The Barwon 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.
From the famous Great Ocean Road coastline to the Otway forests, from rich farmland to the streets of Victoria’s biggest regional city, Geelong, our region spans spectacular and diverse landscapes.
We have a dynamic economy, with a strong manufacturing and processing sector, and great potential for growth in the professional services, tourism, international education, healthcare, Information and Communication Technologies and agribusiness sectors.
Our region includes:
- Four municipalities (City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Colac Otway Shire, Surf Coast Shire);
- A Gross Regional Product of $16.7 billion;
- A population of 316,900;
- More than 10% of people speaking a language other than English at home and more than 16% were born overseas.
Since our establishment in 2016, the Barwon Regional Partnership has been actively consulting and engaging with thousands of people living and working in our community.
From 2019, our engagement has evolved and is now much more focused, with a small number of targeted deep-dive engagements. This follows on from the annual Regional Assemblies held from 2016 to 2018.
Barwon Partnership's regional priorities are presented annually to Government on our region's priorities. In early 2019, the Partnership completed a Barwon Outcomes Roadmap (PDF 648.86 KB) - a summary of the key long term outcomes the Partnership is striving to achieve and what success will look like for the region. The roadmap also includes a description of the actions and key projects the Partnership is focussing on.
Over the past three years, we have seen a number of Partnership-championed projects get off the ground and supported in successive budgets.
However, the Partnership is much more than winning funding at Budget time.
We have been active in bringing different groups and parts of Government together in our region, in getting people talking, listening to the needs and expectations of our communities, and providing Governments with insight into how we can design policy to effectively service our region.