The Partnership engages with the Barwon community throughout the year and takes our region’s priorities to the Victorian Government.
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.
The Partnership recently completed an Outcomes Roadmap - a summary of the key outcomes the Partnership is striving to achieve, the actions and key projects the Partnership is focusing on, and what success will look like for the region. This is a living document and will be updated going forward.
One way in which our Partnership priorities can be realised is through the Budget process.
You can read about our 2019/20 Victorian Budget Outcomes below.
You can read about our previous Budget outcomes here.
Barwon Partnership priorities supported in the Victorian Government Budget 2019/20 include:
- $18.8 million increase in funding for the Geelong City Deal. The now more than $370 million City Deal for Geelong and the Shipwreck Coast will help realise the economic potential of the tourism industry, boost emerging businesses and ensure Geelong and the broader region remain a great place to work, live and visit
- $1.6 million for the Great Ocean Road action plan. This funding will establish a new statutory authority to manage and protect the Great Ocean Road, its land and seascapes
- $100 million for the Western Rail Plan to facilitate the separation of regional and metropolitan services on the Geelong line to reduce crowding, support population growth and enable fast rail
- $2 million for the design and scoping of the duplication of 11 kilometres of track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds Station
- $13.5 million from the Building Better TAFEs Fund to upgrade the Gordon Culinary School at the TAFE’s Gordon City Campus – delivering state-of-the-art training facilities for cookery and hospitality students in Geelong
- $3 million for Victoria’s Coastcare program, supporting local volunteers and their important work across out coastlines