Regional Development Victoria

Our Regional Priorities and Outcomes

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The Partnership engages with the Central Highlands 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.


Our Region's Priorities

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.

Advanced Manufacturing

Develop a globally recognised advance manufacturing sector through the creation and expansion of an advanced manufacturing cluster in the Central Highlands comprising research and development, industry and education.


Implement a place-based approach to strengthening prevention to improve the health and well-being outcomes of the communities of the Central Highlands.

Digital Connectivity

Develop and implement an agreed plan with government, community and industry that defines 'digital success' for our region and provides the roadmap to realise the social and economic potential of the Central Highlands.

Transport Connectivity

Connect our communities locally, regionally and globally through improvement to transport infrastructure and services that promote health, well-being and economic sustainability.


Position the Grampians Region as the 'Centre of the New Energy Future' to ensure energy security and affordability that generates economic growth and community benefit to the region.

Social Welfare and Community

Collaborate with government, service providers, sector agencies and local communities to accurately understand the size, scale and future trends of homelessness in order to develop a Central Highlands place based response.

Visitor Economy

Activate Regional Victoria's Visitor Economy through increased private and government investment that triggers growth in visitor numbers and yield, creating new jobs for the region in the visitor economy.

Jobs Growth for Our Region

Attain jobs growth for the Central Highlands through the provision of advocacy, planning and support for projects that address challenges including the retention, renewal, recruitment, training and attraction to regional areas and regional jobs.

Agriculture and Environment

Maximise opportunities for our diverse food and fibre enterprises to participate and prosper delivering improved employment opportunities and liveability across our regional and rural communities.

Budget Outcomes for our Partnership

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.

Central Highlands Partnership priorities supported in the Victorian Government Budget 2018/19 include:

  • $0.5 million to build and activate the Prevention Lab brand, a community-based project to encourage healthy eating and exercise
  • $0.3 million for a Housing First Response pilot feasibility study to identify locally-appropriate responses to homelessness in the Central Highlands
  • $130 million for rail infrastructure upgrades from Maryborough and Ararat to Ballarat
  • $0.55 million for a workforce planning project to address skill development, housing and transport connections currently impacting the Ararat, Pyrenees and Northern Grampians Shires
  • $32 million for the water security for East Grampians project, building 1600km of pipeline to provide a secure water supply to 530,000 hectares of unserviced land
  • $0.05 million towards developing a hub for premium produce in the region.

Download the Central Highlands Regional Partnership 2018/19 Budget Fact Sheet for more information. (PDF 319.2 KB)

Find out more about the Victorian Budget 2018/19 outcomes for Victoria's regions

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