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The Gippsland Regional Partnership consults and engages with its community throughout the year. In 2019/20, this engagement will be through targeted deep dive meetings.

Each of the nine Regional Partnerships hosted a virtual roundtable in May/June 2020 to hear directly from community and business leaders across regional Victoria.

The insights and evidence from the roundtables are now assisting the government in better understanding the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on local communities and paving the way for recovery through identifying the unique challenges and opportunities each region faces in driving social and economic recovery.

Working in tandem with the Regional Partnerships, Victoria’s five regionally based Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees helped determine place-based solutions to local issues and align Victorian and national efforts across all three tiers of government.

Read the outcomes of the Gippsland roundtable session: Gippsland Regional Roundtable 2020 Playback (PDF 593.93 KB)PDF icon.

In previous years, the annual Regional Assembly has provided a large forum and focus for such engagement.

Read about the Gippsland Regional Assemblies below.

2018 Gippsland Regional Assembly
2017 Gippsland Regional Assembly
2016 Gippsland Regional Assembly

2018 Gippsland Regional Assembly

The Gippsland 2018 Regional Assembly was held on Thursday 28 June in Wonthaggi, with a satellite session held concurrently at Lakes Entrance. There were almost 250 guests in attendance across both sites.

Starting with an expo, it was an opportunity to see and hear what was happening in Gippsland across the Partnership priorities:

  • Skills and Education
  • Connectivity
  • Energy and Resources
  • New Jobs and Industry
  • Food and Fibre
  • Family and Community Wellbeing, and
  • Tourism and the Visitor Economy.

Following a vote, we then broke into groups for detailed discussion on:

  • Increase Aspirations – Education at all levels
  • Rail Line Dedicated to Gippsland and
  • A Regional Carbon Innovation Research Centre.

It was great to see so many people there and to hear the depth of conversation.

A report was sent to attendees and can be found here.

2017 Gippsland Regional Assembly

In 2017, the Gippsland Regional Partnership held an Assembly in Sale, and two mini Assemblies were held in Leongatha and Lakes Entrance.

190 people attended our 2017 Gippsland Regional Assembly in August, with a further 140 at our mini Assemblies.

Each was a chance for local people to tell Partnership members and Government Ministers and representatives what is important to us.

The main topics discussed at the Assembly were:

  • Environment and Energy
  • Connectivity
  • Family and Community Wellbeing (including health)
  • New Jobs and Industry
  • Social Welfare
  • Energy and Resources
  • Food and Fibre.

A letter and a snapshot were sent to attendees.

2016 Gippsland Regional Assembly

The Gippsland Regional Partnership hosted its first Regional Assembly on 17 November 2016 in Moe.

Local residents, government and businesses came together to talk about Gippsland’s strengths and challenges and their vision for the future of the region.

There were a total of 198 attendees at the Assembly, with the majority of participants (46 per cent) coming from the local government area of Latrobe City Council.

The main topics discussed at the Assembly were:

  • Food and Fibre
  • Energy
  • New jobs and industry
  • Education and wellbeing
  • Connectivity
  • Tourism and the visitor economy
  • Latrobe Valley.

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