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Our region
Our Regional Partnership: bringing you up to date
Our Regional Partnership: latest news
Our Regional Partnership members
Have your say
Our Regional Partnership Priorities
Budget 2018/19 outcomes

Our region 

From Melbourne’s northern growth corridor to the Murray River, the Goulburn Region is renowned for its fertile soils, a mild climate, good water resources and growth opportunities for population and business. 

Often described as the “food bowl of Australia”, agriculture underpins the economy here, followed closely by manufacturing and health care and social assistance.  

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

Our region includes:

  • Five municipalities (City of Greater Shepparton, Mitchell Shire, Moira Shire, Murrindindi Shire, Strathbogie Shire);
  • A Gross Regional Product of $6.5 billion;
  • Annual Economic Growth of 0.2%;
  • 10% of regional Victoria's jobs;
  • A Year 12 retention rate 5-10% below the state average;
  • 24% projected population increase in Goulburn between 2011 and 2031;
  • 116% projected population increase in the Mitchell Shire between 2011 and 2031.

Map of the Goulburn partnership region

Our Regional Partnership: bringing you up to date

The Goulburn Regional Partnership is one of nine Partnerships across the state. They were established by the Victorian Government, recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.

We started work in 2016 and held our first Regional Assembly in Shepparton in December 2016.  Following this, we presented the priorities which came from our first Assembly to Government.  

Our priorities covered areas including agriculture, economic development, peri-urban growth, connectivity, children and young people, and health and wellbeing.

The 2017/ 18 Victorian Budget brought outcomes for the Goulburn region including:

  • $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, and
  • 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

We held our second Regional Assembly in Seymour in August 2017.


The Partnership has since taken the learnings from our 2017 Assembly and distilled these into priorities to present to Government.

Our 2017 Regional Priorities can be found here.

Partnership newsletter

Goulburn Regional Partnership newsletter - April 2018

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.

Peter GrayRegional 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 Caples - Lead Scientist - Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

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.

Craig Lloyd Craig Lloyd – CEO, Murrindindi Shire Council

Craig Lloyd joined Murrindindi Shire Council as CEO in January 2018.  He has extensive experience in the public sector, including roles with state and local government, emergency services and not-for-profit organisations; and was previously the Director of Presentation and Assets with the City of Greater Bendigo. 

He holds a Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Project Management and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Community Development and is passionate about working with, and for, communities, driving quality service delivery and leading a passionate and engaged workforce.

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.

Have your say

Our Goulburn Regional Partnership engage page is the place to go to let us hear your views or to contact the Partnership.


Goulburn Regional Partnership 2017 Priorities

Ensure a sustainable future for agriculture by promoting climate change adaptation, providing surety in land use planning for agricultural development, and encouraging agri-investment.
Continue to strengthen and diversify the economy by activating key locations and sectors for investment, improving pathways into education and employment, and ensuring that our roads and public transport system meet current and future needs.

Improve connectivity through continued advocacy for the rail network, identifying the economic and social impacts of gaps in regional transport networks, and improving digital uptake and inclusion.
Support the peri urban growth corridor by revitalising key locations and developing a pipeline of strategic regional infrastructure to support investment.
Support children and young people by actively engaging with young people, advocating for place-based collective impact approaches, ensuring that the youth service system is as accessible and seamless as possible, and encouraging youth entrepreneurship.
Ensure a healthy and engaged population through region-wide health and wellbeing planning, increasing access to creative and artistic activities and supporting initiatives to improve the obesity health status.

Goulburn Partnership priorities supported in the Victorian Government Budget 2018/19 include:

  • $312.9 million for upgrades to the Shepparton rail line that will allow modern VLocity trains to operate to and from Shepparton for the first time, offer faster journey times and improve the amenity and reliability of services. Funding is also provided for a business case to finalise the scope and costs of Stage 3 to deliver up to nine return services a day.
  • $23 million for the Munarra Centre for Regional Excellence, a state-of-the-art educational, sporting, cultural and community centre for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people to be based on Yorta Yorta country in Shepparton
  • $0.4 million for a masterplan for Barmah National Park, focusing on business opportunities for Yorta Yorta Traditional Owners
  • $0.3 million to develop a renewable energy strategy for the Hume region
  • $0.2 million to develop a strategy to increase employment and business opportunities for Aboriginal people in natural resource management
  • Funding for an additional inter-peak weekday train service to Seymour.

Click here to download the Goulburn Regional Partnership 2018/19 Budget Fact Sheet for more information. (PDF 478.4 KB)

Find out more about the Victorian Budget 2018/19 outcomes for Victoria's regions


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Last Updated: 14 August 2018