The Great South Coast Regional Partnership is one of nine Partnerships across the state, established by the Victorian Government, recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.
Our region in south-west Victoria extends from the iconic Shipwreck Coast to the South Australian border.
Each year the region attracts thousands of visitors who come to enjoy its spectacular coastline and stunning natural scenery – the Great Ocean Road and the Twelve Apostles are among the world-famous attractions. The region is also home to internationally recognised areas of indigenous significance, including Budj Bim, near Heywood, and Tower Hill, just outside Warrnambool.
As well as a growing tourism industry, the agricultural and fishing sectors underpin local economies, while the region is also home to one of Australia’s premier deep water ports at Portland.
Our region includes:
- Five municipalities (Corangamite Shire, Glenelg Shire, Moyne Shire, Southern Grampians Shire, City of Warrnambool);
- A Gross Regional Product of $5.8 billion;
- A population of 100,400;
- Over 11,000 businesses.
Since our establishment in 2016, the Great South Coast Regional Partnership has been active consulting and engaging with thousands of people living and working in our community, including through annual Regional Assemblies.As a result of our consultations and what we hear, we present annually on our region’s priorities to the Victorian Government’s Rural and Regional Ministerial Committee and have had a number of these priorities supported by Government in successive Budgets.As a result, we have seen a number of Partnership-championed projects get off the ground.
However, the Partnership is about more than winning funding at Budget time.
We have been active in bringing different groups and different levels and parts of Government together in our region, in getting people talking and listening, and in providing Governments with insight into how we can better design policy so it fits the needs and expectations of our communities.