The Partnership engages with the Goulburn 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.
|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.
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.
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.