Regional Partnerships - giving regional Victorians a real say10/04/2018
“Regional Partnerships are helping to transform the way communities work with Government and how Government delivers services in regional Victoria.”
Minister for Regional Development
The Central Highlands Regional Partnership, one of nine across the state, gives regional Victorians a real say about issues that matter to them.
Over the past nearly two years, the Partnership has held two Regional Assemblies in Ballarat and Creswick, and has consulted with thousands of people living and working in the region.
Together, they have identified critical investments for their community; and the Partnership has conveyed these priorities to the highest levels of Government.
Government has listened, learned — and is taking action, together with local communities.
The 2017/18 State Budget funded several projects identified as priorities through the 2016 Regional Partnership process. These included:
- $45 million for improving regional Digital Connectivity, a priority which was identified by each Partnership;
- Major investments in regional road and rail projects which were top of the list in many regions, as well as funding for Partnership specific projects including
- In the Central Highlands, for the development of a Prevention Lab, to promote better health in the region, and $1.7 million to relaunch the Victorian Rural Women’s Network.
The Central Highlands Regional Partnership’s 2017 Regional Assembly and consultation process confirmed many of the Partnership’s initial priorities but also identified new issues. Work is now taking place with all levels of Government to progress these priorities. View the Central Highlands Partnership’s 2017 priorities.
But it’s about more than Budget outcomes, explains Minister for Regional Development:
“Local solutions are often the best solutions. What works in Melbourne doesn’t always work in regional cities. What works in regional cities doesn’t always work in smaller rural towns. Regional Partnerships offer us invaluable insights into how we can better design public policy so that it fits the needs and expectations of diverse communities. The Wimmera Southern Mallee early years trial is a great example of this.”
And it goes beyond Assemblies:
“Beyond the formal get-togethers and consultation processes, the Partnerships are helping break down old silos and open up productive new lines of dialogue. This leads to place-based solutions that demand collaboration across and between all levels of government — making us a better, more responsive Government.”
Recently, the Minister for Regional Development announced dates for Assemblies 2018, including the Central Highlands’ Assembly in Ballarat on Thursday 14 June.