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Regional Development Victoria

Mallee Regional Partnership

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Bordering the Murray River, the Mallee Regional Partnership extends to the edge of the outback in far north-western Victoria.

Agriculture – broadacre cropping and irrigated – drives the Mallee’s economy with the area surrounding Mildura, Robinvale and Swan Hill among Victoria’s most productive horticultural region.

The Mallee Regional Partnership is a culturally diverse area, with strong indigenous heritage and a large Aboriginal population, a growing number of skilled migrants and people holding humanitarian visas.  The Murray River runs along the northern border of the Partnership and provides the region with access to irrigation water. It also lures tourists and people seeking a lifestyle change.

Population retention and the liveability of small towns, boosting growth in agriculture, food processing and other significant local industries, modernisation of Sunraysia’s irrigation infrastructure, and addressing serious health concerns, are likely to be among the opportunities and issues tackled by the Mallee Regional Partnership.

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2017/18 Victorian Budget outcomes for Mallee

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.

Mallee Regional Partnership highlights include:

  • Funding to deliver the Next Stage Riverfront Development in Swan Hill, to boost tourism and the local economy
  • Investment for the creation of a shared community library at the Robinvale Community Hub to improve community and educational resources in the region.

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

Regional Assembly snapshot

The Mallee Regional Partnership held their second Regional Assembly in Swan Hill on 29 June 2017. The evening was a great success with community members from all across the region taking part in shaping the future of the Mallee.



Who are the Mallee Regional Partnership members?

Win Scott

Winifred Scott – Chair

Win Scott has had extensive experience in the vocational education and training sector – most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Sunraysia Institute of TAFE until her retirement in June 2016.  La Trobe University awarded her an honorary Doctor of Education in May and she holds a Masters of Education Management. Win is a member of the Loddon Mallee Regional Advisory Committee for the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Deputy Chair of Arts Mildura. She has been involved in tourism and environmental projects and she is passionate about the arts.

Simone Heald

Simone Heald – Deputy Chair

Simone Heald is Chief Executive Officer of Sunraysia Community Health Service.  She completed her MBA in 2015. Simone has extensive experience in the community and social health sector with a strong understanding of disadvantage and related issues. She is passionate about new and innovative ways to better meet the social and physical needs of people in the region.

Tony Alessi

Dr Antonio Alessi

Dr Tony Alessi is a practicing chiropractor with background in community advocacy and small business. Tony has played an active role in local education, and currently serves on the Regional Advisory Council  of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Tony is passionate about attracting investment into the region to bring quality employment opportunities.

Rob Jardine

Robert Jardine

Robert Jardine has recently retired from his role of Economic Development Coordinator with Regional Development Victoria.  Rob has strong ties to the community and a background in State Government, business, regional development and education. Robert is passionate about maximising opportunities for growth and the delivery of quality services to the community.

Kay Martin

Kay Martin

Kay Martin is a consultant lawyer with MIR Lawyers. She holds both a Bachelor of Laws Hons and Economics.  Kay is actively involved in a broad scope of community and economic activities that span the education, aviation, water management and aged care sectors.

Glenn Stewart

Glenn Stewart

Glenn Stewart is the Strategic Manager for the Advancing Country Towns project in Robinvale.  Glenn has a strong background in education, youth and indigenous engagement and community activities. Glenn has lived and worked in the Mallee region for 33 years and is passionate about change management and ensuring positive outcomes for community through partnership development.

Rebecca Wells

Rebecca Wells

Rebecca Wells is Chair of the Merbein and District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank.  She passionately believes in the impact of community leadership programs and has been an active supporter of the Northern Mallee Leaders program.  She brings experience in community enterprise and education.  Rebecca holds a Master of Business Administration.

Regional Development Australia representative

Stuart John Mclean
Stuart John McLean is Deputy Chair of the Loddon Mallee Regional Development Australia Committee and until recently, a councillor of Buloke Shire Council, serving for the past 19 years.  Stuart was a self-employed agricultural business principal from 1967 to 2016. Stuart is inspired by the economic and lifestyle opportunities offered by the Mallee region and eager to ensure its prosperous and sustainable future.

Victorian Government representative

Katy Haire - Deputy Secretary, Early Childhood and School Education - Department of Education and Training

Local government CEOs

Lucy Roffey Lucy Roffey – CEO, Buloke Shire Council

Lucy Roffey is an executive leader, with a mix of financial and corporate skills combined with public, private and community expertise, and demonstrated success in bringing strategy, leadership and transformation to organisations. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand recently receiving recognition for 25 years in the profession and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to working in Local Government, Lucy was senior executive at the Australian Centre of the Moving Image, attracting a $20 million investment from the State Government in the redevelopment of the Centre and its programming to deliver high calibre exhibitions and experiences that were and continue to be valued by both the Victorian community and international tourists.

Eric Braslis

Eric Braslis – CEO, Gannawarra Shire Council

Eric took up the position of CEO as Gannawarra Shire Council in July 2015. He has previously held the positions of General Manager City Infrastructure and Director of Growth and Development at Ballarat City Council, General Manager of Planning and Development at Stonnington City Council and Director Planning and Environment and Director of Community Services at Hobsons Bay City Council. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Arts, Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, Canada, a Masters of Business Administration from Deakin University, has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course, has completed the Executive Leadership program at Harvard University (Boston) and is a graduate of LGPro’s  XLP program. Eric is presently on the Board of PINARC  Disability Services, IPWEA (Vic) (Institute of Public Works Engineers Australasia), the Victorian Building Authority (Building Appeals Board) and the Murray River Tourism Board.

John McLinden

John Mclinden – CEO, Swan Hill Rural City

Gerard Jose Gerard Jose – CEO, Mildura Rural City

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Last Updated: 11 July 2017