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Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership

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The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership in central Victoria covers an area with a diverse population and a buoyant economy based on agriculture, retail, health, property and manufacturing.  But there are also pockets of socio-economic disadvantage.

Bendigo, one of Victoria’s largest and fastest growing regional cities, lies in the heart of the region and is a prosperous and vibrant hub of cultural and economic activity.  Many migrant and refugee communities have settled nearby.

Improving productivity and job creation, while continuing to support farmers dealing with the impact of climate change, further embracing cultural diversity and boosting health and education outcomes, will be some of the items on the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership agenda.

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2017/18 Victorian Budget outcomes for Loddon Campaspe

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.

Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership highlights include:

  • $91 million for the Bendigo and Echuca line upgrades to run faster trains, an extra daily service to Echuca, and deliver Bendigo Metro Stage 2 with more services to Epsom and Eaglehawk
  • Funding to plan for a third Gov Hub in Bendigo

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

Regional Assembly snapshot

The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership will hold their second Regional Assembly on Thursday 17 August in Bendigo.

The evening will see community come together to discuss the priorities for their region alongside representatives from government, local business and industry.



Who are the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership members?

Nigel McGuckian

Nigel McGuckian – Chair

Nigel McGuckian has extensive experience in management consulting throughout rural Australia.  Nigel is on boards, including Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises, Bendigo Orienteers, Otis Foundation and chairs advisory boards for large scale family farms. Nigel strives to achieve prosperity in rural communities.

Marnie Baker

Marnie Baker - Deputy Chair

Marnie Baker is the Chief Customer Officer for Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. A professional and motivated executive, Marnie is passionate about the role communities play in the economic and social fabric of Australia and brings extensive commercial, technical and strategic experience from her 28 years in the financial services sector.

Kate Burke

Dr Kate Burke

Dr Kate Burke runs Think Agri, which provides strategies for profitable and sustainable farm businesses and agricultural investments.  As a country kid with a PhD, Kate is passionate about opportunities for regional youth and enjoys promoting agriculture as a career path and life in the regions.

Rodney Carter

Rodney Carter

Rodney Carter is the Group Chief Executive Officer for Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises Pty Ltd. He has been a member of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council since its inception.  He is a local traditional owner with deep cultural connections to much of the region.  Rodney is enthusiastic about expanding the tourism offering of our region to support skills and opportunities for our communities to participate.

Robyn Lindsay Robyn Lindsay

Robyn Lindsay is Executive Director (Acute Health) at Bendigo Health.  She holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Masters in Health Sciences. Robyn has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.  Robyn has extensive experience in health service provision and planning and is actively involved in preparing for the opening of the new Bendigo Hospital.

David Richardson

David Richardson

David Richardson is Manager of Regional Partnerships for Deakin University in Bendigo, engaging with industry, local government and the community. He holds a MBA and involved in a number of boards spanning business, water, the arts and higher education. David is passionate about economic development opportunities that help build resilient regional communities.

Margot Spalding

Margot Spalding

Margot Spalding is a highly experienced business woman having founded and managed internationally successful furniture and homewares business, Jimmy Possum.  She is an energetic and entrepreneurial thinker.  Margot led the ‘Believe in Bendigo’ campaign as a positive and inclusive response to anti-mosque protest movement.

Richard Speed

Prof Richard Speed

Prof Richard Speed is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Regional) at La Trobe University.  Richard is committed to increasing higher education aspiration, participation and success in regional Victoria.   He currently serves as a Director with the Bendigo Business Council.

Carolyn Wallace

Carolyn Wallace

Carolyn Wallace is the Regional Director of Anglicare Victoria in Loddon Mallee. Carolyn brings extensive experience from her past positions in local government and community services. She has experience in managing partnerships of diverse stakeholders.  She holds a Master in Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne.


Regional Development Australia representative

Linda Beilharz OAM
Linda Beilharz OAM is the current chair of the Loddon Mallee Regional Development Australia Committee.  Linda has extensive regional experience in community development and health promotion through previous employment at St Luke’s and Women’s Health Loddon Mallee. Linda chairs several other groups and has interests in the outdoors and aviation.

Victorian Government representative

To be advised

Local government CEOs

Jason Russell
Jason Russell – CEO, Campaspe Shire Council

Jason Russell is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Shire of Campaspe and has worked in local government for 7 years, most recently as CEO at Gannawarra Shire Council.  Jason spent four years working closely with 10 Victorian and NSW Councils along the Murray River as the Executive Officer for a federally funded regional development body. Prior to this Jason had more than 12 years in the funds management industry.  Currently Jason is a Director of Murray Regional Tourism and a member of the Executive for Rural Councils Victoria.

Mark Johnston
Mark Johnston – CEO, Central Goldfields Shire Council

Mark Johnston has held the role of CEO of Central Goldfields Shire since 1995 – initially overseeing the amalgamation process, and thereafter driving community and economic development. Holding a Bachelor of Business (Dist.) Mark is heavily involved in local and regional organisations with his experience extending to sporting; education/training; and development bodies.

Peter Johnston

Peter Johnston – CEO, Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Peter has worked in local government and for water authorities over the last 36 years. This has included five years as Shire Secretary/Chief Executive Officer with the former Shire of Romsey and Secretary of the Romsey/Lancefield Water Board, Corporate Services Manager with Western Water and Chief Executive Officer at Corangamite Shire Council. Peter joined Macedon Ranges Shire Council in January 2008.

Darren Fuzzard Darren Fuzzard – CEO, Mount Alexander Shire Council

Darren was recently appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Mount Alexander Shire following five years as Director – Presentation & Assets at the City of Greater Bendigo and five years as Director – Operations at Loddon Shire Council. Darren’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and prior to joining Local Government he spent 11 years in VicRoads working on large infrastructure projects and programs across regional Victoria and in Melbourne.

Craig Niemann Craig Niemann – CEO, City of Greater Bendigo

Phil Pinyon Phil Pinyon – CEO, Loddon Shire Council

Phil Pinyon has had an extensive Local Government career, holding varied positions in Councils across Australia in five states/territories.  Phil has served on a number of different boards and he is currently CEO of Loddon Shire Council. This broad experience, much of which has been in regional Australia, provides Phil with a unique perspective on matters relevant to his current role. Phil holds a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management and a MBA.


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Last Updated: 17 July 2017