The Partnership engages with the Ovens Murray 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|
|Education and Skills
||Improve access to lifelong learning opportunities and create innovative learning pathways that support skills development now and into the future.|
||Improve transport connectivity so that it becomes an effective enabler for the region's communities, industries and service providers, with a particular focus on passenger rail improvements on the North East line.
|Digital Innovation and Inclusion
||Become a 'Smart Region' that connects people, attracts talent, encourages innovation and creates jobs and growth for the 21st century.
|Economic Growth||Create a prosperous and sustainable regional economy by growing and expanding the region's key and emerging economic sectors – agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and transport, distribution and logistics.|
|Climate Change and Renewable Energy||Support climate change adaptation, increase the region's focus on renewable energy, support innovative community based energy initiatives and better protect the natural environment.|
|Local Amenity and Infrastructure||Improve the liveability, prosperity and resilience of communities; provide better local amenities for residents and visitors to the region; and invest in infrastructure that supports development of the regional economy.|
|Health and Wellbeing||Strengthen community health and wellbeing, particularly for disadvantaged communities and vulnerable families and reduce the impact of family violence through access to integrated mental health services and resilience building programs; integrated service delivery models; and place-based initiatives, including public housing urban renewal.|
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.
Ovens Murray Partnership priorities supported in the Victorian Government Budget 2018/19 include:
- $2 million to progress the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing iconic walking trail project
- $300,000 towards the development of the Wangaratta Digital Hub
- $300,000 to complete the Wodonga Business Innovation Hub feasibility study
- $300,000 to develop the Hume Regional Renewable Energy Strategy
- A share of $50 million to boost the Regional Health Infrastructure Fund to provide infrastructure and services that meet the changing health needs of local communities
- A share of $11 million for the Victorian Mobile Project Round 4 to remove mobile black spots in regional Victoria
- A share of funding to provide free TAFE courses that meet industry needs, grow the regional visitor economy, support the health of our parks, and upgrade community infrastructure, including regional roads and schools.