Central Highlands Regional Partnership welcomes the Victorian Budget 2018/1902/05/2018
Central Highlands Regional Partnership Chair George Fong today welcomed the Victorian Government’s 2018/19 Budget which brought support for a number of the Partnership’s key priorities including the ‘Prevention Lab’ regional health initiative and our Housing First Response to address Homelessness in the Central Highlands.
The Budget included $500,000 to build and activate the ‘Prevention Lab’, a community-based project to encourage healthy eating and active living with a goal to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for communities across the Central Highlands. There was also $300,000 for a Housing First Response pilot to identify locally-appropriate responses to homelessness in the region both projects aimed at making positive differences to those living and working in the Central Highlands region.
The Central Highlands Regional Partnership – one of nine across the state – was established by the Victorian Government in 2016 recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.
Over the past two years, the Partnership has held two Regional Assemblies, and consulted widely with the community, taking the voice of Central Highlands residents directly to the Victorian Government.
“I am very happy with the outcomes of the Budget. It means we can progress key regional health, transport, community, agriculture and workforce priorities that will benefit people living and working across our region,“ says Mr Fong.
But he added that the Partnership is about more than securing budget outcomes.
Rather it is about transforming the way the region’s communities work with governments, and each other, to realise a shared vision for Central Highlands.
He adds that the Partnership has been effective in bringing different levels of government together in the region, in getting people talking, and in addressing issues that matter to the people of the Central Highlands region.
Among the Partnership’s achievements over the past two years have been taking the lead in creating the Grampians New Energy Taskforce (GNET), bringing together multiple organisations and state Government departments to focus on our new energy future, and leading the State Digital Connectivity mapping project working with communities across the Region to help Government better understand and address the digital divide in Regional Victoria.
Central Highlands residents will get a further chance to help shape their region’s future at the 2018 Central Highlands Regional Assembly which will be held in Ballarat on Thursday 14 June.