Our Partnership has a range of priorities it is championing. Some of these have led to new initiatives in our region.
Read about some of these projects below.
Agriculture is, without a doubt, a major industry in our region.
Home to nationally significant agricultural land and fertile soils, agriculture in the Goulburn region accounts for nine percent of regional Victoria’s Gross Regional Product and is worth $6.5 billion annually.
The Goulburn Regional Partnership is partnering with Agriculture Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), and climate change and policy specialists, to support the Goulburn region to develop world’s best practice agriculture and climate change thinking through the application of climate change R&D on farm.
The Partnership was successful in receiving funding to undertake a detailed analysis of the operating environment in the Goulburn region, to inform further policy development.
The project – which got underway earlier this year – is examining the situation of climate change in Goulburn with a particular focus on agriculture and uptake of leading climate change research and development, identifying gaps and opportunities, and facilitating and encouraging practice change at the producer level and along the supply chain.
Under current predictions, the Goulburn region can expect more days of extreme heat in the future, along with harsher fire weather, less rainfall and more frequent and heavy downpours. The impacts of climate change are already being felt in the region, including lower annual pasture growth, winter chill affecting fruit and nut trees and compressed vintages in vineyards.
Identifying and supporting place-based programs that are improving support to vulnerable young people and their families, and keeping young people engaged, was a top priority for the Goulburn Regional Partnership when it presented to the Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee in February 2017, following the region’s first Assembly.
In May 2017, the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project received $3 million in the State Budget.
The Lighthouse Project is a place-based initiative that aims to support the wellbeing of, and outcomes for, young people in the City of Greater Shepparton. The Project has 340 volunteers and 20 business partners committed to a 20-year plan to improve education and other outcomes for the area’s young people; and engages with parents, young people, residents, community leaders, government, funders, thought leaders and academics.
The Project includes mapping existing services, promoting integrated service delivery and growing the community’s aspiration to bring about lasting change so that more children are ready for school, transition successfully to secondary school, are healthy and happy in their teens, complete Year 12, and transition to work or further study.
Funding from the Victorian Government means more support for children in the region to be school-ready, resilient, healthy and happy, explains David McKenzie, Goulburn Partnership Chair.
For more information about the Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project and its initiatives, click here.
Following discussions at our Partnership’s 2017 Regional Assembly in Seymour, the Goulburn Regional Partnership put revitalising the town high on its priority agenda.
And in October 2018, the Victorian Government agreed, committing almost $1 million to the new Seymour Revitalisation Initiative (SRI), which will see a whole of Government approach to unlocking the town’s potential and ensuring it is best placed for the future.
The funding includes $300,000 for investment logic mapping and the creation of a business case to guide public and private investment to support business growth, tourism activation and employment opportunities in the town, as well as to find solutions to addressing multi-generational disadvantage.
There’s also $500,000 to upgrade facilities at some of Seymour’s most utilised community facilities, with works already underway on upgrades to Kings Park, Goulburn Park and Chittick Park.
The projects include a refurbishment of the change facilities, toilets and kitchen in the main pavilion at Kings Park and replacing the lighting in the neighbouring green exhibition building. Goulburn Park will receive upgrades to the toilets, playground and landscaping, to further enhance the installation of the new fishing platform on the river, while Chittick Park will see landscaping and amenity improvements and the creation of a new space for youth activities, including a basketball half-court, as well as the installation of air conditioning units in the stadium, benefitting the many sports teams who use the facility.
There is also funding for a feasibility study to progress linking Seymour to Tallarook as part of the Great Victorian Rail Trail, and funding for a networking event in the coming months bringing together local businesses with prospective purchasers of local tourism, food and wine products and services.
This all-of-Government focus on Seymour is great news for the town and the region,” explains Goulburn Regional Partnership Chair David McKenzie. “Seymour has the potential to become a much stronger economic and tourism hub, being both well connected and with affordable housing. The Partnership is looking forward to working with local business and Government to continue to focus on building Seymour’s capacity for the future.”