The Partnership engages with the Mallee 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.
|Theme||Regional Partnership Priority|
|Access to Services||Ensure that the needs of rural communities are addressed in emerging policies|
|Promote collaboration between government, community and business to address cross-border issues|
|Provide access to funding for priority projects which will enhance community vitality and viability
|Improve support for place-based community development models across Government cycles|
||Prioritise rail infrastructure investments which will improve service frequency and network capacity
|Understand demand for sustained and improved public and community transport services, particularly in those areas that are poorly serviced
||Foster the right conditions for new, high value job creation in the Mallee by supporting research, development and training geared to the needs of key sectors
|Encourage business growth and diversification to strengthen the resilience of the regional economy|
|Liveability||Develop tourism products and a cohesive regional ‘brand identity’ to grow our visitor economy|
|Improve access to arts and cultural activities and facilities|
|Enable the region to explore its potential to act as a leader in the development and roll out of renewable energy|
|Invest in the community infrastructure of the region to support healthy and active lifestyles
||Improve regional and rural childcare services to support balanced life/work choices|
|Ensure that regional health services and facilities meet community needs|
|Provide services tailored to meet the needs of Aboriginal communities|
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.
Mallee Partnership priorities supported in the Victorian Government Budget 2018/19 include:
- $1.7 million to establish a Mallee Regional Innovation Centre to drive research, innovation and development in key sectors of renewables, engineering, agriculture, water management and sustainability
- $0.8 million to establish a Cross Border Commission to help streamline regulatory and licencing requirements, enable further economic growth and reduce barriers to accessing services in Victoria’s border communities
- $0.6 million to establish Food Next Door, a demonstration farm that will enable newly arrived migrants to collaborate in growing diverse crops using regenerative farming practices
- $0.5 million to further develop the Murray River Adventure Trail, a multi-sport adventure trail extending along the length of the Murray River
- $0.3 million to develop a Silo Art Trail across the Mallee through extending and rebranding existing silo-based arts installations.