake further development of regional priorities.
  • $45 million to the Connecting Regional Communities Program to support digital initiatives such as broadband trials, digital agricultural applications and blackspot minimisation.
  • $1.45 billion for upgrades to regional rail infrastructure across the state.
  • 25% reduction in the payroll tax rate for regional businesses – expected to benefit 4,000 businesses.    
  • $50 million to double the First Home Owner Grant to $20 000 for new homes in regional areas.
  • $1.7 million to re-establish the Victorian Rural Women’s Network (RWN) to promote women’s economic participation and professional development.

Goulburn Regional Partnership highlights include:

  • $43.5 million for additional rail services between Shepparton and Seymour
  • $10.2 million for the Shepparton bypass offering better east west connections
  • Funding to unlock agriculture productivity within the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District
  • Funding to establish the Munarra Centre of Regional Excellence in the Goulburn Murray, a state of the art indigenous, sporting, cultural and education precinct.

Find out more about the Victorian Budget 2017/18 outcomes for Victoria's regions


Who are the Goulburn Regional Partnership members?

David McKenzie

David McKenzie – Chair

David McKenzie is Chair of North East Water. He is a Director of the Opteon Property Group and specialises in the valuation of agricultural assets and water entitlements. David was a member of the External Advisory Board for the Regional Economic Development and Services Review. He has a long history of community involvement and is a tireless advocate for healthy, engaged and equitable regional communities.

Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller – Deputy Chair

Suzanne Miller is Chief Executive Officer of Nexus Primary Health. She has been involved in managing regional primary health services for over a decade and has a particular interest in the health benefits associated with strong connections to the natural environment.  She holds a Master in Public Health and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Suzanne is a passionate advocate for equity of service access to people living in the region.

Paul Briggs

Paul Briggs OAM

Paul Briggs OAM is a Yorta Yorta man with a wealth of experience in community development.  He is founding Chair of the Kaiela Institute and First Nations Foundation, as well as convener of the Algabonyah Community Cabinet. Paul has led numerous community organisations and played a key role in the establishment of many critical institutions. Paul was the first Indigenous man to join the Council of the University of Melbourne and was appointed as inaugural Chair of the Australian Football League's national Indigenous Advisory Board in 2015. Paul has been at the forefront of Aboriginal peoples’ rights and advancement since the early 1970s.

Paul Culpan

Paul Culpan

Paul Culpan is Chief Executive Officer of Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE) and holds a Master in Education (Leadership). He also has multinational private sector marketing experience in food and pharmaceutical industries. Paul is passionate about improving education outcomes in regional areas as well as enabling local communities to be innovative and entrepreneurial, as a way of creating their own unique market positioning and increasing employment opportunities for young and mature age people.

Peter Hall

Peter Hall operates a fruit production business in Tatura and is Chair of the Goulburn Valley Fruit Fly Task Force. He also has experience as a lecturer at the Melbourne University Dookie campus. Peter is passionate about the Goulburn Valley's people and resources fulfilling their potential to produce world class produce for Australia and beyond, and in connecting unemployed youth with the dignity found in work.

Jamie Lea

Jamie Lea is a young leader and who is active in community arts and events in and around the Goulburn Valley. She holds a Diploma of Event Management and an Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Business). While raising a young family in Shepparton with her husband Allan, Jamie continues to work with young people and the wider community to promote positive change and a safe, accepting and supportive community for all.

Sally McDonald

Sally Macdonald

Sally Macdonald has experience in communications, policy development and disaster recovery. She has held a number of directorships with community based, not for profit organisations. Sally is passionate about growing the region's economic diversity and nurturing opportunities for small business growth.

Regional Development Australia representative

Peter Gray
Peter Gray is a certified practicing accountant, Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate and Director of the Goulburn Murray AgCare and the Committee for Greater Shepparton. He is a member of the Regional Development Australia Hume Committee.  Peter’s special interest is for agriculture to play a dynamic role in the future of our regional communities.

Victorian Government representative:

Amanda Cattermole - Deputy Secretary, Community Services Programs & Design - Department of Health and Human Services

Local government CEOs

David Turnbull David Turnbull – CEO, Mitchell Shire Council

David Turnbull became Mitchell Shire Council’s new CEO on 23 May 2016, after 9 years as CEO at City of Whittlesea and 12 years as Director Planning and Development. David is an accomplished, dedicated local government CEO with a 38 year career in local government. His entire career has been with Interface municipalities undergoing significant change and growth, combined with the challenge of maintaining township, rural and green wedge qualities.  David is committed to providing quality services to the community through strong engagement, innovation and astute financial management and to leading a strong and motivated staff.

Margaret Abbey Margaret Abbey – CEO, Murrindindi Shire Council

Margaret Abbey has been Chief Executive Officer of Murrindindi Shire Council for the past six years and held leadership roles in peri urban and interface Councils around Melbourne for the past three decades.  She has graduate qualifications in management and post graduate qualifications in town planning.  Margaret is a passionate advocate for the role of local government in the health and wellbeing of rural and regional communities.  Her personal interests have led to her undertaking leadership roles with both local service providers for adults with a disability and an internationally based arts organisation.

Steve Crawcour Steve Crawcour – CEO, Strathbogie Shire Council

Steve Crawcour has been the Chief Executive Officer / Acting Chief Executive Officer for Strathbogie since 2010. Steve has almost 30 years’ experience in Local Government Councils in Victoria including the City of Springvale (now Greater Dandenong), City of Warrnambool and Brimbank City Council.

Mark Henderson

Mark Henderson – CEO, Moira Shire Council

Mark Henderson is a seasoned Council CEO having worked in that role in 3 states over many years. Whilst specializing in managing regional cities, Mark has close connections to the Murray River which has seen him recently return to north east Victoria where he has cattle farming interests. Mark is married, with 3 adult children and enjoys fishing and horse riding. Mark is a former LG Pro Board member and his community involvement includes board memberships in health, tourism, education, service clubs and alpine resorts. Mark holds a Bachelor of Business, is a member of the AICD and a local government fellow.

Peter Harriott

Peter Harriott – CEO, City of Greater Shepparton

Peter Harriott is Chief Executive Officer of Greater Shepparton City Council and commenced in this position at the beginning of 2016.  Previous to this he was CEO of Wattle Range Council SA from 2013-2016 and prior to that a Director at Greater Shepparton for twelve years.  Peter has worked mostly throughout Victoria in Local Government over the past 30 years. Peter’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Masters of Business Administration, Building Surveyor Certificate, Engineer for Water Supply Certificate and a Municipal Engineers Certificate.


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Last Updated: 08 August 2017